“Alex Espinoza’s much-anticipated book takes readers on a unique 'cruise.'”

John Rechy

Cruising: An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime

Alex Espinoza

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."
Susan Straight,

"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,