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4.39  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
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 no ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 9th 2010 by Tnb Books
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D.R. Haney
Dec 09, 2010 D.R. Haney rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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 h
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 more 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 wanderin ...more
Dec 13, 2010 Kerry rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
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 a ...more
Subversia is a collection of short stories that were originally published on 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,
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 o
Patrick O'Neil
Jan 19, 2011 Patrick O'Neil rated it it was amazing
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). ...more
Oct 05, 2010 Scott rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keepers
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 pers ...more
Sep 30, 2010 Maureen rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, essays
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 goodreads is not letting me add a link to it, so i'll do that later. :)

Khris Sellin
Sep 08, 2011 Khris Sellin rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 29, 2010 Ann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
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!
Apr 01, 2011 Kimberly rated it really liked it
really enjoyed reading it. would love to get my hands on a copy of Banned for Life.
Aaron Dietz
Nov 29, 2010 Aaron Dietz rated it it was amazing
A golden chronicle of the history of And not that it means to be. What it means to be might be more 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 s
Mar 23, 2011 Wysteria rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011, own
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 more 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 ha
Aug 01, 2011 Dan rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Dan by: Ben Loory
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.
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