Memos from Purgatory
Hemingway said, "A man should never write what he doesn't know." In the mid-fifties, Harlan Ellison - kicked out of college and hungry to write - went to New York to start his writing career. It was a time of street gangs, rumbles, kids with switchblades and zip guns made from car radio antennas. Ellison was barely out of his teens himself, but he took a phony name, moved into Brooklyn's dangerous Red Hook section and managed to con his way into a "bopping club." What he experienced (and the time he spent in jail as a result) was the basis for the violent story that Alfred Hitchcock filmed as the first of his hour-long TV dramas...This autobiography is a book whose message you won't be able to ignore or forget.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - pgiunta - LibraryThing
For ten weeks in 1954, then twenty-year-old writer Harlan Ellison adopted the alias of teenager Phil “Cheech” Beldone and joined a NYC street gang called the Barons all in the name of research—an ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing
well worth reading, as is anything by Harlan Ellison, this is a memoir centring on his arrest for having an unregistered handgun dating from his stint writing about gangs in New York, probably for ... Read full review