7.16.2005

John Twelve Hawks...off the grid

This is the big publicity stunt of the summer I guess. The author claims to live "off the grid".
By that he means no credit cards, no driver's license, no bank accounts, or at least none under his own name. And John Twelve Hawks isn't his real name.

Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong but I thought "off the grid" meant you lived off the power grid. Generators and solar power and the like. Off the grid was a huge issue for survivalists during Y2K. I've never heard of anyone using "off the grid" to describe living undercover. Not even in novels. Did I miss something?

Speaking of novels, this guy needs to read John D. MacDonald. Cause even Travis McGee, the original guy "no documentation guy", later changed his ways. I can't remember which book but he said "the fastest way to attract undue attention was NOT to have ID in your wallet".

Good thing Mr Twelve Hawks hasn't tried to visit his editor at Doubleday. The guards at 1745 Broadway ask for picture ID.

13 comments:

David J. Montgomery said...

Since Mr. Hawks doesn't have a bank account, I'm sure he wouldn't mind if his publisher send his royalty checks to me instead.

I'll keep a close eye on your money for you, John Twelve. No worries.

Miss Snark said...

I of course will be happy to act as your agent for that altruistic gesture. I'll even reduce the commission.

Anonymous said...

John Twelve Hawks is Dan Brown.

This is a series he planned before DVC exploded into the stratosphere. Same editor, secret identity, huge promotional budget. Take it from me, an anonymous internet source.

Anonymous said...

Actually, I heard the Dan Brown theory also this week. Which is why DB has postponed the next DB book so many times. Random House friend pointed out that both publicity files for both writers are closed to general access from in house computer. The only two that are. Everything thing else about marketing, etc...is the SAME.

Yrs,

An Agent Who Lunches...

Sarah said...

Interesting theory but why would Brown use Joe Regal as his agent for the Twelve Hawks books and not Heidi Lange, who repped DVC et al?

I'm still voting for the dropped midlist author coming back. Wonder if any of Kaufman's former clients from his SMP days might fit the bill...

Richard said...

I thought "off the grid" was when you have to get off the L train at a stop other than Bedford Avenue to go home.

Miss Snark said...

The people who get off at First and Third probably don't think that's as funny as you and I do.

I will never forget the horrified look on one woman's face when she realized she'd missed her stop and would now be shanghaied into deepest Brooklyn.

We assured her that she could get off at Bedford, cross the platform and her perky little Chanel ballet slippers would never actually touch Brooklyn soil.

JJ said...

John Conner uses "off the grid" to describe his untrackable life in Terminator 3. That was the first time I heard it used like that, but it makes sense. Off the "data" grid.

Miss Snark said...

Off the data grid, ok. But just "off the grid"?
That still means power lines to me.
Maybe I'm off MY grid.

Sling Words said...

Elaine Viets writes the Dead End Job mystery series with a protagonist who lives off the grid. First book was pubbed 2003, but earlier was Dean Koontz's Dark Rivers of the Heart with protagonist living off the grid.

Miss Snark said...

Does Elaine describe her character like that? I know "Dead End" gets paid in cash and doesn't have utilities in her name, but I don't think I've ever read Elaine use the phrase "off the grid". I could be wrong..but I've read Elaine's books and I sure don't remember that phrase.

bonnier said...

I've run across that phrase a few times here and there, mostly among the kind of people who think "The Matrix" shows revealed truth. It seems to be an expansion of the literal meaning. First you detach yourself from the electricity, and then you detach yourself from the financial hooks like credit cards, and then you detach yourself from the entire governmental and social structure.

It has similarities to the old idea of living off the land.

Anonymous said...

I'M JOHN TWELVE HAWKS!!

I'm also Spartacus...