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Spring of Spite: Harlan Ellison, “The Three Most Important Things in Life”

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This week’s reading is an essay by Harlan Ellison, which you can read for free here. Not that you need to read the essay before listening to the episode, but the option is there if you want it. We were directed to that particular essay by a listener, who said we couldn’t do a season of spite-themed shows without talking about Ellison. In addition to the essay itself, we talk about some of his many personal beefs and lit-world dustups. We also talk about his super-janky website (with apologies to Webmaster Rick, whose rants you can check out here).

For the curious, here’s a video of Ellison’s “performance” at the Hugo Awards that touched off what’s become known as GropeGate.

Also this week: Another lit feud, this one between Vladimir Nabokov and Edmund Wilson, who has one of the scowliest Wikipedia photos of all time. And the stories of successful companies started out of spite.

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Author: mikeingram25

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One thought on “Spring of Spite: Harlan Ellison, “The Three Most Important Things in Life”

  1. Pingback: Episode 135: Summer of Second Chances, Harlan Ellison (“I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream”) | Book Fight!

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