Life and Limb: Skateboarders Write from the Deep End

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Justin Hocking, Jeffrey Knutson, Jared Maher
Soft Skull Press, May 21, 2004 - Fiction - 220 pages
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Although the stories and essays in Life and Limb are diverse in subject and voice — and some explore tangential activities from tree eating to the historical and cultural significance of boulders — they all express certain approaches common to skateboarders everywhere. These include an iconoclastic sense of creativity fostered by a lifetime spent outside the restrictions of team sports; a collaborative artistic spirit and a disdain for overt competitiveness; a sense of humor; an appetite for risk that often borders on self-destructiveness; a youthful distrust of authority; and a reluctance to join the "adult" world of commerce and responsibility. While all the contributing writers have been heavily influenced by skateboarding, the stories in Life and Limb don't glorify or idealize the sport. Many of the pieces reveal a darker side — the curse that accompanies the blessing of a lifetime spent rolling very fast over very hard surfaces.
  

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Contents

MARK GONZALES Burgundy Hair Die
19
DAVE CARNIE Brownie
37
ANDREAS TROLF With Love and Squalor
53
STEVEN CHURCH Tree Eater
69
ED TEMPLETON TOTALLY
87
JACK FITZGERALD Cabin Fever
127
J PATRICK WALSH III Ginormous Boulders
151
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About the author (2004)

(Intro writer)

Jocko Weyland is an artist and writer living in New York City. He is the
author of The Answer is Never--A Skateboarder's History of the World (Grove Press, 2002) and a contributing editor to Open City magazine, and his writing and photographs have appeared in Thrasher, The New York Times Magazine, Metropolis and Cabinet.

Jeffrey Knutson is a writer and skateboarder living in Portland, Oregon. He got his first skateboard in 1983 when some punk-teenagers from across the street gave him an old Nash. Things haven’t been the same since. He is currently seeking an M.A. in education so he can teach literature and creative writing to high school students.

Justin Hocking started skateboarding in the early 80’s. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Open City, Thrasher, and Many Mountains Moving. He earned an MFA in fiction from Colorado State University, where he also worked as an instructor of creative writing, literature, and English composition. He currently lives in Brooklyn.

Jared Maher, 23, has been a skatepunk for 14 years and he still can’t do a 360 flip. With a degree in Creative Writing, Jared is a freelance writer and a contributing editor for Adbusters Magazine.

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