Cruising: An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime
From ancient Greece to Grindr, the underground practice of cruising has changed in fascinating ways, and also not at all.
Acclaimed author Alex Espinoza takes readers on an uncensored journey
through the underground, to reveal the timeless art of cruising.
Combining historical research and oral history with his own personal
experience, Espinoza examines the political and cultural forces behind
this radical pastime. From Greek antiquity to the notorious Molly houses
of 18th century England, the raucous 1970s to the algorithms of Grindr,
Oscar Wilde to George Michael, cruising remains at once a reclamation
of public space and the creation of its own unique locale—one in which
men of all races and classes interact, even in the shadow of repressive
governments. In Uganda and Russia, we meet activists for whom cruising
can be a matter of life and death; while in the West he shows how
cruising circumvents the inequalities and abuses of power that plague
heterosexual encounters. Ultimately, Espinoza illustrates how cruising
functions as a powerful rebuke to patriarchy and capitalism—unless you
are cruising the department store restroom, of course.
Praise for Cruising: An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime
"Espinoza is certainly a writer worth
keeping an eye out for."
—San Francisco Chronicle,
"Alex Espinoza is poised to become the Faulkner
of his own haunted landscape."
"Through it all, hard and soft, Espinoza is unflinching, cool,
unsentimental, …incapable of false or flimsy storytelling.
His style is ominous, layered and clean — reminiscent of
a Hieronymus Bosch painting."
—The Los Angeles Times,