Assuming the Position: A Memoir of Hustling

Assuming the Position A Memoir of Hustling Rick Whitaker divulges the complex reasons that drove him to prostitution and reflects on the cost of a life of half truths and emotional lies With an unsentimental eye Whitaker chronicles his descen

  • Title: Assuming the Position: A Memoir of Hustling
  • Author: Rick Whitaker
  • ISBN: 9781568582023
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rick Whitaker divulges the complex reasons that drove him to prostitution and reflects on the cost of a life of half truths and emotional lies With an unsentimental eye, Whitaker chronicles his descent and eventual resolution.

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    1. Rating: 3.75* of fiveThe Book Description: Rick Whitaker divulges the complex reasons that drove him to prostitution and reflects on the cost of a life of half-truths and emotional lies. With an unsentimental eye, Whitaker chronicles his descent and eventual resolution.My Review: That's a pretty sparse description for a pretty intense book. It's a short thing, pared down to its essential points, and purged of prurient detail. (Darn it.)Whitaker was the editorial assistant to publishing legend Go [...]

    2. A best friend, CalTech grad (one of smartest peopsI've known), was "in the life" for 3 years while writing op-eds on the polar ice melt for WSJ and DCPost. Like the book's author, he needed admirationand too much sex was never enough. Unlike the author,he never touched drinks or drugs. This frank memoirdoesn't reveal anything you haven't imagined. There'svery little erotica.But the skillful writing has an other worldly-dreamysurreal quality -- albeit top-heavy on refs to Woolf,Wilde, Whitman, Wi [...]

    3. Most books about hustling involve the details about what the sex was like and what the guys were like who paid for it. You go in wanting to know more about the industry and leave with a view that something different happened for the author. Of course there is the other side to these kinds of books, the ones that get written are the ones who made it out, and the ones that don't get written are probably still doing it or they lost their lives to the drugs and sex of the culture it has.Whitaker is [...]

    4. So I loved the thought of reading this because Of CHICKENwhich if you have not read it yet was very good. I like to read about the male side of the prostitution. I am afraid to report that I did not like this book as much. Rick came across as trying to act smarter than he actually is. I hated that he felt the need to quote so many authors, and to talk about classical music. The entire book I was thinking is he just putting this in here to seem smarter than he is?? This might not be the case but [...]

    5. A nuanced + literary but totally apolitical memoir of hustling--he confuses his hustling w/his drug use, since they were sort of concurrent + is WAY too into amateur psychoanalysis for my tastes--still, an interesting read, though he is a slightly self-hating sex worker.Why can't people ever say "sex work is wrong for ME" rather than "[insert generalization about hustling]" ?

    6. Recently, I reread Rick Whitaker’s harrowing memoir, Assuming the Position. When I last crossed paths with this book, I was in my early twenties and identifying, loosely, as a gay male. Today I’m four days short of thirty one, more or less pegged as a genderfluid, femme leaning transperson. Much has changed for me, especially the ways I relate to my male side. Reading gay nonfiction has helped, but its rare I find a narrative I resonate with as much as Whitaker’s.What Worked For MeAssuming [...]

    7. I read half of this book and was so disgusted I threw it away. I have been reading memoirs of prostitution and human trafficking to get ideas for my own memoir. I always come across books written from the female perspective but this is the first one I ever found from the male's perspective. I did not like it at all and found it to be too graphic. I think the writer lacks boundaries and was writing for shock value. I think this book could have been better written if it were written to help discou [...]

    8. This book maybe found interesting by those who are curious about what goes on in the daily lives of hustlers. Or this can be a handy reference guide for those who are pondering on getting into the hustling business, given challenges of looking for jobs, even part-time jobs in today's economic environment. It is not in any way encouraging others to get into the trade, given its inherent difficulties (found in most businesses) plus the attitude of most people in society who may not know any better [...]

    9. A memoir of life as a New York gay prostitute, Assuming the Position appears to have been written primarily as a step in the healing process of the author. Whitaker does a good job of conveying both the frenetic desperation of drug addiction and the emotional detachment that many prostitutes have to adopt in order to go through the motions of their trade. He doesn't delve too far into the sordid details of most his encounters, and when he does it's only to help drive home the damaging nature of [...]

    10. Definitely an interesting read. Some may complain that it's not political or analytical of the industry as a whole; but it's a -memoir-, so that's definitely not the point. Whitaker takes the reader on a somewhat detached journey through his experience in the world of hustling, and gives an excellent personal account of his insights during and after his stint. If you take the book at face value, as the story of a male prostitute and the effects of the work on his life, you'll enjoy it. If you ex [...]

    11. Ugh. Pretentious, short, filled with unnecessary quotes from long dead authors in the public domain.The best line in the book I thought was went he went to a drug counsellor and said he was addicted to meth and doing it twice a day. The drug counsellor says So? Hows that working for you?There's this moment when you realize your problems are not someone else's, that you can't blame your childhood on your current lifestyle forever, that no one cares or will care except yourself. And this is touche [...]

    12. I didn't think that I was a big fan of memoirs, but I might like them. A little. Or at least I'm starting to.I thought that this book would be a lot more sordid and dark, being the tale of a New York hustler and all but it wasn't. I think because it was written in a rather detatched manor. Feelings, addiction, the Johns, were told about rather than too deeply discussed. It was just a story I guess. Everyone has one, just every one's doesn't include prostitution.

    13. I wanted my first read for the year to be nonfiction (for no clear reason), and this popped up in BN while I was looking for something else, so I ordered a copy.It was frank and interesting, but it didn't leave me with any profound sense of having learned much about the author, so I'm kind of torn on whether I liked the book or not.

    14. This was a look at a world I know nothing about and will never experience, the life of a gay prostitute. It is a fascinating glimpse at a life out of control. I did find part of it a bit tedious with the constant mention of different boyfriends- and the author's pondering on his life was a little hard to follow at times.

    15. A memoir of hustler. Touching, plain speaking prose. Whitaker makes one thing very clear. Hustling is bad for the human spirit, yet he overcomes its addictions to survive (and flourish, I hope).

    16. an Anglo hustler turned novelist recounts his days on the job - interesting stuffsort of has a Denis Cooper/Bret Easton Ellis vibe to it

    17. Quick read. Not quite what I imagined a gay prostitute would have to say but it was still interesting and there were many eloquent sentences and thoughts that I felt compelled to share.

    18. Interesting memoir of a gay prostitute in NYC. Hes very sincere and graphic. The book is real and a very short read.

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