Paying for It

A Comic-Strip Memoir about Being a John

By Chester Brown
(Drawn & Quarterly, Hardcover, 9781770460485, 280pp.)

Publication Date: May 24, 2011

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A CONTEMPORARY DEFENSE OF THE WORLD'S 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 Brown's 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 world's most hot-button topics--prostitution. While this may appear overly sensational and just plain implausible to some, Brown's 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 cliched 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.




About the Author
Chester Brown is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney, and a Barrister. He is also a door tenant at Essex Court Chambers, London, and Maxwell Chambers, Singapore. He has previously worked as Assistant Legal Adviser at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, and as Senior Associate in the International Law and International Arbitration Group of Clifford Chance LLP, London.
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