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  1. Erin


    Hahaha. You are the H. L. Mencken of the 21st century.

  2. One of the great rewards of being a (good) writer, I’d say. I always liked that quote myself.

  3. Warren, that line has been working its way into the industry ever since it was first published. I personally have always found it to be one of the best summations of activist journalism and narrative nonfiction put forward, at least since most people stopped listening to print journalists. I am not at all surprised that others share this opinion.

  4. A great line. Should be on a poster They hand out to every aspiring journo.

  5. Anton


    Well done.

  6. Templesmith


    That is completely awesome.

  7. Hello, I’m Adam Gallardo’s wife, Melissa. I thought I’d pass on a little more information about this embarrassingly blurry photo. I work at a newspaper in Salem, Oregon. Today was the unveiling of a company-wide quote board. I checked it at 8:30 a.m., saw your quote and promptly texted my husband the photo of it. My husband accurately guessed who had posted it: Reporter Dennis M. Thompson, Jr. Dennis was very pleased to see your site today! Cheers, all!

  8. Patrick Daniel Thompson

    Patrick Daniel Thompson

    I’ve had Transmetro books stolen off me by at least five different journalists. It appears that they all love Warren, but are not prepared to pay for him.

  9. Illogic


    Someone should really say something about fiction and reality here.

  10. William


    Speculative fiction and reality have always had a complicated relationship, Illogic. Especially since both are relative terms.

  11. Jess


    Dear Mr. Ellis-

    Just because it was “said” by a fictional character doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

    And thanks for Spider. I love lots of your other stuff to, but thanks extra for Spider.


  12. Tyler


    God damn. Spider Jerusalem is the bees knees.

  13. Joseph


    Ha! I was wondering where I had seen that quote before until I scrolled down and saw your name. Awesome stuff.

  14. Brian Joseph

    Brian Joseph

    Truer words have never been said about my beloved industry. The only problem is we’re running out of ammunition makers and the triggermen are all getting laid off.

  15. Transmetro is one of my biggest inspirations!

  16. Heh, we’ve had “You’re miserable, edgy and tired. You’re in the perfect mood for journalism.” On the whiteboard in our office for 3 years now (I don’t think we could erase it now if we wanted to).

    Greg Palast Office

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