52 books in 52 weeks
27: “Paying for It: A comic strip memoir about being a john” by Chester Brown
I am not really interested in the whole debate of whether or not a graphic novel is the equivalent to a purely written novel. My goal for myself this year was to read 52 books and this most certainly fits the Webster definition of “a set of written, printed, or blank sheets bound together into a volume.” Furthermore, I spent more time and got more out of this than some of the other things I’ve read this year (Room). I cannot recommend this memoir enough to anyone/everyone who has ever considered the ethical aspects of prostitution and romance. In no ways do I agree with everything Brown puts forward in this book, but it is most certainly a stunningly frank and intimate look into the world of prostitution from a perspective that seems to get frequently vilified—the male consumer, the “john.”
I don’t really know how to write a review without sounding like an arrogant blowhard, but seriously read this book.