What is the Prowler Project?

 

The Prowler Project is based on and dedicated to Harlan Ellisonís short story,

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ďThe Prowler in the City at the Edge of the World.Ē

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† It is intended to help explain and demonstrate themes and ideas contained within the story. Whether or not I am actually successful in this lofty goal remains to be seen. Note that I decided to eschew all time-tested and boring web design tenets as creating a boring, sterile web page would in fact eliminate the whole point of these pages.

 

As a disclaimer of sorts, know that the short story is incredibly violent and explicit and some of these pages reflect that intentional part of Ellisonís work. As a result, a few of the pages or the pages linked within them may not be for all tastes. Simply use your discretion in viewing them.

 

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Many quotes contained around this project are either taken from Ellisonís story itself or from the interpretive essay I have written offering another telling of the story. I wonít bother to cite exact quotes as little footnotes and ď(Ellison, 12)Ē appearances would take away from the aesthetic appeal of the project.

 

††††††† If you are intrigued by the information within these pages, I would highly recommend that you read Ellisonís story. It appears on the Internet, courtesy of my English professor, Tabitha McIntosh-Byrd, at this link. It will not be around forever, though, so I suggest you print it out as soon as possible before it leaves the world of 1ís and 0ís. I also give my highest recommendation to the definitive collection of Ellisonís works available now, The Essential Ellison. It contains this story and over a thousand pages of other stories. Harlan Ellison is an absolutely amazing writer that deserves as much credit as he can get. You owe it to yourself to seek him out immediately. If you are really interested in the story, you may also find my essay interesting. It offers a retelling of sorts of the story mainly through the viewpoint of the city, itself. Write me an e-mail and I will send the essay to you for your (hopeful) enjoyment.

 

So, this is a humble attempt to try to explain my Project to you. I simply hope that you gain a better respect for the story out of it. At the very least, if you are driven to look at the story again or for the very first time, then Iíve succeeded admirably. If you have any comments or ideas to share with me, please feel free to send me an e-mail. I am a Computer Scientist, so I spend much time alone in front of my computer so make my life a little more interesting and write something to me. Thank you very much.

 

Marc Berzenski

The Creator

February 24, 2000

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