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Bugf#ck: The Worthless Wit and Wisdom of Harlan Ellison Hardcover – 26 Jan 2012

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Underwood Books Inc (26 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781599290614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599290614
  • ASIN: 1599290618
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 10.2 x 13.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 932,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The man is a genius. You may find that some of these comments make you double over with laughter or scream or both.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A thought-provoking collection of Harlan Ellison's most memorable quotes. 17 Nov. 2011
By Beam Me Up - Published on
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Most of you simply want to know: Should I spend my time and money on this book?

The short answer: Yes.

The slightly longer answer: Hell, yes! A small-sized hardback book (128 numbered pages with a 4 x 5.5 inch trim size), this collects Harlan's insights principally culled from his fiction and notable interviews, with photographs. Edited by Arnie Fenner, whose introduction sets the stage by introducing Harlan to people who may not otherwise know him, this isn't your mother's quote book: cute and quippy with sappy cartoons. Like his fiction and his life, this is a high explosive sampling of his passions expressed in print.

Writers, especially, will glean a lot of insight into their craft from this timely tome: Harlan's quotes about the craft of writing are so damned truthful that I've posted several of them over my office desk. There's one, though, that's missing: In a letter to Thomas Pluck, posted on the Web, Harlan gently chides him querying him, on the grounds that "All a writer has is time and a portion of talent." And, as Harlan points out to him, "answering queries from readers eats away at the former, thus disallowing full use of the latter. I continue to beseech my readers not to burden me with this sort of personal need, but every day I receive a dozen items that demand my response." (Mr. Pluck, because he is, or was, a subscriber to the Harlan Ellison Record Collection, got a full-page response from Harlan, ending with a characteristically blunt request: "...I cannot conceal my annoyance at having to depart from deadline work to satisfy your curiosity. Please don't do this to me again.")

That's a vintage Harlan response.

In this eminently quotable book, editor Arnie Fenner has served up a worthy collection of Harlan's observations, utterances, and verbal explosions drawn from six decades of Harlan living life full tilt boogie.

An obvious "must buy" for Ellison's many readers, this book deserves as wide a readership as possible: Those who do not know of this man or his work should, if nothing else, contemplate what is surely one of the most pertinent quotations in the book: It's about having an informed opinion. I could quote it, but BUY THE BOOK and read it for yourself. And then pass the word on.

PS: Mr. Fenner, I offer a suggestion: a follow-up book simply titled HARLAN ELLISON ON WRITING. Make it so.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The USEFUL Wit and Wisdom of Ellison 24 Nov. 2011
By BookLover59 - Published on
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No matter what, when a book that gathers what purports to be the best of (as in the best short stories, etc.), or, in this case, witticisms, is published, there will _always_ be whiners who say either "not enough" was included or some other quote should have been used.

The witty remarks -- beginning with the witty remark to top ALL witty remarks ("The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity") -- and the anecdotes and excerpts (from various short stories and essays) cover a wide range of subjects (writing, advertising, aging, etc.) and emotional states (anger, sadness, ennui...). They are always insightful or enlightening, and frequently amusing (much like "The Wit & Wisdom of Blood" -- you'll have to check out VIC & BLOOD: THE CONTINUING ADVENTURES OF A BOY AND HIS DOG, to read those insightful bits).

One cannot expect more than that from a pocketbook -- and one frequently gets far (far) less from such mini-tomes. If this is your first exposure to all thing's Ellison and you're intrigued enough to buy one of his books, run out (or run to the keyboard at your PC) and buy a copy of DEATHBIRD STORIES: THE EXPANDED EDITION, or THE ESSENTIAL ELLISON, immediately. Either book will give you a great sampling of his writing (especially the latter; but the former, a classic in any one's estimation, will do as well).

For now: Let it be noted that _this_ little sweet & sour sampling is the perfect stocking stuffer for the readers, wise-apples and budding comedians in any family. 'Nuff said.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It's Harlan Ellison... 20 Jan. 2012
By Agustin Goba - Published on
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...What else do you need to know? It's the perfect little sampler of Ellison wit. Leave it out where guests can find it and let them discover the most intelligently irascible writer in America. If Oscar Wilde and Mark Twain had an illegitimate child, it would be Harlan Ellison.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A few words of wisdom from a brilliant mind... 24 April 2012
By Chris Toohey - Published on
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This book is simply a collection of excellent quotes that feel good in the palm of your hand. A quaint addition to any Ellison collection, but casual fans can ultimately skip this one and spend the ~$8USD on one of his brilliant works.
By Mark Barsotti - Published on
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As tiny and power-packed as the writer it celebrates, BUGF#** finds the force of nature that is Harlan Ellison expounding on everything from the existential ("Like the wind crying endlessly through the universe, Time carries away the names and deeds of conquerors and commoners alike. And all that we are, all that remains, is in the memories of those who cared we came this way for a brief moment.") to the banal ("Talking to him (Merv Griffin) is like talking to your armpit.") with his usual wit, insight, and venom. Always known for his quick lip and lack of an internal censor, Ellison's observations could fill a volume many times this size. For now, BUGF#** serves as a satisfying primer that demonstrates, in addition to being one of the best fantasists and short story writers of the 20th century, Mr. Ellison was and remains an unparalleled raconteur.
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