Monthly Archives: February 2023

Monthly book roundup – 2023 January

Books finished in January:
(Warning: reviews are unpolished and quickly written.)

Paying for it (2011) by Chester Brown. This is an unusual book-a memoir of being a buyer of services from sex workers. We follow Chester from he enters the world of explicit selling and buying of sex and in his interactions with (anonymized) sex workers. Throughout, Chester is arguing with his friends about the value of romantic love and the rightness of the way he has chosen and his distancing himself from romantic love. Crucially, he also give the sex workers a voice. Their voice is of course filtered through the author, but it is frequently a voice that is not heard at all. After all his complaining and misgivings about monogamous love, Chester paradoxically ends up in a steady, monogamous relationship with one sex worker.

Ratings and previous books are in the library.