Title Disasterama! PDF eBook
Author Alvin Orloff
Publisher Three Rooms Press
Pages 260
Release 2019-10-08
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 9781941110829

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A compelling memoir of social life in the queer underground of San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles at a time when the manic frivolity of gay rights and youth collided with the deadly reality of plague.

Why Aren't You Smiling?

Why Aren't You Smiling?
Title Why Aren't You Smiling? PDF eBook
Author Alvin Orloff
Publisher Manic D Press
Pages 192
Release 2011-10-25
Genre Fiction
ISBN 1933149590

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When 14-year-old Leonard decides to quit being a Dweeb and instead joins the Burnouts, his “good boy” persona is abandoned as he embarks on a comically painful journey of self-discovery through an unconventional friendship with Rick, an older Jesus-freak barefoot hippie. Growing up in the 1970s has never before been portrayed with such delightful ludicrousness and heartrending tenderness.

The Bars Are Ours

The Bars Are Ours
Title The Bars Are Ours PDF eBook
Author Lucas Hilderbrand
Publisher Duke University Press
Pages 312
Release 2023-10-20
Genre Social Science
ISBN 1478027282

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Gay bars have operated as the most visible institutions of the LGBTQ+ community in the United States for the better part of a century, from before gay liberation until after their assumed obsolescence. In The Bars Are Ours Lucas Hilderbrand offers a panoramic history of gay bars, showing how they served as the medium for queer communities, politics, and cultures. Hilderbrand cruises from leather in Chicago and drag in Kansas City to activism against gentrification in Boston and racial discrimination in Atlanta; from New York City’s bathhouses, sex clubs, and discos and Houston’s legendary bar Mary’s to the alternative scenes that reimagined queer nightlife in San Francisco and Latinx venues in Los Angeles. The Bars Are Ours explores these local sites (with additional stops in Denver, Detroit, Seattle, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and Orlando as well as Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Texas) to demonstrate the intoxicating---even world-making---roles that bars have played in queer public life across the country.


Title Gutterboys PDF eBook
Author Alvin Orloff
Pages 232
Release 2004
Genre Fiction

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Gutter Boys is a twisted tale of steamy gay sex and unrequited love in Lower Manhattan in the early 80s. Filled with scenes of humorous debauchery and explicitly depicted anonymous sex, this wanton outing portrays a carnal world of orgiastic delights that may never exist again. Jeremy, a shy 19 year old falls madly in love with Colin, a disturbed, yet brilliant, older hustler. Though he rejects Jeremy as a lover, Colin takes him on as his protege, and introduces him to the hilariously depraved world of new wave nightclubs and gay bars in the days before AIDS.

Vulgarian Rhapsody

Vulgarian Rhapsody
Title Vulgarian Rhapsody PDF eBook
Author Alvin Orloff
Pages 0
Release 2023-10-17
Genre Fiction
ISBN 9781953103383

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A whirlwind tour of San Francisco's fabled queer bohemia in the waning days of the 20th century, as the city's budget bon vivants work to save their eccentric lifestyles in the face of tech gentrification by LAMBDA award finalist Alvin Orloff. Harris, San Francisco's most annoying gay barfly, doesn't mean to be bitchy, passive aggressive, or insulting. But he's so bedazzled by his own critical brilliance he feels morally obliged to share his scathing opinions with the world at any and every opportunity. This irritates no one more than his roommate, Maxine, an avant-garde transsexual cabaret singer. When she overhears him badmouthing her on the phone she flies into a rage and expels him from their apartment. This crisis couldn't come at a worse time. The year is 1999 and the "dot com" boom has rendered cheap housing nonexistent, and Harris, who works as a part-time telemarketer, is--as usual--low on funds. Will he be able to convince one of his eccentric, semi-dysfunctional friends with a rent-controlled apartment to let him move in? Vulgarian Rhapsody immerses readers in a fading bohemia of queer dive bars, drag clubs, and countercultural cafes. The book's narrator (a longtime frenemy of Harris who's every bit as snarky and annoying as he is) tells the story with sadistic relish and an ironist's eye for the absurd. Anyone feeling sickly from too many uplifting stories of personal empowerment, precious coming-of-age tales, or sugarcoated romances will find the perfect antidote in this hilariously acidic comedy of manners.

The Murders That Made Us

The Murders That Made Us
Title The Murders That Made Us PDF eBook
Author Bob Calhoun
Publisher ECW Press
Pages 370
Release 2021-05-04
Genre True Crime
ISBN 1773056840

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The 170-year history of the San Francisco Bay Area told through its crimes and how they intertwine with the city’s art, music, and politics In The Murders That Made Us, the story of the San Francisco Bay Area unfolds through its most violent and depraved acts. From its earliest days when vigilantes hung perps from downtown buildings to the Zodiac Killer and the kidnapping of Patty Hearst, murder and mayhem have shaped the city into the political and economic force that she is today. The Great 1906 Earthquake shook a city that was already teetering on the brink of a massive prostitution scandal. The Summer of Love ended with a pair of ghastly drug dealer slayings that sent Charles Manson packing for Los Angeles. The 1970s come crashing down with the double tragedy of Jonestown and the assassination of Gay icon Harvey Milk by an ex-cop. And the 21st Century rise of California Governor Gavin Newsom, Trump insider Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Vice President Kamala Harris is told through a brutal dog-mauling case and the absurdity called Fajitagate. It’s a 170-year saga of madness, corruption, and death revealed here one crime at a time.

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg
Title St. Petersburg PDF eBook
Author Dmitriĭ Olegovich Shvidkovskiĭ
Publisher Abbeville Press
Pages 360
Release 1996
Genre Architecture
ISBN 0789202174

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Before becoming a city, St. Petersburg was a utopian vision in the mind of its founder, Peter the Great. Conceived by him as Russia's "window to the West," it evolved into a remarkably harmonious assemblage of baroque, rococo, neoclassical, and art nouveau buildings that reflect his taste and that of his successors, including Anna I, Elizabeth I, Catherine the Great, and Paul I. Crisscrossed by rivers and canals, this "Venice of the North," as Goethe dubbed it, is of unique beauty. Never before has that beauty been captured as eloquently as on the pages of this sumptuous volume. From the stately mansions lining the fabled Nevsky Prospekt to the magnificent palaces of the tsars on the outskirts of the city, including Peterhof, Tsarskoe Selo, Oranienbaum, Gatchina, and Pavlovsk, photographer Alexander Orloff's portrait of St. Petersburg does full justice to the vision of its founder and namesake. The text, by art historian Dmitri Shvidkovsky, chronicles the history of the city's planning and construction from Peter the Great's time to the reign of the last tsar, Nicholas II. Anyone who has ever visited--or dreamed of visiting--the city of "white nights" will find St. Petersburg irresistible.