I’m starting off with Harlan Ellison here because he is the king of opinions, and I’m going to be sharing a lot of them in this piece. Some I agree with. Some I don’t. But he has found peace with his place in the world. He calls ‘em like he sees ‘em and has no problem sharing that with anybody who asks. That’s ultimately the point of this essay: know yourself. We’ll get to that point when we get to it.
But that last part in the video (starting at 1:30) above is particularly important, because it speaks to the duties between creator and fan. With all of the craziness going on over the past month (let alone the past… forever) about toxic fandom and what to be done about it, this is particularly important to artists of all shapes and types. What kind of duty do you owe to those who read your work?