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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Slice Harvester by Colin Atrophy Hagendorf

Over the course of two years, a twenty-something punk rocker eats a cheese slice from every pizzeria in New York City, gets sober, falls in love, and starts a blog that captures headlines around the world—he is the Slice Harvester, and this is his story.

Since its arrival on US shores in 1905, pizza has risen from an obscure ethnic food to an iconic symbol of American culture. It has visited us in our dorm rooms and apartments, sometimes before we’d even unpacked or painted. It has nourished us during our jobs, consoled us during break-ups, and celebrated our triumphs right alongside us.

In August 2009, Colin Hagendorf set out to review every regular slice of pizza in Manhattan, and his blog, Slice Harvester, was born. Two years and nearly 400 slices later, he’d been featured in TheWall Street Journal, the Daily News (New York), and on radio shows all over the country. Suddenly, this self-proclaimed punk who was barely making a living doing burrito delivery and selling handmade zines had a following. But at the same time Colin was stepping up his game for the masses (grabbing slices with Phoebe Cates and her teenage daughter, reviewing kosher pizza so you don’t have to), his personal life was falling apart.

A problem drinker and chronic bad boyfriend, he started out using the blog as a way to escape—the hangovers, the midnight arguments, the hangovers again—until finally realizing that by taking steps to reach a goal day by day, he’d actually put himself in a place to finally take control of his life for good @goodreads



This book did one thing for me, and that was crave pizza. All I have done is crave pizza! I had to get a cheese pizza the other day because of this book. I'm getting one tonight because of this book, but I digress!

Colin decided he wanted to write a blog about eating all of the pizza in New York. He started out on a Tues, Aug. 11, 2009, at Grandpa's Brick Oven Pizza. It was good pizza.

Through most of the book you get to hear about Colin's life as a punk rocker, his alcoholism, eating pizza with friends, eating pizza alone, and his girlfriend.

It was a little interesting at times reading about his life. I enjoyed going to some of the pizza places and talking about the pizza. What I would give to try that out some day!

When your reading a memoir you take the good with the bad. I thought this was just going to be little tid bits of his life revolving around pizza but it's a lot about his drinking and drugs, and throwing up every morning, which I skipped over because I'm trying to enjoy pizza here!

Colin just says what's on his mind and a lot of people will find him rude. It's just who he is and looked over that and kept going.

I can only recommend this book to people that want to sit, crave and eat pizza for however long it takes you to finish this book.

There is a good ending to the book when he decides to stop drinking and is getting along better with his girlfriend. And I'm sure, still eating plenty of pizza!


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