Shuck is the intense, dazzling diary of Jaeven Marshall, a quasi-homeless hustler who seeks fame and fortune in New York, where he tries to manage his reputation as the city's porn star du jour when he's not dumpster diving, tweaking or trying to get published. As his dreams of becoming a literary star grow dim and his love affair with amoody painter becomes hopelessly messy, he tries to reconfigure his life by documenting obsessive lists from found trash and by hustling, which steals little pieces of his body and spreads them all over the city.
Daniel Allen Cox writes truthfully and elegantly about a New York that I knew very well and that I miss very much. Set in the late 1990s, his novel Shuck describes with great clarity and verve the last gasp of a gritty Manhattan just before the war with the Eskimos, a bygone era that existed before wealth and privilege strangled the sweet life out of street life.
--Bruce LaBruce, director of "Otto; or, Up with Dead People"--Bruce LaBruce"Bruce LaBruce" (07/01/2008)
Daniel Allen Cox is a former Inches cover model, video porn star, and interviewer for the New York Waste. He is the author of the novella Tattoo This Madness In (Dusty Owl Press), and lives in Montreal, Canada.