Harvey Pekar | on Frank Norris, Daniel Fuchs & George Ade | Iniquity Press

Harvey Lawrence Pekar (October 8, 1939 – July 12, 2010) was an American underground comic book writer, music critic, and media personality, best known for his autobiographical American Splendor comic series. In 2003, the series inspired a well-received film adaptation of the same name. Frequently described as the “poet laureate of Cleveland,” Pekar “helped change the appreciation for, and perceptions of, the graphic novel, the drawn memoir, the autobiographical comic narrative.” Pekar described his work as “autobiography written as it’s happening. The theme is about staying alive, getting a job, finding a mate, having a place to live, finding a creative outlet. Life is a war of attrition. You have to stay active on all fronts. It’s one thing after another. I’ve tried to control a chaotic universe. And it’s a losing battle. But I can’t let go. I’ve tried, but I can’t.” Continue reading

Harvey Pekar | Early Stream Of Consciousness And Allied Writing & Other Essays | Iniquity Press

Early Stream of Consciousness and Allied Writing …Page 1. Early 20th Century Russian Avant Garde Writing…Page 21. Andrei Bely…Page 44. Early Stream of Consciousness and Allied Writing was first published in Grinning Idiot Magazine. Review of The Twenties and Before the Storm first published in The Village Voice. Andrei Bely (An addition to “Early Stream of Consciousness and Allied Writing”), first published in Work in Progress Magazine. Continue reading