Excitable Boy: Essays on Risk


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“In these essays, Gordon pokes the bruise that society leaves on those who push back. Shining a light on characters who reliably fall between the cracks, he dares you to flinch.”
Jenny Valentish

“Nightclub fights, graffiti odysseys. The lube-stink of low rent sex clubs, lust for life told with humour and style. Great, great writing. An instant classic.”
Guy Rundle

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Excitable Boy: Essays on Risk
Dominic Gordon

Weight 0.5 kg





176 pages

About the Book: What happens to the adolescent spirit when all vestiges of innocence about the world are foregone, replaced within the grinding sounds of concrete and metal of the CBD of Melbourne? A place where train tunnels become nesting sites, carpark stairwells spots to refuel on methamphetamine and hide from predators; where agility leads you across nightclub rooftops. For a rest, why not ride on the back of a train as it speeds through the night? The dangers of a decades-long exploration of risk in the streets of his city is exhilarating. In these original essays, Dominic Gordon, explores his memories in tight prose bursting with insight, audacious ideas and dark humour. Excitable Boy is an immersive experience of what it was like growing up in and around criminal-class and working-class culture in the inner city of Melbourne at the turn of the twentieth century. With an Introduction by Christos Tsiolkas. About the Author: Dominic Gordon is from Melbourne. His work has appeared Meanjin, The Suburban Review, Visible Ink and other literary journals. In 2016 he created and produced a radio play that was broadcast on Radio National’s, Soundproof program, called Cooked in the Big Smoke. In 2018 Dominic was awarded a Berry Street Fellowship at the State Library of Victoria. Excitable Boy: Essays on Risk is his first book. ISBN: 978-0-6458745-5-6 Cover image: Family photograph of the author