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By Harlan Ellison

Love has 10000 names and 1000000 diverse faces. heritage would definitely agree that America’s so much harmful contribution to 20th century residing has been that broken product known as plastic romance. It twists and savages us. After a life of lies approximately what love is meant to be, are you ultimately indignant and depressed adequate to be a part of a “recall” on that shabby, mildewed item? if this is the case, sign up for the striking Harlan Ellison as he dissects the soul and physique of affection in our time. In 16 scalpel‑sharp tales that variety from the legalized whorehouses of Nevada to the steaming lynch cities of Georgia, from the abortion generators of Tijuana to the soundstages of Hollywood, the writer rips the Saran‑Wrap off love and hate and sin and twittering ardour to reveal the uncooked meat underneath. listed below are 16 poisoned arrows from fantasy’s so much unbelievable Cupid, during which he provides an international of hearts and flora bound to revise your brooding about the place love is located and the way it looks.

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