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Vanilla Slim: An Improbable Pimp in the Empire of Lust

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On December 8, 2002, the San Francisco Chronicle published an article by "Insight" contributor Bob Armstrong titled "Zen Dolls: Confessions of a Pimp in the Pod." In the article, Bob briefly recounted his adventures running an "escort" service before being arrested on March 27, 2002, on one count of pimping and two counts of selling drugs, all the while working as a freela
Paperback, 234 pages
Published December 19th 2005 by Da Capo Press (first published December 18th 2005)
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Dec 01, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book intrigued me: It was hyped on the jacket as "a lyrical, unsentimental, and comic tour de force about the rise and fall of a middle-aged, highly educated, NPR-listening pimp". I thought there must be a good story behind that, and was hoping to hear about some insights into the inner workings of his escort service, and how he got caught.

There wasn't much insight into how the escort service worked, because sounds like there just wasn't much to it. He put ads in the paper and everything ju
Dec 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
To his dubious credit, Vanilla Slim is a better writer than he is a pimp. As a how-to manual for pimping, this book falls decidedly short. In his own world-weary, self-deprecating manner, however, Vanilla Slim conceals a few gems in the otherwise jaded pages of his pimping memoirs. Here's one quote that I found endearing if not altogether redeeming:

"And yet, when you're a native and you light out of Portland on the run and you see the steel bridges over the Willamette River recede in the distanc
Jun 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
More like 2 1/2 stars as opposed to three. A decent biography yes, but kind of boring and pompous in some places. My main complaint can be reflected in the scene involving his first "art porn" film. It starts of funny and entertaining with some snappy dialogue but he doesn't know when to quit and the scene keeps dragging on and on with an unfulfilled climax. The book is kind of like that as well. Hope you are not looking for a resolution either, cause there isn't one. And one question... how muc ...more
Feb 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
I guess I should've kept low expectations for this one, but unfortunately for me, I didn't. I especially hated it when he spoke of himself in the 3rd person referring to himself under his alias. Now I'm stuck associating him with every skinny white man I see in the TL. Well, not every...but just enough.
Aug 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
In places, the writing was a bit too contrived (which is where I guess you can tell he's a journalist) but the story was interesting and he even had his come uppance in the end.
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