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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  70 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Danny is a rent boy, an architecture student, a waiter, and hot! Working his way through school seemed pretty easy: he serves ego-obsessed writers their cocktails at the Emerson Club; he has his toes and other appendages sucked by horny businessmen; and he escorts anyone - male, female, or otherwise - who can afford him. But then his liaison with another rent boy gets him ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by Serpent's Tail
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Chris
While in San Francisco last week on a search for collectible gay fiction I found this at Bolerium Books, the world's largest inventory of used gay books for sale. It looked like a quick read covering the male hustler scene in contemporary (1990s) New York. The first half of the book is exactly that, and it was so funny and bitchy and real and deeply-felt that I was actually laughing out loud. The rent boy Danny (or Mike, or Billy, or whatever) drifts through his self-realized meaningless life, o ...more
Chris
Sort of a silly little book about male prostitution and organ theft. There's a lot of really graphic sex, which actually comes off more as depressing than anything else, as the bored rentboy makes his way through the story. I don't know if there's any relating to him. The main character is so shallow and foolish that you keep waiting for bad stuff to happen, as if he somehow deserves it. It's nothing deep, but a quick read.
BrianB
One of my very favorite sleazy/bitchy queer lit reads that I bonded to early and thus am disqualified from having an objective opinion about it. And will it have the same resonances for someone with less of a love/frustrated relationship with Kathy Acker, who is affectionately lampooned in the first part?

That said I re-read it every year or so, and it still holds up for whatever reason. Highly recommended if only for that reason
K.E. Page
This book is funny, extremely rude and full of social commentary. The narrator's voice is believable and I could have easily read more in this style. The ending seems sudden and some things are left unexplained but altogether an excellent read.
Jonathan
Written as letters from Danny, an architecture student, waiter, and prostitute, to a john named J. who never enters the story, this is a gritty read depicting the New York City hustler scene and black organ market of the early 1990s.
Rurik Nackerud
This had some eerily resonant sections...
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