The 401st Blow :: Thoughts On Media

Don’t F*ck With Harlan

Posted in Content by Noah Harlan on March 17, 2010

No, I’m not spitting fightin’ words. I’m talking about Harlan Ellison. And more specifically, I’m talking about how Harlan feels about words he has written.

I saw this great letter from him to a publisher to whom he had given a quote for the jacket of a book. I wonder what Mr. Ellison’s thoughts are on Creative Commons?

via Letters Of Note: (transcription below)

HARLAN ELLISON

12 February 92

Dear Amy:

You may use this on Connie’s new book. In full, no ellipses, no altering for any edition. And send me a copy of the book, please. And warn the troll drones in your art and publicity departments that if they fuck around with the quote, change it or alter it for a meaning not intended, I will come and find them and kill them so dead I’ll murder their ancestors!

Charmingly,

(Signed)

“The writing of Connie Willis is irresistable. Clever, cunning, and capable of tantalizing the most demanding reader.”

HARLAN ELLISON

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  1. Marya said, on March 18, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    “Charmingly” is a nice touch.

  2. Noah said, on March 18, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    I thought so…


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