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Episode 135: Summer of Second Chances, Harlan Ellison (“I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream”)

Welcome to a new season of Book Fight, in which we revisit writers we’ve panned in the past and give their work another go. Last spring, we didn’t much care for Ellison’s spite-fueled essay, “The Three Most Important Things in Life.” Now, we’ve read one of his most lauded stories, “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream.” Will it change our assessment of Ellison, or will we double down on the hate?

Here’s a picture of Ellison just chillaxing at home.

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We also talk about when you should give your own work a second (or a third, or a fourth) chance. How do you know when to keep revising, and when to give up on a piece and move on? Plus, another installment of Raccoon News!

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