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Ed Douglas Fundraising

Ed Douglas has friends and friendly foes across the web. But that takes a backseat to health issues, as Ed has been diagnosed with acute leukemia and has no insurance.

Others in this community have chosen to keep this kind of thing quiet. But in light of Ed’s willingness to seek help from the community, the least I can do is to pass the word along and offer an opportunity for anyone who reads The Hot Blog who wishes to help financially to do so.

And just FYI… if anyone comments here in any negative way about Ed, I am going to pull the comment. If you want to criticize my choice to post this, I won’t touch it. But I have no intentions of allowing this to become a place to kick a guy for sport when he is down.

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4 Responses to “Ed Douglas Fundraising”

  1. Steve Elzer says:

    Nice of you to spread the word and try and help someone who could use the community’s prayers, support and kindness during this incredibly challenging time.

  2. lazarus says:

    Sad that you even need to include a disclaimer, DP. The thought that someone who frequents THB would stoop to the level of trashing someone going through this trauma is disturbing.

  3. Joe Leydon says:

    Lazarus: Oh, I can think of one or two people who don’t think it’s ever a bad time to trash somebody.

  4. Matthew C. says:

    The bad news is the cost of the treatment.

    The very good news is that leukemia is a very beatable illness nowadays.

    Go Ed!

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon