Slice Harvester: A Memoir in Pizza

By Colin Atrophy Hagendorf

One among NPR’s most sensible Books of 2015

Over the process years, a twenty-something punk rocker eats a cheese slice from each pizzeria in ny urban, will get sober, falls in love, and begins a weblog that captures headlines round the world—he is the Slice Harvester, and this is often his story.

Since its arrival on US seashores in 1905, pizza has risen from an imprecise ethnic nutrition to an iconic image of yank tradition. It has visited us in our dorm rooms and residences, occasionally prior to we’d even unpacked or painted. It has nourished us in the course of our jobs, consoled us in the course of break-ups, and celebrated our triumphs correct along us.

In August 2009, Colin Hagendorf got down to evaluation each commonplace slice of pizza in long island, and his weblog, Slice Harvester, used to be born. years and approximately four hundred slices later, he’d been featured in The Wall highway Journal, the Daily News (New York), and on radio exhibits all around the state. all of sudden, this self-proclaimed punk who was once slightly creating wealth doing burrito supply and promoting hand-crafted zines had a following. yet even as Colin used to be stepping up his online game for the hundreds (grabbing slices with Phoebe Cates and her teenage daughter, reviewing kosher pizza so that you don’t have to), his own lifestyles used to be falling apart.

A challenge drinker and protracted undesirable boyfriend, he began utilizing the weblog to be able to escape—the hangovers, the hour of darkness arguments, the hangovers again—until eventually knowing that by way of taking steps to arrive a aim daily, he’d really positioned himself in a spot to ultimately take keep an eye on of his existence for sturdy.

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I believe that Sunday morning in Baltimore whilst all these thugs obtained me stoned after which had a White Rasta bible dialogue used to be the final time I ever felt cozy being excessive round strangers. i used to be thankful to were afforded the chance to watch a person else’s bizarre lifestyles for that week, yet i used to be fairly pleased to return to NYC. i finished up strolling from Doug’s mom and dad’ condo to the bus station in downtown Baltimore. approximately midway there a downpour all started, a becoming finish to a wierd week needless to say, yet I spent the entire bus experience shivering lower than the air conditioner, soaked to the bone.

This used to be potentially a primary for me: being in a pizza position that didn’t even have a undeniable pizza sliced and able to reheat. i attempted to persuade myself that perhaps the realm recognized Little Italy Pizza used to be so reliable, so well known, that they can slightly sustain. yet then I regarded round the empty eating place, recalled that not anyone had entered or left within the ten mins on account that I’d wandered in off the road, and learned that those humans have been simply lazy. ok, extra energy to ’em! As a former lazy worker, I stand in harmony with slackers and layabouts around the globe, even if it a little bit inconveniences me.

The singer talked in a thick outer-borough accessory yet sang part the songs in Polish. even though it by no means materialized, the specter of violence hung ominously within the air for his or her complete set. They have been enjoyable and scary, a becoming creation to this subterranean global I desperately desired to be part of, even supposing to be sincere, I didn’t relatively be aware of the bands I observed at ABC again then, although I went there virtually each Saturday. commonly I ate pizza, drank forties, and did medications. keep in mind that scene in Pinocchio the place the entire young ones visit excitement Island and smoke cigars and play pool, after which finally they develop donkey ears in the event that they don’t go away?

Pages cm 1. Hagendorf, Colin Atrophy. 2. meals writers—New York (State)—New York—Biography. three. Hagendorf, Colin Atrophy—Blogs. four. Pizza—New York (State)—New York. five. Hagendorf, Colin Atrophy—Relations with ladies. 6. younger men—New York (State)—New York—Biography. 7. Alcoholics—New York (State)—New York—Biography. eight. Self-actualization (Psychology) 9. ny (N. Y. )—Biography. I. identify. CT275. H2514A3 2015  974.

Tina even acknowledged she didn’t brain if I bought inebriated that evening. We bought to the bar, and that i simply went for it. I have been given the fairway gentle, and there has been no preventing me. hours later whilst Tina instructed that we head domestic, I threw a tantrum. She had given me permission to get inebriated, and now she used to be attempting to take it again. That was once this kind of nonsense I wouldn’t stand for. I ordered a around of photographs for us, drank them either in defiance, and stormed out the door. at the as far back as my condominium i purchased a six-pack.

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