Cruising (Paperback)

An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime

By Alex Espinoza

Unnamed Press, 9781944700829

Publication Date: June 4, 2019

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From ancient Greece to Grindr, the underground practice of cruising has changed in fascinating ways, and also not at all. The thrill of the random encounter, the danger of revealing a true identity, the need and practice persists in societies that are both open and incredibly hostile to the LGBT community. Alex Espinoza has written an intimate and urgent account of the importance of cruising in gay life throughout history and its impact on society and technology. The first of its kind, Cruising: An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime examines what has until now gone undocumented and unspoken, just like the tapping feet echoing in the men's room at your local department store or near an abandoned building in India.

About the Author

Alex Espinoza is the author of the novels The Five Acts of Diego León and Still Water Saints, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection. His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times Magazine, NPR, Salon, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. His awards include a 2014 Fellowship in Prose from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2014 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation for The Five Acts of Diego León. He is the director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Arts at California State University, Los Angeles.