Cleveland Lost a great literary artist and story-teller yesterday when American Splendor author Harvey Pekar died at age 70.
And while the appreciations are beginning to flow, no one has written a more thoughtful one than Anthony Bourdain on his blog today. On location in Spain for his show No Reservations, Tony took time out to write a piece that places Pekar precisely in the context of his time and of the city that gave him such rich material. As readers know, I try to avoid thanking Tony in public for anything, what with all the trouble he gets me into, but Tony, you've done Harvey right here and I am truly grateful. You nailed it. Thank you, from all of Cleveland.
I've been informed that there will be a special airing of the Cleveland Episode of No Reservations—one of Bourdain's proudest achievements, he says—on Monday at 9 pm eastern for those who would like to see a true and valuable portrait of a truly original American. Our city is diminished today by his loss. Long live the work of Harvey Pekar.