Welcome to me, Alvin Orloff!
I began writing in 1977 as a teenage lyricist for The Blowdryers, an early San Francisco punk band. After studying sociology at U.C. Berkeley I dabbled in underground theater with The Sick & Twisted Players, performance art with the Popstitutes, and deejaying at Baby Judy's Discotheque À Go-Go, but eventually returned to my first love, writing. I'm the author of 3 novels: I Married An Earthling, a campy sci-fi send-up; Gutter Boys, a twisted tale of debauchery and unrequited love set in early '80s New Wave Manhattan; and Why Aren't You Smiling? a coming of age tale set on the queer fringes of the 1970s New Age explosion - all available from Manic D Press. I live in San Francisco and work as the manager of Dog Eared Books Castro. I'd be happy to hear from you, so feel free to send me a message.
I don't write many short stories, but here's me reading one: Dougie Doodles. And here I am reading the first chapter of an as-yet untitled novel in progress.
This way to WEBSTITUTE, a tribute page for Diet Popstitute
photo: Daniel Nicoletta
This just in, my memoir will be coming out this
October, 2019 on Three Rooms Press!!!
Here are some advance reviews:
Disasterama! takes us deep into the 80s and the daily creative resistance that saved the culture's soul during the plague years. With wit and flair Alvin Orloff gives us a guided tour of the era's vibrant subcultures; glittering, pointed reactions to a cold-hearted status quo. Heartbreaking and hilarious, sexed-up and political, Disasterama! is a deeply personal coming-of-age story. --Michelle Tea, author Against Memoir and Modern Tarot
"A book that all at once reads as a memoir, a eulogy and a love letter to San Francisco--set in those critical years between the death of disco and the first tech boom--Disasterama! offers up a chronicle of fags, dykes, punks, freaks, and club kids partying on the Best Coast and the impact of AIDS, art, and activism on the post Baby Boomer/ pre-Millennial avant-garde. SPOILER ALERT: the last three chapters will completely rip yr heart out." --Brontez Purnell, author, Since I Laid My Burden Down