A pro athlete has written a book unique in the fact it isn’t self-biographical. It’s not about his team either. In fact, it’s not about sports at all.
Jason Garey, a former University of Maryland star who played in MLS for six years, has self-published a fictional work with a libertarian tilt.
“Geauxing Galt” – the title combines the French/Cajun word for “go” with a subject in Ayn Rand’s famed novel “Atlas Shrugged” -- is set in the near future and touches on economics and politics.
“People who share my views are probably going to like it, people who don’t are probably going to hate it,” laughed Garey, a forward for the Carolina RailHawks in the second-division North American Soccer League. “It’s pretty one-sided toward economic libertarianism.”
Garey, who turns 28 this month, wrote the 230-some pages while recovering from hip surgery this past winter and spring, He completed the work over six months. It became available June 20 on Amazon.com.
“I was on crutches for three or four weeks and just started writing, putting down my thoughts and beliefs, and it began to take form,” he said. “I just thought, ‘What the heck? I’ll turn this into a book.’”
His wife Meghann and mother-in-law, a court reporter in Sacramento, assisted on the project. His mother Kathleen painted the cover art.
Many of the characters and topics were inspired by real-life influences in his native Louisiana, including the coastal wetlands. In one section, an oil driller, tired of politicians squabbling about solutions for the suffering wetlands, quietly buys up land over a decade and creates his own replenishing system.
Not surprisingly, Garey supported Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) for the Republican presidential nomination. “He’s the only one who made sense,” he said.
Explaining his own political views, Garey said: “I didn’t know anything until I got a taste of the world. It’s part of being a rational person. Politicians on both sides make me nuts. It’s frustrating.”
Garey’s uses stronger language on his Amazon page:
“I’m a lover of liberty, capitalism and sane economic policies. The current direction of our country (massive debt, socialism and a lack of personal responsibility) inspired me to write a book. I don’t claim to be an expert, but I’m a rational person who is worried about the future of the great country I was raised in.
“If you are a conservative or libertarian frustrated with the direction our country is headed, I believe Geauxing Galt is worth your hard-earned money. If you’re a liberal or progressive, steal money from someone and use it to learn something other than what you regurgitate from liberal college professors.”
[UPDATE: Garey has amended the Amazon introduction. The last part was “meant as a tongue in cheek joke,” he told me.]
This isn’t the first time Garey’s projects have transcended soccer. In 2005, after Hurricane Katrina battered his home state, he supported relief efforts. In 2010, he helped bring attention to the waterways damaged by the BP oil spill. The Columbus Crew named him its humanitarian of the year.
Garey is from Gonzales, “the jambalaya capital of the world,” about an hour from New Orleans. He learned to fish and crab in the gulf waters.
After smashing high school scoring records, he led the Maryland Terrapins to the 2005 NCAA title – their first in 37 years – and won the Hermann Trophy as the nation’s best player. The third overall pick in the 2006 MLS draft, he played five years and scored 15 goals with the Crew before moving to Houston.
Following his departure from the Dynamo last winter, Garey required several months of rehab from hip surgery. Only recently has he felt back to normal on the field; he was expected to start for the RailHawks (4-5-5) at home Tuesday night against the Atlanta Silverbacks.
WakeMed Soccer Park, the RailHawks’ home, was the venue for Maryland’s 2005 championship.
I asked him how it felt to become an author.
“Hard but fun,” he said. “It’s important as an athlete to have an interest in something else. While some guys were playing video games or golf, I decided to write a book. It was rewarding and intellectually stimulating.”