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Pimp by Iceberg Slim
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May 22, 2011

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He's got this brilliant staccato rhythm to the prose that makes practically every sentence a gem, albeit with the occasional awkward ostentatious touch of the autodidact. That's what the book is really about, this bravura discourse. It's the ultimate pimp rundown, in the parlance of the book. Which really saves it, because the life of a pimp is such great ugliness, little more than abuse and exploitation, and the weak and insincere disclaimer that it's a cautionary tale doesn't make glamorizing the lifestyle any less stomach turning. He is a decent storyteller, however. It is particularly worthwhile for the white reader, I think, because it offers a glimpse into the casual racial violence that infuses the background of this black man's life, and the world in which he lives. The violence of the pimp, if we are to believe Slim, is perfectly natural in a world that so frequently subjects black bodies to violence.

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