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Paying for It by Chester Brown
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May 11, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: memoir, graphic-novel
Read from January 16 to 18, 2012 — I own a copy

I always wondered how the whole thing works, you know, how you would, if you wanted to, get a prostitute or escort. The stories here are hilarious and Chester Brown does exactly the things I would do, and is constantly thinking about the things that I would wonder about. He tries to go find street walkers with a bike!!! Well, yeah, he doesn't own a car. He contemplates just how you would leave the money, since one doesn't hand it over apparently, so the escort will see it and take it. So he has a whole "I'll put this here, so it's visible, and then the money in the envelope, no wait, I'll fan out the money so she can see that it's all there." Hilarious! He also has massive guilt issues about rejecting escorts if they do not look as good or as young or as whatever as they advertised or said on the phone. His thoughts about how something will make the woman feel are exactly the kinds of things one would worry about in a unpaid sex situation.

Where the story excels, and I see some people have included some panels in their reviews that highlight this point, is when Chester discusses stuff with his buddies. Hilarious stuff that made me smile or laugh. The concerns, the moral arguments, the discussions about romantic love, about "going steady" while paying for it...

I would recommend the book to anyone who has ever wondered how it all works, anyone who will not be offended by the idea of legal prostitution (actually, those who would be offended should read it, but who am I kidding?!)

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