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Chicken: Self-Portrait of a Young Man For Rent
     

Chicken: Self-Portrait of a Young Man For Rent

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by David Henry Sterry
 

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I walk all the way up Hollywood Boulevard to Grauman's Chinese Theatre: past tourists snapping shots; wannabe starlets sparkling by in miniskirts with head shots in their hands and moondust in their eyes; rowdy cowboys drinking with drunken Indians; black businessmen bustling by briskly in crisp suits; ladies who do not lunch with nylons rolled up below the

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I walk all the way up Hollywood Boulevard to Grauman's Chinese Theatre: past tourists snapping shots; wannabe starlets sparkling by in miniskirts with head shots in their hands and moondust in their eyes; rowdy cowboys drinking with drunken Indians; black businessmen bustling by briskly in crisp suits; ladies who do not lunch with nylons rolled up below the knee pushing shopping carts full of everything they own; Mustangs rubbing up against muscular Mercedes and Hell's Angels hogs.

It's a sick twisted Wonderland, and I'm Alice.

Here is a story like no other: The unforgettable chronicle of a season spent walking the razor-sharp line between painful innocence and the allure of the abyss. David Sterry was a wide-eyed son of 1970s suburbia, but within his first week looking for off-campus housing on Sunset Boulevard he was lured into a much darker world — servicing the lonely women of Hollywood by night.

Chicken—the word is slang for a young male prostitute—revisits this year of living dangerously, in a narrative of dazzling inventiveness and searing candor. Shifting back and forth from tales of Sterry's youth—spent in the awkward bosom of a disintegrating dysfunctional family—to his fascinating account of the Neverland of post—sixties sexual excess, Chicken teems with Felliniesque characters and set pieces worthy of Dionysus. And when the life finally overwhelms Sterry, his retreat from the profession will leave an indelible mark on readers' minds and hearts.

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Publishers Weekly
09/02/2013
Ten years ago, this debut memoir from Sterry burst upon the literary scene with an energy and inventiveness that captured his little-known subject matter—teenage life in Los Angeles as a rent boy working for a benevolent pimp named Sunny whose “rich, generous, horny friends,” Sterry explains, “pay good money to party with a boy like me.” Now back in print, Sterry’s memoir still crackles with its unsparingly honest approach: “I catch myself in the mirror, seventeen-year-old hardbody belly, pitprop legs, zero body fat, and huge hands. I’m seduced by the glitter of my own flesh.” Scenes from Sterry’s early dysfunctional family life not only add pathos to this tale of fall and resurrection but assure readers that he never sees himself as better than his clients, such as Dot, the wealthy 82-year-old, whose only desire is to experience cunnilingus for the first time—a desire that Sterry readily fulfills. “Even though I have no home and no family except for a bunch of prostitutes and a pimp, even though I have no future... at least I’m good at this.” (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593765279
Publisher:
Soft Skull Press, Inc.
Publication date:
10/08/2013
Edition description:
Tenth Anniversary Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author


David Henry Sterry is the author of more than ten books, including Hos, Hookers, and Callgirls, Johns, Marks, Tricks, and Chickenhawks, Unzipped: A true story of Sex, Drugs, Rollerskates and Murder, and Master of Ceremonies: A true story of love, murder, roller—skates and Chippendales. He's made over 300 media appearances and was a finalist for the Henry Miller Award.

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Chicken: Self-Portrait of a Young Man For Rent 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Debbi Mack More than 1 year ago
An excellent book! A funny and heart breaking look at a teenaged boy driven to the life being a male prostitute. A must-read for anyone who enjoys memoirs.