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Pay the Writer

March 26, 2010

Harlan Ellison’s rant of the decade. Today, Dave “I Know About Things” Wallin and I were talking about the novel concept of getting paid for your work. He brought up Dreams with Sharp Teeth, the Harlan Ellison documentary.

From Amazon:

Crackling with infectious energy, Dreams with Sharp Teeth pays homage to the dark prince of American letters, Harlan Ellison. Master of his craft, Ellison has heroically produced over 75 books and 1,700 articles on his Olympia manual typewriter, including Star Trek episodes and brilliant, award-winning short stories, some written in bookstore windows, on very public display.

Wildly imaginative writer, foul-mouthed provocateur, unholy fusion of Lenny Bruce and Hunter S. Thompson, Ellison’s remarkable personal journey is lovingly rendered by director Erik Nelson.

The film draws on over 25 years of exclusive video footage that captures Ellison at his most irritating and inspiring, curmudgeonly and lovable. See Ellison rant about the idiocies of fandom, confess to mailing a dead gopher to a publishing house, recall his tortuous childhood, and speak about the joy (and misery) of writing. The film features candid interviews with famous and surprising friends, including actor Robin Williams, author Neil Gaiman and Ron Moore (Battlestar Galactica), who flesh out Ellison’s prodigious contributions to the literary and entertainment worlds, as well as their very personal encounters with this unique Force Of Nature.

Thanks for reading. Pay the writers, asses.

And then pay the writers’ asses.

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