More than a collection of essays; Edge is practically a documentary, a slice of the life of an essayist and his work, including battles with publishers and editors, letters from readers -- not to mention Ellison's usual struggle with society at large.
These columns, first published in Future Life magazine, The L.A. Weekly and Comics Journal in 1980-84, come closest to capturing the unbridled anger and energy of the Ellison of The Glass Teat days. Those qualities are especially noteworthy in the author's unsparing examination of splattermeister Brian de Palma at a time when many film critics were hailing the director as a worthy successor to Hitchcock. Ellison deftly renders such comparisons silly.
The book was republished in 1996 as part of Edgeworks 1.