A Boy and His Films: Harlan Ellison at the New Beverly

elliwtch1One of the greatest, most controversial writers of the 20th century and beyond, Harlan Ellison, will be programming a mini-festival of films at the beloved New Beverly from April 23-30. I don’t have the cyberspace to launch into a whole bibliography, but without Ellison, the world of print and imagination would be far more barren. I admire him not only for his literary gifts, but his outspoken manner, which is often overstressed. One of the genuine highlights of my life was interviewing Harlan for three hours (I use the word “interview” loosely — I sat next to him while he teased me and blew the room away) at the Creative Screenwriting Expo in 2002. He was a pussycat and next to Ray Bradbury, the greatest raconteur I’ve ever seen. For your prurient interest, here’s a shaky clip from the CS Expo as Harlan tries to warn screenwriters of the dangers they face in the bidness:

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