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Subculture Vulture: A Memoir in Six Scenes by Moshe Kasher

Subculture Vulture: A Memoir in Six Scenes by Moshe Kasher

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From Random House

A riotous, whirlwind tour through deep American subcultures ranging from Burning Man to Alcoholics Anonymous, by the hilarious stand-up comic Moshe Kasher.
After bottoming out, being institutionalized, and getting sober all by the tender age of fifteen, Moshe Kasher found himself asking: what’s next? Over the ensuing decades, he found his way to the answer: a lot.

There was his time as a boy-king of Alcoholics Anonymous, a kind of pubescent proselytizer for other teens getting and staying sober. He was a rave promoter turned DJ turned sober Ecstasy dealer in San Francisco's techno warehouse party scene of the 1990's. For fifteen years he worked as a psychedelic security guard at Burning Man, fishing hippies out of hidden chambers they'd constructed to try and sneak into the event. As a child of deaf parents, he became deeply immersed in deaf culture and sign language interpretation, translating everything from end of life care to horny deaf clients’ attempts to hire sex workers. He reconnects and tries to make peace with his Ultra Chassidic Jewish upbringing after the death of his father before finally settling into the comedy scene where he now resides.

Each of these scenes get a gonzo historiographical rundown before Kasher enters the narrative and tells the story of the lives he spent careening from one to the next. A razor sharp, gut-wrenchingly funny, and surprisingly moving tour of some of the most wildly different subcultures a person can experience, Subculture Vulture deftly weaves together memoir and propulsive cultural history. It’s a story of finding your people, over and over again, in different settings, and knowing without a doubt that wherever you are is where you’re supposed to be.