Unca Harlan's Art Deco Dining Pavilion

Discussion of the man and his work.

Welcome to the Art Deco Dining Pavilion! Here's the deal. This is Harlan's little breakfast nook at Webderland. When he's not here, we chat about him and his work. When he is, we act like we're guests in his home. That's about all there is to it. (link to More specific rules) Oh, and since the nook doesn't exactly hold a crowd (and to prevent the less frequent voices from being drowned out), please limit yourself to one post a day unless Harlan asks you a direct question. The Pavilion Annex is available if you're the logorrheic type. Also, we have archives of old posts. RSS Feed

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- Sunday, May 19 2019 5:32:5

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Beautiful Northridge, CA - Sunday, May 19 2019 5:30:25

Prize-winning essay on Leo and Diane Dillon books

"Collecting the Dillons: Six Decades of Unparalleled Illustration" by Jessica Jordan


A great read illustrated with photos from the winner's collection. I printed it out in color and put it in my files.

Beautiful Northridge, CA - Friday, May 17 2019 21:50:37

Susan Ellison quoted in article
“I thought he’d go kicking and screaming, but he died quietly. And I thought I’d be a lot more prepared,” she continued. Instead, she said, “I essentially shut down. He gave me a terrific life and he loved me completely. But I gave my life to him and now I don’t know who I am anymore. I have to find out.”


Steve Evil <evening_tsar@hotmail.com>
- Friday, May 17 2019 19:42:4

Once again, thanks for your eloquent and thoughtful contribution.


- Friday, May 17 2019 10:20:54

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Steve Evil <evening_tsar@hotmail.com>
Soviet Canuckistan - Tuesday, May 14 2019 14:29:27

Hey y'all,

My latest Ellison acquisition arrived in the mail today - haven't opened it yet, I'm saving it for a moment when I can savour it like a long awaited (and well earned) Christmas package. Much thanks.

Been drinking deeply of "Love Ain't Nothing", and falling for Unca Harlan all over again. The intro is profound. PLain-spoken, but profound. The stories are sending a chill down my spine. I felt a twinge of unhappy recognition in "Valerie", for an ex who behaved in much the same way. Unlike Unca Harlan, I let it drag on for more than a year. Oh, how hard I tried to forget this essay during that time!

Why do we do it? Well, I think Unca Harlan had an inkling. . .

As for books Ezra?

If you're on an Eastern European kick, my personal favourite is Vasily Grossman's "Life and Fate", which was inspired by his time a correspondent to the Great Patriotic War. He covered Stalingrad, Kursk, and Treblinka (his articles were even used as testimony at Nuremberg). He survived Stalinism, Naziism, anti-semitism and war, and still came through with faith in human dignity.

For a completely different perspective, Milan Kundera and Joseph Škvorecký are pretty cool too . . .

-Steve E.

Robert Nason <Nightwriterblue82@gmail.com>
Whitestone, NY - Sunday, May 12 2019 21:40:39

Ezra --

Yes, I recently read a biography of another great 20th-century Jewish writer, Adina Hoffman's BEN HECHT: FIGHTING WORDS, MOVING PICTURES. Hecht was a journalist, novelist, playwright, memoirist, impassioned voice for the murdered Jews of Europe in the 1940s and then an activist on behalf of Israel. Along the way, he wrote about half (according to either Pauline Kael or Jean-Luc Godard) of the most entertaining movies of Hollywood's Golden Age. An immensely entertaining life, well told by Hoffman. Next I'm going to read the other new Hecht biography, THE NOTORIOUS BEN HECHT (Hecht, of course, penned the screenplay of Alfred Hitchcock's
NOTORIOUS) by Julien Gorbach, which is about twice as long as Hoffman's book. I wonder if it will be twice as entertaining.

- Sunday, May 12 2019 18:31:2

Read any good books lately?
For the last couple months I've been bouncing back and forth between Isaac Bashevis Singer (Magician of Lublin, Satan in Goray)and Bruno Schulz (Cinnamon Shops in multiple translations). Now I'm starting the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation of Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita.

I don't know why my reading took an eastern European turn but then since I left the academy low those many years ago all my reading is like the universe, contingent and probabilistic. I refuse to read except for pleasure and I mostly succeed.

Since my reading is so unsystematic I assume there are gaps in my education. Sooo...anybody read any good books lately?

- Sunday, May 12 2019 13:40:47

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Beautiful Northridge, CA - Friday, May 10 2019 6:7:39


Thank you, Christopher Stout. And I have always loved that black-and-white photo chosen for the cover. Especially with that low angle shot, Mr. Ellison looks lile some powerful film director on set.

Christopher Stout
Michigan - Thursday, May 9 2019 18:5:27

This is one of the four books put together for folks who supported the Book Preservation Project on Kickstarter. The only way to get ‘em (unless you want to throw down $250 for one, which is robbery — $200 got you all four) was by supporting that at certain levels.

Northridge , CA - Thursday, May 9 2019 15:40:21

New Ellison book $250--Really?

I stumbled upon this new paperback book on
Amazon called THE ELLISON TREATMENT listed for $250. Publisher is Edgeworks Abbey, and the publication date listed as April 25, 2019 and is 150 pages. Book description: "A chronicle of Harlan Ellison's early years in Hollywood, THE ELLISON TREATMENT collects television and theatrical scenarios from the early days of a Hollywood career that spanned 60 years."

I don't recall this title being announced on this board or elsewhere. Does anyone have this book?



I just read Stephen King's ON WRITING. Part autobiography, part guide on the craft of writing. The section on how he wrote CARRIE was very moving, especially when he detailed how these two female outcasts at his high school --and what ultimately befell them--informed his writing of the title character. It was heartrending and sickening. The humanity....

Also, the passages regarding his alcoholism was very interesting. He mentions that he didn't realize that the alcoholic Jack Torrance writer character in THE SHINING was actually himself until after he had finished writing the novel!

Beautiful Northridge, CA - Tuesday, May 7 2019 4:19:26

35th anniversary screening of THE TERMINATOR

It takes place Saturday, May 11, at 7:30PM at Ahrya Fine Arts in Los Angeles:



I just re-read James Tipree, Jr's "The Milk of Paradise." Mr. Ellison introduction to this story now seems funny, especially when he writes the following:

Tiptree is the man to beat this year.
Wilhelm is the woman to beat, but Tiptree is the man.

I just ordered JAMES TIPTREE, JR.: THE DOUBLE LIFE OF ALICE B. SHELDON by Julie Phillips. Can't wait to read it.

Christopher Stout
Michigan - Saturday, May 4 2019 17:42:11

That line is from the Author's Note to "The Man Who Rowed Christopher Columbus Ashore." It's in BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 1993. I'm not sure if it's is any of the new books, but it might be. Mine haven't arrived yet.

Joe <joecastr@gmail.com>
Las Vegas, Nevada - Saturday, May 4 2019 12:7:43

Trying to recall where Harlan wrote this...
I'm wondering if anyone remembers this quote from Harlan. I've been wracking my brain about it for a couple weeks and haven't been able to find it. Paraphrased and out of context, it was something along the lines of "even if you're wandering through the Sahara desert and a safe falls out of a plane flying overhead and lands directly on you with no one around for miles in any direction, you are still responsible for putting yourself there at that moment."

Does this ring any bells? From when I remember it I suspected it was either in An Edge in My Voice or The Essential Ellison, but I haven't been able to find it.

Jason Davis <ellison.editor@gmail.com>
Burbank, CA - Friday, May 3 2019 12:42:8

Fewer than 60 hours remain in The Great Ellison Carpet Sale!
Don't miss your chance to own a piece of Ellison Wonderland during HarlanEllisonBooks.com's first plumbing-inspired sale.

The sale runs from 12AM PDT on the 29th of April 2019 through 12AM PDT on the 6th of May 2019--7 days. At the end of the sale, whoever has spent the most money (in one order, excluding tax and shipping) will receive a piece of the blue carpet with which the Ellison master bedroom has been upholstered. Whoever spends the second largest amount during the week (in one order, excluding tax and shipping) will receive a square of the red carpet, which now adorns the corridor and dining room floors. Susan Ellison will provide a note of provenance.

For the duration of the sale, the HERC discount will be 15% off all regularly priced items (increased from the usual 10%), so if you're not already a member of the Harlan Ellison Record Collection—which entitles you to the aforementioned discount and six issues of the Rabbit Hole—you can join at https://www.harlanellisonbooks.com/product/herc-harlan-ellison-record-collection-membership/. We still have copies of Rabbit Hole #57, which shipped out last week.

- Friday, May 3 2019 7:58:48

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Chuck Messer
- Monday, April 29 2019 14:22:49

A find for the fans, Mick Garris interviews Unca Harlan:




Chuck Messer
- Sunday, April 28 2019 11:22:3

Us old farts are doing things out here in meatspace as well.


Bruce D.
- Friday, April 26 2019 20:29:49

Perhaps the young men and women are actually reading Mr. Ellison's work.

- Friday, April 26 2019 13:37:52

"Try to imagine what silence looks like." -- Some guy who has since found out

- Tuesday, April 23 2019 8:45:9


- Saturday, April 20 2019 17:36:44

Off WHAT topic?

Nong Khiaw, Laos - Saturday, April 20 2019 13:13:23

OFF-TOPIC: new Serling biography and FIRST MAN

I just finished reading the new Rod Serling called ROD SERLING: HIS LIFE, WORK, AND IMAGINATION by Nicholas Parisi. At over 500 pages, it's likely the be the most thorough single book on the man and his career to date. Academic but very readable and informative, it was difficult to put down. Highly recommended!


For fans of the film FIRST MAN--an elegiac, strangely moving film reminding us of the often great human cost of manned exploration--I found two great performances of the film's haunting musical themes. I think the melancholy music (as well as the superb cinematography and handheld camerawork reminiscent of Super 8 home movies appropriate for the period, and that moon scene--especially that heartrending moment at the crater--was sublime) really helped make the movie. The first one is a lovely piano arrangement of that recurring harp theme that appears in different variations. The one below is of my favorite of its many guises--"Sextant":


The other main theme was used to great effect during the "Crater" scene. And first, it sounds like a mournful, wordless vocal of a soprano. But then you tealize it's coming from an instrument--the unmistakable theremin (which reminds a little of a Vietnamese instrument called the đàn bầu):


Robert Nason <Nightwriterblue82@gmail.com >
Whitestone , New York - Friday, April 19 2019 14:57:12

Jeet Heer celebrates the art of the late Gene Wolfe:


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