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March 28, 2008

When I grow up, I want to be just like Harlan Ellison

An internet treasure from a couple years back: As part of his "Tough Questions for Tough Jews" series, Clifford Meth asked Harlan Ellison - who rocks hardcore - if he had any Jewish role models.

METH: Did you have Jewish role models who were tough Jews, because in the 1930s it would have been guys like Bugsy Siegel and Dutch Schultz representing that image.

ELLISON: No, I’ve never had a Jewish role model of any kind.

METH: So you thought Jews were a bunch of wimps.

ELLISON: No. You want to ask the questions and answer them, too? You can hang up and you won’t need me and I can go back to work.

He is just getting warmed up; his answer is one for the ages. Here are Part II and Part III of the same interview. And I want to emphasize: I am with Ellison, I don't let things go either.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 28, 2008 06:31 AM


In the old days before the internet -- well, before I had access to the internet, anyway -- Ellison was one of the few accesses to good rants that I could find. Well, besides me, but my friends and family got sick of me yelling at the tv. What can I say, everyone used to be so god-damned mealy-mouthed.

Posted by: Andrea Harris [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 28, 2008 09:38 AM