Jesse is back!There's been a lot of disturbing news for Scientology watchers to sift through lately -- what with mothers separated from their sons, and a woman stalked because she's trying to design a better ice-maker, it's been a weird and depressing week. But last night, we were stunned by ... More >>
A few weeks ago, the music writer Dave Tompkins took a podium in one of NYU's many windowless annexes to promote his upcoming book, How To Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder From World War II To Hip-Hop. Behind him was a still from The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms frozen on the projector screen. In ... More >>
Jay Scheib adapts Samuel R. Delany's epic science-fiction classic Dhalgren
Barring a massive surge of readership between now and Thursday night (and with Michael Musto half-naked on this week's cover, anything is possible), we can safely say that the following stories generated the most interest from our readers this year. (And watch out for #3 -- it's definitely Not Safe ... More >>
Ha, ha, ha. The sweet release of death is a week closer. In the afterlife we can forget all about Kanye and all these ridiculous (but highly amusing) tributes. New York had a big Primary Day -- or, judging by turnout, a dinky one. Our hero Tony Avella went down to defeat. The heavily fund ... More >>
Ellison and Olson: Not in a reading mood. Several of our commenters have struck on the Dr. Seuss-like cadence of Josh Olson's popular manifesto, "I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script." One of the first to point it out was Steve Jarrett, a writer and teacher in Winston-Salem who sent Olson the ... More >>
We know you've been working very hard on your screenplay, but before you go looking for some professional feedback, you might keep in mind the following piece by A History of Violence screenwriter Josh Olson. I will not read your fucking script. That's simple enough, isn't it? "I will not ... More >>
The wildly inventive and passionately polemical science-fiction writer Philip José Farmer quietly expired at home, Ash Wednesday morning, at the ripe age of 91. I and many others first became aware of Farmer's work in the 1970s, shortly after the first volume of his legendary Riverworld series, T ... More >>
A new collection takes stock of the pioneering SF writer and feminist
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. September 29, 1960, Vol. V, No. 49 My Day in Stir By Harlan Ellison If Hemingway hadn't said: "A man should never write about what he doesn't know," I might not have spent 24 hours recently as a guest of the New York City Police Department. ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. September 1, 1960, Vol. V, No. 45 Coffee Houses Are Cabarets, Police Say; Owners Deny It By Harlan Ellison Though far from ended, the recent police action against Village espresso houses and their employees was brought into sharp focus last ... More >>
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An elusive, out-of-print book prompts a 30-year search and a question: Was it worth it?
The Tragi-Comics Story of Fantagraphics
Michael Chabon's Dime-Store Serenade