Justin Hocking on surfing, trauma and The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld

When he hit rock bottom, DIY zine-maker and literary adventurer Justin Hocking started taking evening jaunts from New York City to Rockaway Beach, where he surfed the waves under the moonlit sky. He defied death; he navigated trauma; he searched the shadows of his soul. This period of self-exploration launched a new journey: the writing of The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld, a surfing memoir and a personal exploration of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. On Wednesday, April 2, Justin Hocking will be reading from his memoir at the Tattered Cover Colfax. In advance of this appearance, Westword spoke with Hocking about the book.

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