Saturday, October 26, 2019
Harlan Ellison bleg
I've been reading The Harlan Ellison Hornbook, a collection of Ellison pieces originally written in the 1970s for the Los Angeles Free Press. Yes, I know he could be an asshole, but I like his writing. If you read his writing, you get the best thing about him.
There's a discussion in one chapter of what Ellison read as a kid:" .... I was already reading the classics and An Introduction to General Semantics (introduction by S.I. Hayakawa) while the rest of my classmates were heavy into Lad: A Dog and Star Third Baseman by John R. Tunis .... " (from "Installment 23," i.e. chapter 23 of the book.
Apparently it wasn't just Heinlein and Robert Anton Wilson; a lot of writers from a certain generation read Korzybski.
If your vices include reading Harlan Ellison and using ebooks, watch for sales; often one of his books goes on sale for about $2. As I write this, The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World: Stories is on sale.
Another Harlan Ellison blog post.