A few bits of note:
Vulture published a lengthy essay about Harlan Ellison. To mangle a Mark Twain quote: Rumors of his death have been greatly exaggerated — mostly by Harlan Ellison. Bonus points for the awesome photo of Harlan with Robert Bloch and Arthur C. Clarke.
And check out this long audio interview (80 minutes) with Joss Whedon, conducted by geek-guru Chris Hardwick as part of his Nerdist podcast.
Hardwick first came to my attention as a stand-up comic, along with his comedy partner Mike Phirman. My favorite of the duo’s early songs is “American Dinosaurs.” You’re welcome.