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An Edge in My Voice [Download] ➽ An Edge in My Voice Author Harlan Ellison – At the beginning of the 1980's Harlan Ellison agreed to do a regular column for the LA WEEKLY on the condition that they publish whatever he wrote without revising it or suggesting rewrites This colle in My Kindle Ø At the beginning of the 's Harlan Ellison agreed to do a regular column for the LA WEEKLY on the condition that they publish whatever he wrote without revising it or suggesting rewrites This collection collects what he wrote under those conditions He writes in a conversational voice but he is An Edge PDF or impassioned persuasive abusive and hilarious by turns.

10 thoughts on “An Edge in My Voice

  1. Marvin Marvin says:

    This is an collection of the columns Ellison wrote for the LA Weekly in the 80s They were written with the admonishment that the paper could not edit them in any way I remember reading most of these when they appeared weekly I was an ardent fan of the column So it is great that they now appear in one volume so I can nostalgically peruse them againThe strength and weakness of these essays is that they are Harlan Ellison unedited They exhibit his passion his social awareness and his awesome power with words They also show off his narcissism his obsession with himself and his well publicized abrasiveness A case in point is when Ellison writes about a series of racist letters from a heckler Most authors would roll their eyes then throw the letters in the trash pile Ellison makes it a personal mission to find this person and his narrative of this mission becomes both harrowing and rather disturbingYet for the most part Ellison is point on in his recollections of the film business and the 80s socio political scene Reading both Ellison's well thought out commentaries and his at the moment rantsyou get plenty of bothcan be exhilarating While there is no uestion that Ellison is one of the best fiction writers in the later part of the 20th century there can also be a case made for Ellison being one of our most important essayists

  2. Thomas Thomas says:

    This thing doesn't get five stars because it's so astonishingly brilliant or because I agree with Ellison's ideas; sometimes they're half baked and often he's just totally bizarre It gets five stars because I don't care HOW half baked Ellison can get sometimes Back when I read these opinionated essays packed with pratfalls and brilliant linguistic pirouettes they affected me so profoundly that for me they completely revised what it means to write nonfiction To this day whenever I sit down to write a blog post opinion piece essay or bit of personal experience I'm always thinking a little bit about Ellison in his crazed '80s LA Weekly days He's stylistically as much a part of my nonfiction as Hunter S Thompson or Mark Twain I don't know that Ellison always stands up to those giants but manhe sure as fuck tried The cat was aces Daddyaces Diamond geezer The man could abuse a typewriter like none otherParts of this book also serve as an unparalleled snapshot of the social debates in LA during the time period of the columns Seriously interesting stuff as far as Los Angeles history goes

  3. Norman Cook Norman Cook says:

    This is Ellison at his peak and you'll probably either love it or hate it Ellison tended to veer towards sarcasm and hyperbole but the essence of his opinions come through loud and clear It's said that the things change the they stay the same These essays from the early 1980s the bulk from 1982 are for the most part just as relevant today Ellison rails against a President who lies and marks journalists for derision for publishing the truth Other targets of Ellison's wrath include the fight for gun control the fight for civil rights for women and minorities the fight to defend environmental protection laws and the greed of American corporations and their war against unions to name a few Perhaps the only major topic he didn't cover is health care In between these were less weighty topics but all were filled with Ellison's refusal to bow to authority or suffer fools

  4. David Allen David Allen says:

    Akin to Henry Rollins' long 21st century run as an LA Weekly columnist Ellison's yearlong stint for the alt weekly in the early 1980s brought a recognizable name with a sometimes angry profane style For good or bad Ellison was less focused churning out columns that often ran 2000 to 5000 words on whatever topics occurred to him Nearly 40 years on most of them are still fun to read and he won a PEN Award for them

  5. Redsteve Redsteve says:

    Much as I enjoy Ellison's writing I was unimpressed by most of the columns in this book For some reason the writing style didn't grab me I've enjoyed his nonfiction like The Glass Teat and The Other Glass Teat but for the most part these fell flat On a side note seeing how the political climate has evolved from when he was writing Reagan era to today is just plain depressing

  6. Algernon Algernon says:

    Harlan Ellison who is still around at this writing was as an essayist as vivid and impassioned as his fiction At the beginning of the 1980s he agreed to do a regular column for the LA WEEKLY on the condition that they publish whatever he wrote without revising it or suggesting rewrites He demanded and got the freedom to choose any target no matter how sensitive to the paper's interests or its readership A wise editor agreed The results are collected in this volumeHis columns are not formally structured but don't be misled into thinking these columns were easy He writes in a conversational voice establishing a personal rapport with the reader but these are personal letters from a brilliant nimble conversationalist Ellison cajoles caresses eulogizes excoriates and is not above playing pranks on people who send him hate mail The columns evoke the tensions the hopes and the lies of the Reagan Era; of Hollywood advertising and journalism in that time; of Ellison's advocacy of the Eual Rights Amendment and gun control By turns he is riotously funny righteously indignant and capable of issuing a devastating fatwa like call to outrage and democratic retributionEllison contends that we should dispense with the notion that every common person is entitled to an opinion; but that every person should be entitled to an informed opinion and the means to express it as befits a citizen of this nation In this it is call not only to outrage but to excellence

  7. John Bruni John Bruni says:

    Reading Harlan Ellison books always makes me feel like I've learned something important I'm not just talking about vocabulary and he sent me to the dictionary uite a few times over the course of this book but there is a lot to discover about the human condition in these pages I don't agree with all of Ellison's views especially when it comes to art but many of them inspire activism He wants you all to care about very important issues like gun control and media censorship You'll also learn a few valuable lessons about the writing industry and what to do if your publisher tries to screw you over Hint take them to SMALL claims court and be very specific about naming people at the publishing house so they don't just send the janitor to defend themselves This is a very important book and I highly recommend it to everyone

  8. Amy Amy says:

    Harlan Ellison is absolutely hilarious as well as sharply intelligent in his opinion writing and this book showcases these facts

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