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The Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author probes topics ranging from departed pets to Lenny Bruce and San Quentin in this provocative collection of essays.
A major collection of Harlan Ellison’s incomparable, troublemaking, uncompromising, confrontational essays and newspaper columns, The Harlan Ellison Hornbook mines deep into the author’s colorful past. Failed love affairs, departed pets, a defense of comic books—in lesser hands, these subjects would be pabulum or treacle. When Harlan Ellison is behind the typewriter, the mundane becomes an all‑out intellectual brawl. Emotionally moving and verbally stimulating, these columns cannot be missed, especially Ellison’s article on controversial comedian Lenny Bruce or the chilling account of the author’s trip to visit a death row inmate in San Quentin State Prison.
In his 45th book, Ellison, best known for science fiction and mystery, offers a collection of columns, most of which appeared in 1972 and 1973 in Los Angeles counterculture newspapers, principally the Free Press ; there are also a few essays from subsequent years. The earlier pieces often are mediocre: Ellison, viewing himself as a ``tough bastard,'' writes from an irritating macho pose, reaching for similes like ``I went down like a bantamweight in an auto chassis crusher.'' With an autodidact's arrogance, he presumes himself a pioneer in discovering that Christmas can be an obnoxious holiday, TV programs are awful, most college students are ignorant, etc. Except for two selections on a 1973 visit to San Quentin, the writing is undistinguished. Some illustrations not seen by PW.