Title: Asphalt Boogie: Life and death in Gay L.A.
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc.
Book Condition: Good
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Synopsis: I opened my eyes and peered around, befuddled, trying to imprint on something real. Antiseptic white walls displayed office prints of scarlet and olive-green airplanes dueling in leaden skies. Sparkling clear, chrome-topped jars filled with cotton balls, Band-Aids, tongue depressors, and unknown shiny instruments that bent the wrong way lined the walls on white Formica counter tops. A clean wide strip of white tissue paper scrunched under my bony ass, separating my 501’s from the cool plastic of the examination table as I shifted my weight, trying for balance. Scents of alcohol and disinfectant tickled my nose, along with the familiar odors of Dr. Jules’ one-milligram tar cigarettes smothered by Old Spice. I focused on the doctor’s plaid cotton collar, trapped in a V of white smock, avoiding his diagnostic stare.
No saliva remained in the world. My tongue formed words from a dry, dusty desert. “It certainly is different when you know for sure. Suspecting is one thing, but knowing is so final.” My little-boy voice, squeaking and cracking, shamed me.
Asphalt Boogie chronicles the life of Robin, a young homosexual, from the pre-AIDS 1970s, when gays in LA celebrated their lives in discos and their sexuality in bathhouses—through the black years of the AIDS epidemic, and into times of hope.
About the Author: Robert Jonez has been a bartender in the LA gay community for the past twenty-five years, living with HIV for almost that long. He currently lives in West Hollywood with his two cats.
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