Pimp: The Story of My Life
A blueprint. A bible. What Sun Tzu’s Art of War was to ancient China, Pimp is to the streets. This is the story of Iceberg Slim’s life as he saw, felt, tasted, and smelled it. A trip through hell by the one man who lived to tell the tale. T ...more
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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
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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
The thing about Robert “Iceberg Slim” Berg, the reason he is so magnetic, is that he is actually not the “Iceberg” he pretended to be. In this memoir of his life on the streets, he revels in his successes but also agonizes over his failures. He seems to tell us straight: this worked, that didn’t. He concludes it is necessary to hide one’s feelings behind an icy exterior, hiding his fear and doubt and empathy from his stable of whores and from other con men on the street who would double-cross hi ...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
Robert Beck, a.k.a. Iceberg Slim, was born in 1918 to a single mother. He never knew his father, who left town before he was born. His mother worked several jobs t ...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
I was told if you were a black man in the 1970s, you read this book, along with those by Malcom X. It gives a dark insight into the misogyny t ...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
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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.”