opportunity to glimpse into the mind of an individual capable of committing a mass school shooting.On Monday, December 29th, 2008, Taylor Hart began writing his journals in spiral-bound notebooks. Obsessively, he recorded everything ranging from his thought provoking philosophical views down to beautiful short stories, even down to entries that could be described as nothing other than the products of raw emotion— insanity driven rants.
After four years of spiraling downward, Taylor’s maniacal and sociopathic progression collapses, concluding with his suicide in his university’s observatory and with the confiscation of his writings, but now, after some time, Dan Andrews has reacquired his former close friend’s unpublished journals. Published with all of Taylor’s originality intact, laced with timeless existential questions and violence, The Journals of Taylor Hart forces the reader to confront the question, “Who is the next person on the brink of committing the world’s next atrocity?”
I struggled with how to write a review for this book. While it was disturbing to read as a parent, I valued the information that came from this it. I was so intrigued I went on a search to find out more about this author and “Taylor Hart”. Even the author said that he left it to the reader to determine the fact versus fiction angle in this book. I for one can see where the actual events might not have happen regarding a Taylor Hart but the story is far from fictional these days in society.
grow. It is easy in society to ignore the quiet ones, to avoid the emotions that are uncomfortable. I think we also have the mentality that school shootings can’t happen here, they happen in big cities or small towns, anywhere but where you are at.
Dan Andrews was born in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, where he spent much of his childhood. He passionately pursued the art of coaching human movement, kinesiology, at Northern Illinois University. He had begun writing seriously, though, during his junior year of high school, but his talent did not blossom into a disease until his
sophomore year of college, when it metastasized with the idea for his first book “Sons of Suicide.”
Since then his condition has only grown worse with the publication of his second, largely overlooked, book “The Journals of Taylor Hart: Inside the Mind of a School Shooter”
He has since naively attempted to follow in the footsteps of the great Ernest Hemingway by moving to Florida, unable and unwilling to give up on trying to write the greatest books of all time.
His dire condition has brought him to precipice of madness, now working on an instructional guide on “How to Buy Drugs Safely and Anonymously” due for release in Fall 2014.