Guest Blog: Michael Malice interviews Harvey Pekar for INTERVIEW

October 14th, 2009 by Michael Malice

Michael Malice by Sean Pryor

Michael Malice by Sean Pryor

When people ask me why Harvey Pekar wrote a book about me, my answer depends on my mood that day. If I’m glib, I tell them it’s because “he finally met a Jew with a more negative outlook than his own.” If I’m feeling smarmy, I say “it’s about growing up with a famous dad.” (“Who was your dad?” “Count Chocula.”) And if I’m being pretentious, I explain, “It’s the story of a boy who thought he was better than everyone else—and was.” Should I ever experience a fourth mood, I suppose I’d need a fourth answer—but those three have been adequate for the 3 years since Ego & Hubris: The Michael Malice Story.

The better question, I think, is _how_ Harvey wrote the book. I don’t know how he mines the everyday into the extraordinary, and even if I did no one would be able to do it as well as Our Man. It’s the one question I didn’t bother to ask when I went to see him recently in his native Cleveland and interviewed him for INTERVIEW Magazine. It was just two friends shooting the breeze over a plate of freedom fries—a bulwark of warmth in a town of cold steel, rusting away slowly.

Michael & Harvey by Tara Seibel

Michael & Harvey by Tara Seibel

11 Responses

  1. Tara Seibel

    congrats michael!

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    Tara, with just a few evocative strokes, you make me crave the Black & White milkshake I had at Tommy’s. The french onion soup wasn’t too shabby either!

  3. Kiki

    Congratulations, Michael! I can’t wait to see the book.

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  8. Justin

    Good job as usual Harvey, proves you can put out a good graphic novel even about the most banal of self promoters. What has this guy actually brought the world besides snide comments. Writing about overheard conversations…wow…thats never been done before. Saw him on Cash Cab the other night too, definetelly more than 240 people smarter than him in NYC. Your book has now made it so this guy will be bumping around the hipster scene til he’s 80 now (he’ll look like an ugly ass 40) pretty sad state of affairs.

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