Five Lessons I Learned from Harvey Pekar
I went to see Harvey Pekar at the Eastman branch of the Cleveland Public Library yesterday. Here are five things I learned from him:
- If someone offers you $5000 to write something, do it, even if you don't know how.
- You don't need friends.
- If you don't make much money at your job, your pension will be correspondingly small when you retire. You have been warned!
- Quit it with the nationalism and ethnic pride. You're not better than anybody.
- Artists need to take chances to move things forward. If they don't, "fine art just becomes folk art." (Also Wynton Marsalis sucks.)