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.
Books by Alex Espinoza
Cruising: An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime
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.