Pimp: Mémoires d'un maquereau
On Proxenetism and Pandering as Metaphors for Book-Reviewing
From a feminist/post-colonial viewpoint, the activities of book-reviewing and pimping have much in common. Operating within a patriarchal structure, the reviewer-pimp claims power over the essentially female text (recall Derrida's useful concept of "invagination"), and offers it to the reader-john as part of a quasi-commercial transaction where he is paid with "likes" or "comments". Just as the pimp symbolizes dominance over his girls u ...more
This book is a thoughtful and brutal examination of the choices one is forced to make in a world turned against the individual. In prose reminiscent of a street-wise Dostoyevsky, the author recounts the story of his life through various moralistic phases. These tend to impress upon the reader a recurring theme, not of the universe's intense silence to human cries, but of openly ambivalent laughter and playfulness that voices itself most ...more
anyway - gut-wrenching account of life as a pimp before it became gangster rap fodder. i know there's a big debate - at least at the academic level - about whether slim wrote this book or it was ghostwritten. i'm not sure that matters to me - the story still needs to be told.
it's interesting that despite the fact that slim e ...more
The pimp engages in all those things. They are, in fact, his routine.
I picked this book up after having stumbled across the documentary Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp produced by Ice-T. Here's the trailer:
That film was interesting enou ...more
This was a loan from Dan. The narrator is such a bastard. If it wasn't an autobiography, it would be decried as misogynistic, which it is. But that would be the point, right? I mean, he is a pimp. He beats his women, hooks them on drugs and sucks the life out of them until they run away. Hustle & Flow owes a great debt to Pimp and its sympathetic portrayal of that world.
Putting morality aside, if one can, the...more
-- It's nearly indecipherable at times, thanks to the 1940s hustler slang in which it's written; especially, the dialog.
Yes, there's a glossary to help one figure out what he means.
Yes, one can argue that the extensive use of period slang lends authenticity and context to what's being said.
I found it stultifying.
At times, the narrative is so laden down with slang -- especially, as Iceberg Slim recalls decad ...more
Part of me justifies this by noting that like many autobiographies, this one is too dramatically compelling to be anything approaching non-fiction.
If I were a woman though, I can easily imagine that Iceberg Slim's story would come off like smoldering bamboo shoots under the fingernails as ...more
This post will contain adult language and content. Nothing sexual will be described in explicit detail, but the subject matter is of an adult nature. If you are bothered by prostitution, gambling, sex, or violence, turn back now…
Pimp (pmp) Noun: A man who solicits for a prostitute or brothel and live ...more
I think it is clear pimps are not nice people. They are cunning, abusive, emotionless creatures and liars. And their street walkers are lost souls, foolish and not too bright. That's why I loved this book. It's blunt, gritty, and organic.
Some might read Pimp and believe it's teaching tool how to pimp and to whore. Granted, while some might read this book and take it that way, I look at it as to why one shouldn't get into the life at all. Like what I ...more
Let me be clear about this - PIMP is one hell of a book. I recommend it to any and all admirers of good writing. Iceberg's pros ...more
Iceberg Slim [Robert Beck, born Robert Lee Moppins or Maupin Jr.] (1918-1992)
Memoir (302 pp.)
Mostly 1936 to 1948 (1921 to 1960s); Chicago and Midwest
His education as a pimp. Long scratch and longs bits (times of wealth and trips to jail), both of which are fueled and oiled by drugs. Not for the faint of heart.
Semi-Random Semi-Representative Samples (I’ll try to keep them clean-ish):
“If you are going to tell me some broad is going to lay out five-hundred frog sk ...more
I was reluctant to read this book. But I knew it would shove me outside my comfort zone, and expose me to an alternative perspective of which I feel ignorant. In the preface, Iceberg Slim addresses his motivations for writing this autobiography.
In this book I will take you, the reader, with me into the secret in...more
The story and content is quite confronting and had me wincing at some points. But overall, the author's style of writing is what lifts the content to the stratosphere, turning it into a veritable classic.
Some awesome one liners from the book:
“In the Hog, until I dropped the last whore off, you could have heard a mosquito crapping on the m ...more
At the start of the book I thought it would just end up being a just a string of brutality and misogyny. While it was that, it was not only that. Somehow I ended up getting pulled in despite that and the bad metaphors. I think my favorite bad metaphor went something like “I sucked her sw ...more
Another book it reminded me of, and this might sound funny, was Moll Flanders, because it's professed to be a cautionary tale meant for moral reform but is actually just a cover-to-cover bragging match with all the salacious details on display. Ironically Moll Flanders repents of the relati ...more
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I'd suck a thousand clappy pricks and swim through liquid shit,
They got green puke between their rotten toes,
And snot runs from their funky nose,
I hope square bitches become syphilitic wrecks,
I hope they fall through their own assholes and break their motherfucking necks.”