Oct 25, 2020
Posted by D.R. Haney

In this bare knuckled, frankly autobiographical collection, D.R Haney shares a series of personal essays on his life, struggles, and artistic evolution from punk rock malcontent in 1980s New York, to B movie actor in the films of Roger Corman to screenwriter on Friday the 13th Part VII to expatriated American writer in Serbia to author of the celebrated underground noIn this bare knuckled, frankly autobiographical collection, D.R Haney shares a series of personal essays on his life, struggles, and artistic evolution from punk rock malcontent in 1980s New York, to B movie actor in the films of Roger Corman to screenwriter on Friday the 13th Part VII to expatriated American writer in Serbia to author of the celebrated underground novel Banned for Life Consisting of material originally published by the popular online literary magazine The Nervous Breakdown, Subversia is written with the bracing candor and lyrical beauty that have earned Haney a well deserved cult following worldwide Subversia is an excellent collection of autobiographical short pieces, original and often rawHaney is what you could call an authentically authentic voice he comes out of the mold of beat punk Kerouac worship, which has inspired enough writing and music making that it should be considered genre, and judged by its own standardsbut, if such a genre exists, then Haney rises above it easily He is a near master of the final sentence, the one that pulls it all together and adds a dimension to the whole piece L.A Observed a fast ride on the wild sideSubversia is an accounting of real life in perfect focus The New York Journal of Books Frequently heartfelt and personal, Haney interweaves tiny details with weighty subjects deftly, through articles smartly ordered for just the right balance of thematic l

  • Title: Subversia
  • Author: D.R. Haney
  • ISBN: 9780982859803
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Paperback
  • Subversia In this bare knuckled frankly autobiographical collection D R Haney shares a series of personal essays on his life struggles and artistic evolution from punk rock malcontent in s New York to

    D.R. Haney

    I m the author of this book, and here are a few things I would like to say about it It was written over the course of a year, with no idea for most of that year the included pieces would be published as a collection When the collection was announced, a few new pieces were written for it I wish there had been time enough to write others The book s brevity is, for me, its chief fault Some pieces are stronger than others, as will inevitably be the case, though I ve been surprised when people have c [...]


    I was feeling pretty sick and shitty this past week or so with a summer cold and the coming of the new semester, and Duke came by to talk He regaled me with tales of Belgrade, and his time as a Montenegrin film star We talked about screenwriting in L.A a job we both did, though he was successful than I in substanitive terms and I couldn t help being impressed by his credits, but mostly I was impressed by the way he absorbed the world he was moving through That story about wandering the Paramoun [...]


    I was lucky enough to meet Duke Haney once at a party at a mutual friend s house in L.A I remember immediately liking him and after reading this book of his personal essays I now understand why How could you not like someone who can write about their own life with such honesty and humor and depth There is no pretension in Duke s stories even though the life he s led would allow for some Reading this was like talking to Duke at that party He s just a cool guy, a nice guy, telling you a bit about [...]


    Subversia is a collection of short stories that were originally published on thenervousbreakdown The stories have a great mix of humor and tragedy Haney is a very talented writer Some people have a natural way with words that flow and he is one of them I love when I can find a book and be struck by just a sentence and think, Now that was a beautiful sentence I just have to say I love the cover I was instantly drawn to it After starting the book and reading Haney s Goodread s review, I learned th [...]

    Marcus Rummery

    D.R Haney wrote a piece about a young actor and member of Mel Lyman s infamous Boston family who gobbled acid and resembled their west coast counterparts, that included an astrological reading by a fb friend in its exhaustive research Like many past the flushing bloom of youth 44 I tend to sleep a few hours before waking up, I usually then read a bit and go back to sleep But this was different sleep would have to wait until the next night Long form journalism, exquisitely researched, and written [...]


    What an amazing cover


    Signed, and tea spilled, by author for review.I m a fan of Duke Haney I fell in love with his novel Banned For Life, which I reviewed here in March As a struggling actor, screenplay writer, musician, and author, I don t think there is anything out there that this guy hasn t seen or done first hand and in Subversia, his newest release an autobiographical collection of stories essays he puts it out there, warts and all , for the whole world to read.From attending summer camp at the age of 10 under [...]

    Patrick O'Neil

    If you read online Lit journals you ve no doubt heard of The Nervous Breakdown Unless you re like me and even though I m a writer and profess to be down with whatever is new and happening and interested in what my fellow writers are putting out there I ve been too busy read too totally self absorbed getting my own crap published that I missed all the essays D.R Haney wrote for the TNB I actually personally know a few of the site s contributors, and I haven t read their stuff either Yeah, I suck [...]


    Haney s book Subversia is made up of a bunch of stories published on the literary website The Nervous Breakdown Stories range from Hollywood, hanging out with old and new friends, punk music, etc You think you have a pretty straight forward story going and then all of a sudden at the end Haney switches it up on ya and you receive a nice little emotional punch to the gut The writing is raw, honest and coming straight from the heart Nothing seems to be held back If you aren t into little personal [...]


    i should ve written a review for this months ago as it is, i gave my copy away because i wanted to share these thoughtful essays with other friends a great collection of non fiction writing, a collection of essays from the careful and incomparable duke haney definitely worth picking up, and adding to your library i d also recommend his novel banned for life for some reason is not letting me add a link to it, so i ll do that later.

    Khris Sellin

    A series of autobiographical essays, told with a raw honesty, at times funny, sad, humiliating, cringeworthy, gutwrenching, but all riveting I didn t want to put it down He has a way of capturing the everyday in a way that pulls you right into the story, like you re hanging out with your best friend who s relating an adventurous night out, or revealing some secret from the past.


    I am so excited to read this book The author is a friend on Good Reads and was kind enough to send me a signed copy Gonna finish up my Chelsey Handler book tonight and start on this one tomorrow Thanks Duke

    Aaron Dietz

    A golden chronicle of the history of TheNervousBreakdown And not that it means to be What it means to be might be like a good mix of touching, silly, and or rowdy stories about some key experiences that Duke Haney has chosen to share And it is that But what it also ends up being is an important historical document that chronicles in its own way the history of the original and golden era of the fantastic literary site that is The Nervous Breakdown.And goodness, there s a touching story about Ell [...]


    Well, I have finally started reading through this cornucopia of life snippets Took me long enough, huh I am one essay in and in all honesty I can see this being one of those books that makes me feel just a little normal, in the everyday sense of the word And by that I mean boring This book is going to make my lower middle class upbringing in the Southern part of the United States feel like it falls short Of what, I don t know But inadequate is a word i find myself wanting to use I have nothing [...]


    This was a great book of essays When not incredibly moving as a few of the essays are they were humorous, and forthright I was a bit lukewarm with the interviews at the end of the book when compared to the preceding essays.Regardless, I am definitely going to pickup Haney s novel Banned for Life soon.


    Review to come

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