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.
See also: Bruce Weber on bicycling, mortality and Life is a Wheel