Journal Of Militant Unemployment
"Homelessness. Unemployment. Poverty. If you're not having fun, you're not doing it right."
Rare excerpt from the Evasion prequel: "Suburban Justice"
Timeline of all Evasion releases.
Evasion: Book II
The rumors are true: The lost manuscript resurfaces
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And on the sixth day, society created an entitled vagrant...
Rare excerpt from the Evasion prequel: "Suburban Justice"

(An undated history of Evasion, written by the author sometime in the mid-2000s)

The Zine

In 1999, Evasion zine was released from it’s cage to kill and eat easily offended paying customers everywhere. A 108 page memoir, Evasion was a document of unemployment by any means necessary. It was all there – hitchhiking and petty crime, long walks in strange towns and picking up stereos at Wal Mart and running for it. Along the way, I discover the seemingly backwards correlation between “satisfaction” and “poverty” – the less you spend, the more fun you have.

Maybe the story really begins in 1995… Facing my parents ultimatum of “job or school”, I chose a third option – “live in abandoned house up the street”. And so it began – a life of staunch unemployment pursued not to “escape” life, but taste it, for the first time. Evasion #1 was a glimpse into a life of travel and crime, and an emerging subculture of suburban defectors taking to the highway and train yards for a taste of freedom “9-5” could never offer.

Evasion came into the world the product of six months in a basement, under the goal of writing the zine that depicted the life I was living as I saw it. A response to the reams of dunk punk travel zines depicting “the hard life” of the “squatters struggle”. I wanted a travel zine that was both positive and straight edge, because we all know how col you think it is to get drunk by the train tracks, and I was pretty bored with it…

The resulting memoir was a collection of stories falling under the loose category of “situations you find yourself in when you decide not to work”. Eating trash, loitering in gas stations along two-lane highways in South Dakota, one cool part where I sleep in a ditch, etc.

Evasion also carried with it the important “how to” element. The interspersing of practical advice throughout the narrative, a few basic scams and pointers to help people in the right direction. The intended form of Evasion was never “zine” in the traditional sense o reading material for the bus. I was going for something epic. The name came under a thesaurus entry for the word “crime” – Evasion.

“Evading” the 40-hour work week, the hopeless boredom of modern life. And of course, evading the law. Evasion’s layout was crude but functional: 108 handwritten cut-and-paste pages. The first word was written in a San Diego Whole Foods Market, the last block of text taped down in a Little Rock Kinko’s in May 1999.

I made 10 copies, most of which went to friends. One fateful copy – as destined for an eye-roll and toss over the shoulder as the rest – was passed into the hands of a man named Theo, whose house was a popular stop-over point for touring bands. He hated it, or something, and left it in his bathroom as reading material. Over the summer, I made perhaps 50 more copies, all given away to people who picked me up hitchhiking, strangers met at truck stops, a reporter at a major newspaper, and so on.

10 months later, Evasion as a part of my past. I had done nothing with it, and had no plans to. The master was collecting dust in my then-girlfriend’s closet. Then, like a switch had been flipped, I began receiving a flood of emails from around the country and the world! What’s going on?! Turns out, the band Zegota had stolen Evasion from that bathroom in Little Rock, ran off a thousand copies, taken Evasion on tour, and mailed copies to friends and co-conspirators all over the world! The response was confusing to me, who hadn’t given a thought to the tattered memoir in months, but began giving the zine a second look. Responses continued to come in, kids offering heartfelt testimony of reading Evasion and deciding to quit their jobs, or quit paying for food. Or I’d get a little email sent from a public library by a kid writing to tell me she’d read Evasion and left to hitchhike the country. Evasion – corrupter of youth!

The Book

A copy of Evasion soon fell int the hand of the inner circle of Crimethinc, a decentralized propaganda movement whose first book – Days of War Nights of Love – had been making waves in certain circles.  After a brief exchange, a Crimethinc operative wrote simply to say they wanted me to pen the Evasion book.

Over the next 6 months I lived in a broom closet on a university campus, writing 150 pages of new material. This material evolved to be more crime-oriented, stories of not having any money and being pretty much unable or unwilling to pay for anything, but not letting that stop me from doing whatever I wanted, and having the time of my life.

The final manuscript was hitchhiked to Crimethinc HQ in Olympia in the summer of 2001. Finally, the final nails of literary tradition were hammered down with the last-minute inclusion of photos to the front and back covers, photos of an altered anti-shoplifting billboard that I spraypainted personally. And there it was – Evasion the book.

It dropped in August 2001. Always dreaming of that moment of glory opening the box and seeing a copy of my first book – like that scene in Back To The Future, with Mr. McFly holding up his first sci-fi novel – I returned to the Greensboro punk house where I was staying, the day the box was to arrive, to see a shredded envelope, and several crust punks passing the Evasion proof around a 40-oz. strewn porch. Call it anti-climax.

Evasion Firestorm

What could be said of years since? Evasion made a few waves. Drew some hisses, and even a little applause. For me, I could say it opened a few doors – and by the hands of a few who I think call themselves “anarchists” – brought a few to slam close. I read features in a mainstreams magazines at Barnes and Noble and let out a quiet laugh. Then  I asked for Evasion at a “radical” bookstore and was  handed a 4-page essay titled “Why We Won’t Carry Evasion,” and let out a loud one. Blacklisting and nice mail, winks and fistfights, these have been crazy years….

Several of them. Since publication in 2001, the book is in it’s millionth printing, at over 35,000 copies printed thus far. I have nothing to compare it to, so “smashing success” or “embarrassing failure”, I can’t say. I don’t know whose reading all these books, most of my friends haven’t even heard of it….

The Future…

I’m still here. Still writing, still wondering how to take this to the next level. Still militantly unemployed, and still scratching my head for ways to make each day bigger and holder than the that before it. After years of dormancy, the new Evasion book is almost done, and rough outlines for half a dozen books to come. I guess it always ends like this, a “history” begging the next question, that of a future unwritten.

So what now? All I know is: I’m going big...

Rare excerpt from the Evasion prequel: "Suburban Justice"
Evasion: The Zine
What started it all: Original Evasion zine from 1999.

This is the raw, handwritten material that would go on to comprise 40% of the Crimethinc book. Stories about chasing freedom and adventure by any means necessary – hitchhiking, hopping freight trains, shoplifting, and other lighthearted accounts of militant unemployment. Stories include “Loss Prevention – Exposed”, “Memoirs of a Dumpster Diver”, “California Schemin'”, and more. Contains the almost famous “lost Evasion material” – 10 pages cut for the book, including 6 pages of scams and one cool part where I took a pen and added $100 to my Whole Foods gift certificate. Most agree is this is the best Evasion communique to date, owed in large part to the personable handwriting, cute stick-figure how-to shoplifting diagrams, and cut-and-paste quotes on petty crime and hobo-ism. From 1999. Full size, 108 pgs.

Evasion #2.9:
Summer Supplement
Part one subtitled “Out takes and Rarities.” An anecdotal mess of first-draft journey’s into madness and trespassing, excerpts from my journals, Evasion anthology, and photo of me in hardhat after sneaking into the Madonna concert. Part II: First draft excerpts from the upcoming Evasion – Book II. A 6 page glimpse at what’s to come: pre-rewrite, pre-not-sucking. Full size, handwritten, 26 pgs.

Evasion: The Book
My “big break”. The banned, cursed, misunderstood, sometimes cheered for and occasionally tolerated for the sake of harmony at weddings – the Evasion book on Crimethinc. The 288 page collection of mischief and unapologetic rascality. Scamming Amtrak. Dressing up like the Odwalla Delivery guy and pushing carts of juice out the door. Living behind the screen inside a movie theater. Occupying the house of a suburban family as the live in shoplifter. Living on abandoned boats. Walking the streets with crowbars and sneaking backstage. It’s all there – the triumphant highs and crushing lows of life outside the lines of “9 to 5”.

Description from Crimethinc:

A 288 page novel-like narrative, Evasion is one person’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 themÑscamming, squatting, dumpstering, train hopping and shoplifting a life worth living and a world worth the fighting for.

. . . then life began, and since then we remember each dumpster, abandoned house, and foot-chase by retail security. 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 . . .'
Rare excerpt from the Evasion prequel: "Suburban Justice"
Evasion: Book II
The Lost Manuscript
The rumors are true...
Lost for years, it has risen: The Dead Sea Scrolls of crime, vagrancy, and posing as a college student to get free stuff.

The story: Six months living in a broom closet on the campus of a major university, living deep cover as “college student.” 90,000 words. Upon rumor of my prolonged infiltration, the chief editor of the San Diego Reader took me to coffee and asked: “So, you just take food from the dining halls, and no one notices?

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Rare excerpt from the Evasion prequel: "Suburban Justice"
Evasion: What's to come...
With the resurrection in full-effect, the following releases should be factored into all corporate shrinkage forecasts and crime projections:
Evasion: Book II
Living Well is the Best Revenge
The lost manuscript. Six months living in a broom closet on the campus of a major university, living deep cover as “college student.”90,000 words. Early review of the sample chapter, from an NYU undergrad at Starbucks: “Oh my god, you are the whitest.
Demos, Outtakes, & FBI Files
“Unnecessary” never stopped me before…. A carefully curated collection of everything now sitting in that box in my closet, the one between my ex-girlfriend’s box of books and my collection of delivery-person costumes. “The Parts Left Out Of The Book”, stories deemed unworthy of publication, actual FBI documents on Evasion, the Heartattack columns, editing room floor scraps, raw journal entries, hate mail, notes from my fridge, the time that CEO asked me to write the intro to her book, and more. Huge.
Evasion Zine #2
Six months at my desk, handwriting this: The all new handwritten zine version of the Evasion book-only material, with added graphics, commentary, and intro/outro material. The Crimethinc book as it was meant to be seen – handwritten, with pictures, and almost free. Stories you may or may not have read – coming to life, maybe for the first time. 120+ pgs.
Evasion Zine #1 Reissue
Because those sixth-generation copies floating about just aren’t doing the job…. Most agree the original zine is the best Evasion communique to date, owed in large part to the personable handwriting, cute stick-figure how-to shoplifting diagrams, and cut-and-paste quotes on petty crime and hobo-ism. Back in print for the first time in years. Revised layout + new retrospective/”history of” insert.
Evasion: The Book Marginalia Grande Edition
“Marginalia (or apostil) are scribbles, comments and illuminations in the margins of a book.”

Because most people don’t remember what Wild Oats or Tower Records were, a remastered edition of the first book will include a vast amount of “author’s commentary” – written in the margins, of course. If you ever wanted a hand to hold while navigating your least-favorite book, this thing has you covered.
Rare excerpt from the Evasion prequel: "Suburban Justice"
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