Welcome to the serialization of The Personal History, Adventures, Experiences & Observations of Peter Leroy.
I’m glad you’re here.
The Personal History is one large work of fiction composed of many interconnected parts. Its parts are the memoirs and collected works of a fictional character, Peter Leroy, who tells an alternative version of his life story; explores the effect of imagination on perception, memory, hope, and fear; holds a fun-house mirror to scenes of life in the United States; ruminates upon the nature of the universe and the role of human consciousness within it; and searches the painful world of time and place to find the niches where hilarity hides.
From the ruins and the dissolution of real reality something very different will emerge, not a copy but an answer: fictional reality.
Mario Vargas Llosa, The Perpetual Orgy: Flaubert and Madame Bovary
I’m making the entire Personal History available online for free—the whole thing, all twelve volumes, in brief episodes, “a feast in small bites” in the opinion of Lee Grove, writing in Boston Magazine. I wrote it to be read, and I’m hoping that Substack can help it “find its audience.”
I’m also adding a paid subscription option that gives you exclusive access to additions, annotations, and anecdotes that enrich the chapters and take you behind the scenes to the writing of the work.
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I hope you’ll enjoy reading—or re-reading—the Personal History.
Before you begin Episode 1, you might enjoy the Personal History theme song: “Indian Summer” written by Victor Herbert, recorded in New York City on February 5, 1940, performed by Sidney Bechet, clarinet and soprano sax; Sonny White, piano; Charlie Howard, guitar; Wilson Myers, bass; and Kenny Clarke, drums: