Sunday, May 27, 2007

some kind words from harlan...


several of you have already 'e'd me and brought to my attention the kind words that the one and only harlan ellison dropped about our little perhapanauts book in his interview on newsarama. you can check it out at

i'll say that again.

HARLAN ELLISON digs our book!

i should point out that harlan actually called me several months ago to tell me this. he told me that he thought the perhapanauts was a fun and compelling book, that he really liked the story! and then cautioned me against overusing character dialect and vernacular too much. (molly DOES say "like" a lot...) we had a nice conversation and, of course, i was quite honored. i mean, c'mon--HARLAN ELLISON!!

and so i called him back the other day to thank him for the mention, and for my pal, ron marz as well, since harlan also gave great prase to ron and luke ross' book, samurai: heaven and earth. it just happened to be harlan's birthday, so i wished him a happy one and let him get back to his celebrating. so happy birthday, harlan--and thanks again!

with so much going on these days, i must admit that i've been quite remiss in keeping this blog on schedule and apologize for it. but i've also been at a bit of a loss as to what to write about. with no actual publishing date set for a new perhapanauts series, there's nothing to tell there. and there's been very little going on in the world of the paranormal or unexplained that has been inspiring enough to follow up with here. the "five on friday" trivia seems to garner some response, but i'd like to blow the doors open a bit and try to inspire more people to write in with comments and stuff.
and so, with that in mind, i thought that i'd try to stir things up a bit with a few questions and see where that takes us. bravo has been, for the past few years, doing list shows; 100 scariest films, 50 funniest movies, 100 sexiest stars. (i also dug vh-1s shatner-hosted, 100 one hit wonders...)

try these;

1. your five funniest movies

2. your five favorite songs

3. your five favorite cartoons

i dunno. maybe this idea will tank.
but maybe not...

happy memorial day!
and also, it's JAKE'S BIRTHDAY!!!
happy birthday, puppet!
smell ya later!


Colin said...

Who's Harlan Ellison?

1. your five funniest movies
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan: I have never laughed as hard at anything as I did at this movie. The only thing that comes close is:

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut: The only musical I have ever loved.

Eddie Murphy: Raw: If only Eddie would come back to stand up...

Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Like many a nerd, I know this movie inside and out.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off - John Hughes's magnum opus. I was wanted to grow up to be like Ferris, sadly I turned out exactly like Cameron.

2. your five favorite songs
"Blitzkrieg Bop" - The Ramones

"Tribute" - Tenacious D

"Run's House" - Run DMC

"Master of Puppets" - Metallica

"The Muppet Show Theme Song"

3. your five favorite cartoons

Avatar: The Last Airbender - I'm not even embarassed to admit that this is the my favorite tv show right now. Damn shame that Mako (voice of my favorite character "Uncle Iroh") passed away last year.

Justice League Unlimited - Bruce Timm and co. did a fantastic job of bringing together all the corners of the DCU into a brilliant cartoon.

Clone Wars - Proof positive that Star Wars can still be done right.

Gargoyles - One of the rare times Disney does a bang up job with action/adventure.

Herculoids - They've got a giant rock gorilla. Need I say more.

Brian said...

That is way cool about Harlan as his comments about Infinite Crisis and Civl War show that he doesn't mince words.

Five Funniest Movies:

In no particular order: Something About Mary, Airplane, Young Frankenstein - The Gene Hackman scene still makes me laugh, Animal House and Annie Hall.

Top Five Songs, again in no particular order: Bruce Springsteen, "Candy's Room"; Jane Oliver, "Come In From the Rain"; The Motels, "Total Control"; Aimee Mann, "Mr. Harris"; and Warren Zevon, "Lawyers, Guns and Money."

Five Favorite Cartoons, still no particular order
Jonny Quest, Batman Beyond, Justice League/JLU, Batman and Superman.

Walt said...

He did not just ask who Harlan Ellison is, did he?

Unknown said...

1. your five funniest movies

Princess Bride
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Naked Gun

2. your five favorite songs

Rush "Turn the Page"
Mercy Me "Here Am I"
They Might Be Giants "Why Does the Sun Shine"
Iron Maiden "Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
Rush "Closer to the Heart"

3. your five favorite cartoons

Looney Tunes
Justice League/JLU
Kim Possible
Batman, The Animated Series

craig rousseau said...


top 5 songs... clearly you can see i'm a guy who went to high school in the 80's (although my first choice is from '90, but it's close)... and now that i've done this list, i'm sure it'll change...

"birdhouse in your soul" - they might be giants (my favorite song on my favorite album from the johns... funny how often the first exposure you have to a band really factors in to your favorite stuff they've done... and with a build up like "the theme from flood", how can ya not like it? )

"born in the u.s.a" (not the version we all know, but the bleak, stark acoustic "nebraska" era alternate take in the tracks collection) - bruce springsteen

"girl like you" - the smithereens (originally written for one of my favorite 80's movies, say anything...)

"cactus" - the pixies (tough to pick just one pixies song, but i think this is it... i think )

"sweetest thing" - u2 (not the re-recorded version from the second greatest hits collection, but rather the b-side recording from "where the streets have no name")

funniest movies... lemme think on that and get back to ya... (but i'm pretty sure it'll include pee-wee's big adventure)


jeff_hotchkiss said...

Five funniest movies:
1. The Big Lebowski
2. Dogma
3. Pink Panther
4. Christmas Vacation
5. Anchorman

Five favorite songs:
1. Superstition--Stevie Wonder
2. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)--Hendrix or SRV
3. My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama--Zappa
4. I'll Play the Blues for You--Albert King
5. Tightrope--SRV

Five favorite cartoons
1. ThunderCats
2. Justice League
3. Futurama
4. Avatar
5. Duck Tales

Anonymous said...

1. your five funniest movies
(in no order)
1. 40 Year old Virgin
2. O Brother Where Art Thou?
3. Mallrats
4. Dr. Strangelove
5. Any Peter Sellers Pink Panther movie.

2. your five favorite songs
(in no order)
1. Here comes the Sun : The Beatles
2. Janine : David Bowie
3. Since you been gone : Kelly Clarkson (serious, I love that song... don't know why)
4.Waiting : Dwight Yoakam
5. Jane the Queen of Love : Frank Black

3. your five favorite cartoons
(again, in no order)
1. Space Ghost (not the coast to coast crap)
2. G.I.Joe (original)
3. Transformers (original)
4. The Venture Brothers
5. Batman the animated series

Scott Weinstein said...

I like lists:

Funniest Movies:
- Ghostbusters
- Quick Change
- Old School
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Annie Hall

Favorite Songs
- For You by Manfred Mann's Earth band
- Where the Street's Have no Name by U2
- New York City by They Might Be Giants
- American Idiot by Green Day
- Jolene by Dolly Parton, and White Strips cover version

Favorite Cartoons
- Superfriends
- Bionic Six
- Voltron
- Transformers
- Batman: Animated Series

More lists!!! More lists!!! This was fun

And Happy Birthday Jake!!!

Brian said...

Yeah, Happy Birthday Jake.

craig rousseau said...

okay, five funniest movies in no particualr order (again, i'm sure this'll change as soon as i type it...)

ferris bueller's day off
trains, planes, and automobiles
40 year old virgin (the theatrical cut is damn funny, but the extended version has even more great improv lines left in)
pee wee's big adventure
strange brew

and as for cartoons...

kim possible
the new batman adventures (with the redesigned bruce timm stuff)
simpsons (while not every episode is a winner these days, there are some episodes of pure genius over it's run... all time favorite's be "homer's enemy" with frank grimes... ahhh, grimey)
samurai jack
futurama ("all hail the hypno-toad!")

Colin said...

I left The Simpsons off my list because as the greatest tv show ever, it transcends cartoon. Same for Looney Tunes.

And yes, walt, I have no idea who Harlan Ellison is.

todd said...


thought i'd wait a bit and let you all log in before i put mine up. and thanks to you all--you're the BEST!--for posting and getting involved!

1. your five funniest movies

monty python and the holy grail
animal house
ghostbusters (i consider these first three timeless--and they still make me laugh after all these years. plus, lots of great lines to drop on your friends!)
mr. and mrs. smith (mostly 'cause it was just on hbo and i couldn't think of anything else and it is so much funnier than people give it credit for.)

2. your five favorite songs

i wanna hold your hand (and every beatles song after it...)
fantasy--earth, wind, and fire
the boys are back in town--thin lizzy
everybody wants to rule the world--tears for fears
island in the sun--weezer

3. your five favorite cartoons

looney tunes
batman: the animated series
dexter's laboratory
johnny quest
the simpsons

todd said...

no, scratch mr. and mrs. smith--it's hilarious, but i can't believe i forgot one of my all time favorites--the thin man! always makes me laugh!

Bill Nolan said...

I'm really horrible at lists... actually, I'm just horrible at remembering "favorites," so that's why I haven't posted mine.

I do, however, own many Harlan Ellison books, so I will make an effort to lend one or two to Colin next chance I get...

Anonymous said...

Of course after I write these, I think of a million more... I can't believe I left off Abbot & Costello... any of them, you pick, and it's a riot. And the Simpsons... how could I forget the Simpsons? Todd... it should have been our top 100... I think we could have made a hell of a list. :-)

Jason Copland said...

1. your five funniest movies

This Is Spinal Tap
Love and Death
Dr. Strangelove
Life of Brian
Bob Roberts

2. your five favorite songs

"No Quarter" - Led Zeppelin
"Gouge Away" - The Pixies
"Family Snapshot" - Peter Gabriel
"After The Goldrush" - Neil Young
"If You Want To Sing out, Sing Out" - Cat Stevens

3. your five favorite cartoons

hmmm... that's about it.