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The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld: A Memoir

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ISBN13: 9781555976699
ISBN10: 1555976697
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Surfing in Far Rockaway, romantic obsession, and Moby-Dick converge in this winning and refreshing memoir.

Justin Hocking doesn't adapt easily to New York City. He has panic attacks on the subway under the East River, struggles as an assistant at a romance publisher, feels powerless as a long-distance relationship crumbles. He comes to see himself as a modern-day Ishmael, and he's looking for a way out. Far Rockaway is his escape. There he discovers surfing and a colorful circle of friends, both of which prove vital to his sanity, especially in the wake of a traumatic carjacking. But the tides of this memoir pull in more than surfboards. As he ventures further into the dark on his own “night sea journey,” Hocking details his obsessions, from Moby-Dick to Scientology's naval ties, from environmentalism to the Iraq War, and from twelve-step meetings to Basquiat. The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld is an affecting portrait of an unsung neighborhood and an original look at the swirling world of New York.

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“This beautiful memoir is beyond cool. A voyage both erudite and affecting.” Junot Díaz

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"As generous as it is smart, as intimate as it is grand, as illuminating as it is dark. With grace and guts, Justin Hocking dares to go where few men have gone before: not only out to sea, but also into the depths of the human heart." Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild

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"Melville-haunted, surfing-imbued, and wisdom-packed, The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld is a lucid and moving memoir. Hocking's laid-back erudition and narrative generosity take us by the hand down a winding path at the end of which lies a new openness to the world's wonder." Antoine Wilson, author of Panorama City

About the Author

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.

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LFG, October 22, 2014 (view all comments by LFG)
A meditative memoir on the art of living inspired by the dynamic voices that permeate Moby Dick, Hocking explores the era of emerging adulthood through surfing, skating, and relationship.
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spenserdavis1, October 21, 2014 (view all comments by spenserdavis1)
One of the best books I've read in a long time. I'm not sure how I came across it, but I have no idea how it didn't get more publicity upon being published. Memoir is often such a narcissistic pursuit, but Hocking manages to look at himself from above while telling his story. His passions weave and bob throughout the pages, and he glides over topics like a surfer carving a big wave. The book "works" not only because I enjoyed his story and his development throughout the narrative, but because I desired to learn and study the topics Hocking is passionate about in his book. Within a week of finishing FLOODGATES, I drove to the Washington coast and rented a surfboard (wiping out a lot), and bought a copy of Moby-Dick.

If that's not the goal of literature, I'm not sure what is. Highly, highly recommended.
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Jon Lauderbaugh, January 13, 2014 (view all comments by Jon Lauderbaugh)
I found this memoir at a local bookstore quite by accident and decided to give it a read. I genuinely enjoyed it. Justin Hocking writes candidly about his life and his psycological and emotional turmoils. Furthermore, he gives insight on the novel Moby-Dick, surfing, writers, Lewis & Clark, New York City, Portland, Powell's books and topics such as friendship, fear, apprehension, elation, peace, and relationships. He covers a lot of territory, literally and figuratively, in such a brief book. I rank this memoir along with other compelling and thought provoking contemporary autobiographies such as Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, Wild, and The Glass Castle. This little gem is worth a read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781555976699
Subtitle:
A Memoir
Author:
Hocking, Justin
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20140211
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Illustrations
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb

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Product details 256 pages Graywolf Press - English 9781555976699 Reviews:
"Review" by , “This beautiful memoir is beyond cool. A voyage both erudite and affecting.”
"Review" by , "As generous as it is smart, as intimate as it is grand, as illuminating as it is dark. With grace and guts, Justin Hocking dares to go where few men have gone before: not only out to sea, but also into the depths of the human heart."
"Review" by , "Melville-haunted, surfing-imbued, and wisdom-packed, The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld is a lucid and moving memoir. Hocking's laid-back erudition and narrative generosity take us by the hand down a winding path at the end of which lies a new openness to the world's wonder."
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