Jan Tailor is a recluse living in the bowels of Shaughnessy an affluent neighbourhood of Vancouver where the Crème del Crème live therefore there is no need for public transit to run through Shaughnessy. Jan is certain that there has already been a zombie apocalypse because zombies are creatures that do not think and eat the brains of those that do. To Jan it is very apparent this has been happening in society since Bush II’s first term. Jan tries to avoid society. Jan believe that society could be helped if it took some mushrooms but Jan has never been able to grow enough – Jan is a bit of a pig, rarely having enough for anyone else. So Jan tries to defend consciousness by writing. It has been said by a fool that the pen is mightier than the sword, Jan is a fool. The act of writing has nearly caused Jan to lose the plot and kill an editor. Jan insanity stem from dyslexia, the inability to incorporate English’s irrationalism from thought into writing. Jan believes there is some symmetry in being a dyslexic writer and being a Canucks fan.
The sentence Jan live by is: Searching for the strong argument in the instant of instinct.
Jan hobby is fishing and one of the few things Jan will rise during the day for.
Jan’s photo is of an orca off of Spanish Bank in Vancouver Harbour. The whales (87 of them) spoiled the fishing that day but reminded Jan people are natural too.
on Sep. 02, 2012 :
Damian, the hero of Stag-Nation, lives in Vancouver, Canada, a city of two extremes: one of the ‘best’ cities in the world, a favourite of the wealthy elites; but, in its downtown east side, a last refuge for a distressed under class struggling to survive with poverty and addiction. Damian’s world touches these two extremes as he ricochets between the thrill of sailing a yacht on Vancouver’s beautiful cruising waters and the dependence on alcohol and drugs to blunt the trials of his stressful job in security. As a generation Xer trying to make the best of a tough existence, Damian pursues a quest to achieve life-long love and partnership with a lap dancer. Do the lyrics of Nine Inch Nails “I just made you up to hurt myself” more accurately reflect what Damian has done?
If you liked this author’s short stories as much I did, you’ll find Stag-Nation to be an exciting read with more gritty characters, subplots and descriptive content of a raw existence.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 11, 2012 :
This is a very well written book that provides a colourful and accurate window into the lives of a segment of Generation X. It reminds me of the ennui and restlessness of the lost generation after the First World War. The characters are trying to find their place in present day society, and though they have the ambition to change their lot they do not have the tools to do so. They live under the assumption that the world should come to them and under shadow of their boomer parents. Even though characters are dark and some segments are tragic, I really enjoyed this novel.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on June 06, 2012 :
From start to finish, this book was an enthralling read. The novel reads like something Hunter S. Thompson would write if he were a alive, young, interested in strippers and of course living in Vancouver. Well worth the read for those interested in the excesses of the young and idle. The author is very skilled with his choice of words and the structural flow makes for a very entertaining read. Looking forward to future work by the Author.
One warning: if you consider yourself 'prudish' or are prone to moral indignation, this book might not be for you.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)