You know I meant No(t in danger!)
Penultimate sentence should read "been left for dead." Or should that be pinultimate sentence, given the bits of titanium now in my left knee and right ankle? Just as the Catholic Church's Index provided Evelyn Waugh with an excuse not read Sartre, I now have a valid reason not to fly.
Well, WTF, there appear to be two possibilities.
One, even though Harlan has been dead for several months, Eatoin still hates his memory so much that he hopes his house burned down during Jerry Brown's recent efforts to find out what happens when you declare a drought over when it's not really over and then slash 115 million dollars from the forestry fire-fighting budget while also cutting the dead tree-removal and emergency water tank program by 80%. Perhaps he hates Harlan's memory as much as my ancestors who disinterred Cromwell's bones hated Cromwell's memory, or as much as the antifas now toppling Confederate memorials hate the memory of my Southern ancestors (and by extension me, who returns their hatred in equal measure, but I digress).
Two, maybe he just made a typo, then, instead of adding a correction later, he said to himself, "Surely people will see that it was a simple mistake rather than put the worst possible construction on an obviously well-meant post."
This post was brought to you by Oxycodone, the breakfast of champions AND pedestrians who have left for dead. I am in the hands of the Sackler family.
Why on earth would you hope the answer is "No"????
Question: fire zone
For us Eastcoasters who will never be able to find Wonderland without a good cabbie: Is The House safe from the LA region fire?
Hoping the answer is No, but also for a very simple post stating yea or nay,
You could play the radio so that you could hardly hear it
I know this woman who worked her way through medical school as a stripper and is now a neurosurgeon. She tells me that breast implants can be tax-deductible. Also she tells me that the first time she ever read Ballard's THE TERMINAL BEACH AND OTHER STORIES was while backpacking through Thailand, where she found a mildewed copy of it in an abandoned beach shack. It was the most wonderful reading experience of her life, she says, and she can never hope to have another one as good.
Another interesting reading experience is to re-read Hemingway's "The Gambler, the Nun, and the Radio" while lying with two broken legs in a hospital bed after being left for dead by motorist in a hurry to get to the liquor store before closing time. The nurse tells me that the patient down the hall who keeps moaning "Hey" over and over doesn't have long.
Ah, the things you learn.
Just received my copy of the Rabbit Hole. I had to open my signed copy of 'Repent...' and trace Harlan's signature with my finger tip. I din't know shy.... it just made me feel better.
Douglas Rain 1928 - 2018
Rain had a long and distinguished career in the theater but over here in the States anyway he will forever be identified with That Voice.
"I know I've never completely freed myself from the suspicion that there are some extremely odd things about this mission."
Stan Lee: one of the two Stans in my life, the other being my father. Both of them sons of Romanian Jewish immigrants, both heroes of my childhood, one of them now fallen. 'Nuff said.
R.I.P. Stanley Lieber, 1922-2018. Excelsior!
A new issue of the RABBIT HOLE--#56--is headed to the printer today. If your HERC membership has lapsed, but you want the new issue of the RABBIT HOLE and the 10%-off discount for non-sale items at Susan's Shoppe, renew with all deliberate speed:
I think Bulger picked up the comment he made at the end of Harlan's anecdote in the punitentary.
The name of the piece is simply titled: At Last!! The "Whitey" Bulger Anecdote. He posted it here on 15 November 2013.
Homage to Harlan
I didn't want to mention it last year, lest Harlan dropped in and saw my post and had an opinion on it--positive or negative, I didn't really want his input on the matter--but I included a very Harlan-esque character in my last novel (https://www.amazon.com/I-Choose-Not-Love-You/dp/1541366468/). Well, Harlan-esque and Susan-esque. It was written with all due respect, but I was reluctant to publicly admit to this. Now? I think (hope) it can be taken as a quiet appreciation of the Ellison' presence in my life. The fictional Harlan-like creation has the very important job of helping the main character connect the dots.
"I Choose..." is a NaNoWriMo thing that I wrote in 2016 and published the following January (so take that as you will), and I'm actually using this year's NaNoWriMo to re-edit a completed but never published book. Not that I have much hope for this one, either. But we try because we must, don't we?
I recall that a number of years ago Harlan told his Whitey Bulger story here in several parts. He had been promising to post it and Pavilion members kept pestering him. When it finally appeared, it was well worth the wait. I'm sure some of you here remember it. Funny, suspenseful, slightly surreal -- classic Harlan.
That'd be the first installment of I Had a Thought Today. Pages 213-218 in THE LAST PERSON TO MARRY A DUCK LIVED 300 YEARS AGO.
And bests to all.
Yes, I too recalled that Harlan had written something about Bulger. Does anyone recall the title?
Just Sayin's attempts to act as a gatekeeper here are often as annoying as his handle. We have all seen our share of gangster movies in which a henchman makes a tactles remark to some Whitey Bulger-type and lamely punctuates it with "I'm just sayin'." What happens next is never good.
Harlan did publish an essay about his encounter with Mr. Bulger. I think he also posted it on this board. The news does have something to do with Harlan. I wonder what he would think about Whitey Bulger's death?
Yes, we know. But this STILL isn't a news site.
Whitey Bulger Killed In Prison!
Not wanting to be...
...the last man standing.
Oops -- dropped a 'that'. If only this place had an 'edit' function.....
One sentence is hardly "going on", but I shall let that pass. It's okay if you don't remember; that was all of six months ago, and that part of the archive is still missing. So I won't recap it for you. But "believe me", it did happen way. (And unlike that other guy who says "believe me", when IIII say "believe me" you can, um, believe me.)
And I am not any other crank, just me.
Now some of that may be "going on", but you needn't say so.
An April Fool
I have no more idea what you're going on about that I do which pseudonymous crank you are.