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Paying for It: A Comic-Strip Memoir about Being a John

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A CONTEMPORARY DEFENSE OF THE WORLDS OLDEST PROFESSION

Chester Brown has never shied away from tackling controversial subjects in his work. In his 1992 book, The Playboy, he explored his personal history with pornography. His bestselling 2003 graphic novel, Louis Riel, was a biographical examination of an extreme political figure. The book won wide acclaim and cemented Browns reputation as a true innovator.

Paying for It is a natural progression for Brown as it combines the personal and sexual aspects of his autobiographical work with the polemical drive of Louis Riel. Brown calmly lays out the facts of how he became not only a willing participant in but a vocal proponent of one of the worlds most hot-button topics—prostitution. While this may appear overly sensational and just plain implausible to some, Browns story stands for itself. Paying for It offers an entirely contemporary exploration of sex work—from the timid john who rides his bike to his escorts, wonders how to tip so as not to offend, and reads Dan Savage for advice, to the modern-day transactions complete with online reviews, seemingly willing participants, and clean apartments devoid of clichéd street corners, drugs, or pimps.

Complete with a surprise ending, Paying for It provides endless debate and conversation about sex work and will be the most talkedabout graphic novel of 2011.

Review:

"A compelling look into one man's history of employing prostitutes as a replacement for romantic love, this graphic novel is sure to create controversy. Brown has produced acclaimed but brutally honest autobiographical works before, but here he adds a new didactic element. In June 1996 Brown's then girlfriend broke up with him. After three years of celibacy and his growing conviction that romantic love is destructively possessive, Brown works up the courage to see a legal prostitute and finds the 'burden' of anxiety over whether to pursue a relationship with any particular woman forever removed. The next 200 pages are an explicit — but far from erotic — dossier of the various women he did business with, until he meets one that he ends up with in a monogamous — but still financial — relationship. Although Brown intends the work to be a compassionate look at a profession that helps people, he unfortunately goes out of his way to anonymize the sex workers — never showing their faces and telling the story in tiny, cramped panels, giving the whole thing a voyeuristic feel. A lengthy appendix arguing that a system where paying for sex is preferable to romance-based methods is unlikely to persuade many readers. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

About the Author

Chester Brown lives in Toronto, where he ran for Parliament in the general election as a member of the Libertarian Party of Canada.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781770460485
Author:
Brown, Chester
Publisher:
Drawn & Quarterly
Subject:
Graphic Novels-Literary
Publication Date:
20110531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-White Illustrations Throughout
Pages:
292
Dimensions:
7.78 x 5.95 x 1.27 in

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Product details 292 pages Drawn & Quarterly - English 9781770460485 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A compelling look into one man's history of employing prostitutes as a replacement for romantic love, this graphic novel is sure to create controversy. Brown has produced acclaimed but brutally honest autobiographical works before, but here he adds a new didactic element. In June 1996 Brown's then girlfriend broke up with him. After three years of celibacy and his growing conviction that romantic love is destructively possessive, Brown works up the courage to see a legal prostitute and finds the 'burden' of anxiety over whether to pursue a relationship with any particular woman forever removed. The next 200 pages are an explicit — but far from erotic — dossier of the various women he did business with, until he meets one that he ends up with in a monogamous — but still financial — relationship. Although Brown intends the work to be a compassionate look at a profession that helps people, he unfortunately goes out of his way to anonymize the sex workers — never showing their faces and telling the story in tiny, cramped panels, giving the whole thing a voyeuristic feel. A lengthy appendix arguing that a system where paying for sex is preferable to romance-based methods is unlikely to persuade many readers. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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