Deep into his seventh year of self-described "militant unemployment," the anonymous author of "Evasion" is taking his book and stories on the road to read and discuss his life as a 20-something hitchhiker, dumpster diver and adventure-seeker.
"Evasion" is a 288-page novel-like narrative, the author's travelogue of thievery and trespassing across the country, evading not only arrest, but also the 40-hour workweek and "hopeless boredom of modern life." The journey documents a literal and metaphorical reclamation of an individual's life and the spaces surrounding them - scamming, squatting, dumpstering, train hopping and shoplifting "a life worth living and a world worth fighting for."
From the book:
"At night, after running around, plotting and scheming, our checklist items all crossed out, we paused to think - 'What to do tomorrow?' and the answer was always, 'As we please. . .'
Additionally, the author will be presenting and discussing his just completed and almost published second book - a memoir of six months living in an abandoned broom closet on the campus of a prestigious university, in deep cover as a college student. It's described as a conversation with an author intent on documenting his fight to live free or die trying.
The event is brought to Astoria by Astoria Hideouts and takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21 at the Astoria Visual Art Gallery, 160 10th St. A $3- to $5-dollar donation is welcome to support the tour and the AVA Gallery. For information, go to www.AstoriaHideouts.com