Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Harlan Ellison at Cinefamily
Last night, we trekked over to Cinefamily on Fairfax to see the great Harlan Ellison. It. was. amazing. Ellison spoke for almost four hours. He was also extremely gracious enough to stay after wards (for well over an hour) to sell and sign books. We were one of the last people in line. He had been talking to someone else when he motioned to Tristan that he would sign his book. We said our thanks and started to leave. We were half way up the aisle when Ellison called out, "Hey kid!" Tristan turned around. He asked his name as well as, "Do the kids at school fuck with you?" Tristan shrugged and smiled, "Sometimes." Ellison said, "Do you want to learn some moves on how to take care of that?" Tristan said Ellison had one helluva grip. He grabbed his hand and showed him how to lock an opponent's thumb down and disable him. Ellison then invited Tristan over to his house, "after 2 and I'll show you some more moves." He then told Tristan to get rid of his shorts (trade them out for long pants). It was definitely one memorable night. If you're an Ellison fan, you probably already know this but just in case, you can buy books directly from him here.
David's perspective of the night (with video).
Here's an article that mentions Tristan's encounter.