Justin Hocking – The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld
Late Night Conversation, hosted by Patrick McGinty
This week guest-host Patrick McGinty talks to Justin Hocking, whose debut memoir, The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld, was published by Graywolf Press this February. Patrick and Justin discuss fiction as religious text, people obsessed with Moby Dick, and the challenge of writing about your boss.
I go straight to the Melville section to see what they have in stock. If someone walks up and picks up the Signet Classics version I’m like, no no no, you don’t want to read that one.
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About our guest:
Justin Hocking was raised in Colorado and California and has been avidly involved in skateboarding and surfing for over twenty years. He created and contributed to the anthology Life and Limb: Skateboarders Write from the Deep End; his work has also appeared in the Rumpus, Orion, Thrasher, The Normal School, the Portland Review, Portland Noir and elsewhere. He is a cofounder, with A.M. O’Malley, of the yearlong Certificate Program in Creative Writing at theIndependent Publishing Resource Center, and also teaches in the Wilderness Writing MFA program at Eastern Oregon University. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
About our guest-host:
Patrick McGinty is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He writes regularly for Propeller Magazine.