James Moore: Joe Wehrle nailed it, dead center. Joe is wise, heed him. I genuflect in his general direction.
Frank: Actually, Jabba the Dickhead (Rush Lumbaugh) has already called the Pope a communist. Not all that surprising, is it?
Josh: Iíve seen some sixty-odd of those movies, with several others on my to-see list. Thanks for the reminder of the ones I havenít seen yet.
Tony in Indy: There are many that feel your pain. Truly. I hope you find your answer. I say *your* answer, since the one that will work for you is yours alone.
I got an 83. But BAD BOY BUBBY? Really?
Still, I should talk. My own list of 100 would be so strange and obscure, I'd be thrown out of Hollywood and not allowed back in.
Michael Rapoport -
Yes, thank you for refreshing my memory regarding George Roy Hill. In addition to A LITTLE ROMANCE, his adaptation of SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE is another film I love. I found it very faithful to the book, and I cannot forget the Dresden (with Prague standing in for that city) scenes...with all that glorious Bach music.
In case anyone is interested, below is a link to a reprint by the LA Times of Harlan Ellison's review of the Kurt Vonnegut when it came out in 1969.
Working on It
HARLAN -- I worked on fixing the problem for a time this morning but am running off to my second Thanksgiving with Cris' side of the family. I'll call you tomorrow once the damned thing is fixed.
Just to let you know: Harlan has been unconscionably tardy in letting you know that our dear friend, JANIS IAN, is having a charity auction at http://stores.ebay.com/thepearlfoundation/
Harlan has contributed something you might find interesting.
Have fun, and I hope you all had a lovely holiday.
With all kindness--Susan
Josh's favorite movie list
Of the hundred listed, I've seen 86. I was especially pleased with "Sorcerer" with Roy Scheider included which is a forgotten classic, adventure/thriller. The truck/bridge scene still sticks in memory after all these years. Great picks!
GENTLE REPLY TO TONY IN INDIANAPOLIS
I cannot, with kindness, help you.
You understand, and you explicate quickly, completely, the nature of your torment. You ALREADY understand.
If I could nullify or mitigate your situation, I swear I would.
But you already understand. I wish you well. But this struggle is your own. Only your own.
Respectfully, and with a hug, Yr. Pal, Harlan
I scored a C+ when taking the Josh Olson "Have you seen this movie?" test. Strangely, I actually own about 70-73 of the 76 I've seen.
Now that is a great list and much to my dismay I've only seen 51 of the 100.
Leolo? Really? I know three other people who've ever even heard of it. I recall having extremely mixed feelings about it coming out of the theater.
Also, the magnificent Richard Lester version of the Musketeers somehow has not appeared on any of the other lists floating around, which troubles me. I've heard there will be a new version from the BBC coming out soon, in conjunction with a new translation of the book. If the BBC does the same excellent job on it they've been doing these last couple of decades, there will be two film versions of the Three Musketeers worth seeing.
(Yeah, I liked the Gene Kelly version, but I'm not sure it was a good one.)
Speaking of Josh Olson's taste in movies, anyone looking for a truly pointless way to waste some time should go here:
"In celebration of Cyber Monday E-Reads is releasing an elegant matched collection of over thirty major works by multiple award winning fantasist Harlan." The announcement is offline, but you can see the covers at Amazon:
Plenty of Brain Movies V announcements now
The Pope has the holy ghost, no doubt. He would be called a communist if he was not insulated by religion.
Another acid-like irony is that Obama would never talk like that.
Rep Tom Cole, you need to read Adam Smith better because he was against division of labor.
Josh and myself have similar tastes. Love Duel, love the Warriors. Think Sergeant Peppers is crazy fun--it is so bad it is good.
Golden Slumbers is really heartfelt.
James Moore: You must have been absent a few weeks ago when there was a days-long discussion (and heated arguments) about this very topic. You can probably find it if you go back. Maybe somebody here knows the approximate dates.
Ask your friend if it's OK to steal a grumpy old lady's Social Security money out of her purse if she is prejudiced and unfair to the people in her neighborhood. Justifying piracy for any reason will, I believe, open a big can of worms. "So-and-so got into a fight with my favorite author at the Comic-con, so I'm gonna swipe and read all forty years of his stories for free." There are very good writers who hold opinions that are offensive to me, and sometimes it does influence whether or not I want to read their work. Others are better able to separate the man from the work than I, and that's fine. It's not my place to think for anyone else.
"Brain Movies" Volume 5 mentioned on io9
This just in:
How do Harlan and others feel about ENDER'S GAME?
Dear Harlan and friends,
Greetings to all. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It's been a little bit since I last posted; family obligations have been getting more urgent I'm afraid. But i wanted to chime in with a question for the group, as I've been seeing quite a bit of controversy over this recently, and have gotten into quite a squabble with a classmate over this.
A lot of controversy has come into light over Orson Scott Card, the author of ENDER'S GAME, who's made several horrible comments regarding homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Many people have noted that none of the content in the author's recent remarks, and even his religious dogma (that of Mormon) appears in the book, and have made the claim that there should be a separation between the author and the book.
I've just read the book, and found it quite good, and deserving of its awards. I can't justify the author's statements and ideology in the real world, but he does have other work and statements (i.e., SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD, ENDER'S GAME) which have garnered acclaim and honor and are worth some mentioning. And while I cannot jutify his statements regarding homosexuals, I cannot censor him because I feel strongly about freedom of speech.
Which brings me to my friend. Now my friend is ultra-liberal. While he and I share some similar thoughts and ideas, sometimes we butt heads. In this issue we butted heads a lot. See, any topic or issue that he finds offensive, like homophobia or rape, he doesn't even want to hear the words, like they don't exist. He claims that certain jokes and statements should never be made, no matter the context. I agree with him that homophobia, rape, and other things like that are abysmal, but I can't get over the censorship. WHat's worse, he feels he should PIRATE Card's works instead of buy his books outright and "line his pockets." That I can't stand. To illegally steal someone's art is wrong, no matter what the justification. I would rather him buy a used copy from a secondhand store as opposed to that.
How shuld I respond and/or feel about this? How do I respond to this writer who's personal ideology I cannot stand but whose boks I appreciate, and how should I respond to my friend, who is very close to me? It's a weird philosophical problem, but I'm just not sure.
Anyway, many thanks and love to all.
Just heard on the news that actor Paul Walker of The Fast and the Furious has been killed in a car accident. From early reports he was not the driver but both occupants have been killed.
Remembering Joanne Siegel
Let's take a moment to remember one of comics' greatest heroines, Joanne Siegel (December 1, 1917 Ė February 12, 2011). She was Superman co-creator Joe Shuster's model for Lois Lane and, years later, she married Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel. By all accounts, she was strong and tireless in her efforts to get Jerry and their family what was rightfully theirs. My contact with her was limited, but she sent me a few notes over the years and she clearly appreciated all those who stood with her and Jerry. There will be no harsh comments from me today about those who didn't stand with her and Jerry. This isn't the place for that. But it is a place to say that comicdom and the world could use a lot more great strong women like Joanne.
The director of A LITTLE ROMANCE was the very-underrated George Roy Hill, who also directed BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE and THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP, among other films.
Harlan: Just want to say "Hi." I miss y'all! Hugs,
To Ms. Modell
Can't thank you enough for pointing out that story--I've always rated it at the top (between fourth and sixth depending on when I consider it) stories in the Dangerous Visions anthology. Many stories describe things beautifully, but that story made me feel profoundly. Scaring people isn't too tough, but horrifying one, as I was horrified at the end of that story, that's something else.
Saw your post. Did what was required. Went there.
NO POST it said.
We'll talk...we'll try again...you'll walk me through, down another path.
Yr. Pal, Harlan
Please tell me to stop thinking of being a writer. I think about it and have written but the desire to vs. the lack of doing just drives me nuts. I can look up outlets that pay and I can debate with myself over using a computer or a typewriter and I can think up ideas to write knowing full well they won't get written (or if they do they never get past a single page) or I can just stop. My wife has told me that maybe I just don't like writing.
I know it was debated long ago here but the idea came out that you're a writer when a writer says you're a writer. I'm asking for a release that I can't or won't give to myself.
Steve Perry: I was fully prepared for a response like yours. "How do you know you won't like it unless you try it?" That's the same jive line every dealer laid on me for years, hoping to to turn me into a regular customer. Of COURSE mind-altering drugs make you feel good -- would anyone go to the expense and potential health risk and retribution from the law if it DIDN'T make them feel good? But I grew up around stoners, listened to them giggling and talking insipidly in dorm rooms for hours, then recounting their "adventures in enlightenment" later on when their heads had cleared -- and it was always the same monotonous verbal crud, boring beyond belief. Even drunks make better conversation. Whatever revelations the drugs had given them, they couldn't express them with any less banality than the films that used to have psychedlic "trip" sequences. Maybe it's a completely private, incommunicable experience, but I was and am interested in communicating with other people. I never wanted to be or sound like one of those ubiquitous drug bores, and while I may be another kind of bore, at least I'm not THAT kind.
I also have no interest whatsoever in jumping out of a plane, even with a parachute, no matter how thrilling it undoubtedly is. But I heartily wish the rest of you who are interested a safe and enjoyable trip.
Brain Movies V announcement
The Romanian edition of DV is now out
Josh Olson on DUEL
SEX! LIES! SECRETS!: The Dirty Little World of Harlan Ellisonís Pulling a Train and Getting in the Wind
Read at own risk. These folks find Harlan hypocritical but fail to make a convincing argument.
Dan Simmons interview about The Abominable
Friends of Ellison Gallery
HARLAN - Saw your note...ouch! I checked and there seem to be intermittent problems with the host. (Which is why I'm moving away from them, to be honest).
I'm in transit back to LA today, so I'll check in with you tomorrow once I can take a look directly on my Mac instead of my iPad. Here is a reposting of the gallery site, if you feel like trying again. Luck of the draw, apparently.
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