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Here are some advance reviews of Disasterama!
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, The Cruising Diaries
Alvin Orloff began writing in 1977 as a teenage lyricist for The Blowdryers, an early San Francisco punk band. After studying sociology at U.C. Berkeley he 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 his first love, writing. He'd be happy to hear from you, so feel free to send him a message.
Orloff is 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.
Orloff lives in San Francisco and manages Dog Eared Books Castro, a beloved neighborhood shop.
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.
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This JUST IN... my long awaited memoir, DiSASTERAMA!, will be coming out this fall!