Sleepless Nights in the Procrustean Bed (Borgo Press, 1984)


Master essayist, gadfly, literary myth-figure and viewer of the dark portent, Harlan Ellison has been, for the greater part of his fifty years, a burr under the saddle of Complacency. His two books on tv criticism, THE GLASS TEAT and THE OTHER GLASS TEAT, are taught in more than 200 universities and colleges. In this, his first new book in two years, his former assistant and confidante, Marty Clark, has culled from hundreds of rare and unreprinted works 20 wide-ranging essays that demonstrate why the monstre sacré of imaginative literature won the prestigious Silver Pen Award of P.E.N. International for his journalistic forays in 1982.

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Cover designed by David Reneric.

Editor’s Introduction by Marty Clark
You Don’t Know Me, I Don’t Know You
Stealing Tomorrow
Down the Rabbit-Hole to TV Land
Revealed at Last! What Killed the Dinosaurs! And You Don’t Look So Terrific Yourself
Rolling Dat Ole Debbil Electronic Stone
A Love Song to Jerry Falwell (aka Postscript to SEASON OF THE WITCH; Blood/Thoughts;
Black/Thoughts; Dark/Thoughts; The Destruction of the Entire Universe and Other Happy Thoughts for a Sunday Morning.)
Science Fiction: Turning Reality Inside Out
Defeating the Green Slime
How You Stupidly Blew $15 Million a Week, Avoided Having an Adenoid-Shaped Swimming Pool in Your Back Yard, Missed the Opportunity to Have a Mutually Destructive Love Affair with Clint Eastwood and/or Raquel Welch, and Otherwise Piss Me Off
Fear Not Your Enemies
Face-Down in Gloria Swanson’s Swimming Pool
From Alabamy With Hate (aka March to Montgomery)
Leiber: A Few Too Few Words
Serita Rosenthal Ellison: A Eulogy
Voe Doe Dee Oh Doe (A Silverberg Medley)
Robert Silverberg: An Appreciation
Cheap Thrills on the Road to Hell
True Love: Groping for the Holy Grail (aka How I Survived the Great Video Matchmaker)

192p, Trade Paperback.

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Weight .563 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.5 in