Harlan Ellison, 1934-2018

Mother of God!

That was the entirety of Harlan Ellison’s review of the 1970 premiere episode of The Partridge Family.


Three words (find them at page 190 of the 1983 printing of The Other Glass Teat.)

I never truly ‘met’ him, but I was in his presence once – while he was conducting a charity auction at the 1986 World Science-Fiction Convention in Atlanta.

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I’m not worthy.

Bear in mind that my praise for a three-word review – and, more importantly, the man who wrote it – comes from someone who writes 100-page law review articles in her sleep and did a 700-page dissertation draft which I fought tooth-and-nail to cut down to only 400.

“Less is more” so often is used as an oppressive tool of the Religion of Mediocrity.  But Harlan was an exception to so many rules.

The first Glass Teat volume contains a two-part column (originally printed in the L.A. Free Press) simply entitled “Texas.”  It encapsulates his visit to the campus of Texas A&M University in 1969.

The visit was not billed as such at the time, nor truly intended to be such, but it is now recognized as Aggie Con I.  I was hoping, on general principle, that he’d make it to the fiftieth anniversary of that event – but its not going to happen.

We’ve lost Harlan, and I must scream.


Again I Ask: Was Barney Frank Ever Right About Anything?

Almost two years prior to the Dec. 15, 1976 issue of The Advocate in which St. Barney promised that the Massachusetts state gay rights bills would pass in 1977, he had this to say about the 1975 session.

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No link, of course, but that is from page 5 of the March 12, 1975 edition of The Advocate.  In case the image is fuzzy, this is the money shot (paragraph spilling over from the bottom left column to the top right):

Rep. Frank has stated that because of the new and important differences between the 1974 and 1975 local political climates here, the general anti-discrimination measure’s chances of passage are “pretty good” this year.  Frank, who did not think the bills would pass during 1974, is considered one of the most astute political observers in Massachusetts.

I wonder what happened between 1974 and 1975.

Did the Democrats get 15-20 more seats?  Because we all know that that will guarantee passage of even a trans-inclusive anti-discrimination bill (and we all know that St. Barney did not even pretend to support one of those until 2007 – and we all know how little he really supported it.)

#sarcasm (but not as to The Advocate excerpt; that’s totally real.)

“Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement”


Was Barney Frank Ever Right About Anything?

From the Dec. 15, 1976 issue of The Advocate (page 8), please note the quote at the beginning of the paragraph halfway down the third column:


For those who can’t make it out:

The bills will pass in ’77.
– St. Barney

For those not keeping score, Massachusetts did not pass a gay rights bill until 1989.  By then, St. Barney had been in Congress for eight years (though he was spending 1989 calling in every political favor, marker and chit he could unearth in order to avoid getting kicked out of Congress.  Google ‘Steven Gobie.’  Just sayin’….)

Thirty years after his declaration of what would happen in 1977 he bullied the LGBT community – trans people most pointedly – with what he *knew* was capable of passing and not passing.  And then he professed to know for certain that 15-20 more Democrats would make a legitimate (read: trans-inclusive) ENDA a sure thing.

Between the Massachusetts Legislature and Congress, St. Barney drew a legislative salary for forty years.

In all of that time, was he ever right about anything?

Where the Issue is Whether Trans Women are Women, Debate IS Hate

Trans women are women.


That settles it.

TERF is not a slur – and TERFs know it.

If I Could Have the New York Daily News’s Baby, I Would


Jake Tapper for the Slam Dunk

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