Author(s): Justin Hocking
Surfing in Far Rockaway, romantic obsession, and "Moby-Dick" converge in this winning and refreshing memoir Justin Hocking lands in New York hopeful but adrift--he's jobless, unexpectedly overwhelmed and disoriented by the city, struggling with anxiety and obsession, and attempting to maintain a faltering long-distance relationship. As a man whose brand of therapy has always been motion, whether in a skate park or on a snowdrift, Hocking needs an outlet for his restlessness. Then he spies his first New York surfer hauling a board to the subway, and its not long before he's a member of the vibrant and passionate surfing community at Far Rockaway. But in the wake of a traumatic robbery incident, the dark undercurrents of his ocean-obsession pull him further and further out on his own night sea journey.With "Moby-Dick" as a touchstone, and interspersed with interludes on everything from the history of surfing to Scientology's naval ties to the environmental impact of the Iraq War, "The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld "is a multifaceted and enduring modern odyssey from a memorable and whip-smart new literary voice.
Justin Hocking is an avid surfer and skateboarder. He edited "Life and Limb: Skateboarders Write from the Deep End," and his work has appeared in "The Rumpus," "Thrasher," and "The""Normal School." He is the executive director of the Independent Publishing Resource Center and lives in Portland, Oregon.