Vulgarian Rhapsody

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$16.00  $14.88
Three Rooms Press
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5.4 X 8.2 X 0.6 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Alvin Orloff began writing in 1977, penning lyrics for The Blowdryers, an early San Francisco punk band. He spent the 1980s working as a telemarketer and exotic dancer while attending U.C. Berkeley and performing with The Popstitutes, an absurd performance art/homocore band. In 1990 he co-founded Klubstitute, a floating queer cabaret that featured spoken word, theater, drag, and musical acts. The author of three previous novels, including I Married an Earthling, he was a LAMBDA Literary Prize finalist for his memoir Disasterama! Adventures in the Queer Underground 1977-1997 (Three Rooms Press), He lives in San Francisco and works in the heart of the historic Castro District as the proprietor of Fabulosa Books.


High Praise for Vulgarian Rhapsody

"Orloff's delightful romp paints a picture that many audiences will find fun and enlightening; it will have other readers ruminating on their own scene circa Y2K." --Library Journal

"I've been a fan of Alvin Orloff's work for 20 years. His latest novel (I've coined the term "New Wave Gothic") takes a slightly darker tone but does not spare the wit, sharp observance, and ultimately the generosity he gives to the most unlikely antiheroes. He never shies from camp but stays true to his ear for Classic English tone. I'm forever a disciple." --Brontez Purnell, author, 100 Boyfriends

"In his trademark fanciful style, Alvin Orloff takes us to 1990s San Francisco, when the city was still kind of fun, to meet a motley assortment of sassy talkers and soul scroungers as they haunt the city's thrift shops, bars, and coffee houses meeting the same four or five people over and over again. Within this tiny, tiny world gigantic dramas unfold." --Jennifer Blowdryer, musician and author, Kicked Out: The 86'd Project"

"Even though its often hilarious and wickedly paced, Vulgarian Rhapsody isn't just a delicious romp. It's a smart, gimlet-eyed portrayal of the drag queens, poets, artists, alcoholics and assorted legends in their own minds that have roamed up and down Market street for decades. A brilliant, scorched, vodka-soaked love letter to the San Francisco queer art scene." --Mike Albo, author, Another Dimension of US, The Underminer, and Hornito

"I laughed out loud! Vulgarian Rhapsody is an incisive portrait of a shiftless, hapless, uber-critical gay-bar-fly named Harris and the queer / trans / arty friends he torments, set against San Francisco's oppressive "Dot Com Boom" of the late 1990s. And the pansophical narrator is both saucy and wry. Brilliant!" --Phillip R. Ford, director, Vegas in Space; "honorary straight man" in legendary 1980s drag troupe, the Sluts A-Go-Go

Past Praise for Alvin Orloff

"No one is cooler than Alvin Orloff." --Andrea Lawlor, author, Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl (for Disasterama!)

"Both beautiful and heartbreaking all in one." --Michelle Tea, author, Against Memoir (for Disasterama!)

"Thoroughly original." --Publishers Weekly (for I Married an Earthling)

"Alvin Orloff writes with a sharp mind and a gentle touch." --K. M. Soehnlein, author, The World of Normal Boys (for Why Aren't You Smiling?)

"Quirky, insightful . . . glam as hell." --The Bay Area Reporter (for Gutter Boys)