Vanilla Slim: An Improbable Pimp in the Empire of Lust

Vanilla Slim An Improbable Pimp in the Empire of Lust On December the San Francisco Chronicle published an article by Insight contributor Bob Armstrong titled Zen Dolls Confessions of a Pimp in the Pod In the article Bob briefly recounted his a

  • Title: Vanilla Slim: An Improbable Pimp in the Empire of Lust
  • Author: Bob Armstrong
  • ISBN: 9780786717019
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Paperback
  • On December 8, 2002, the San Francisco Chronicle published an article by Insight contributor Bob Armstrong titled Zen Dolls Confessions of a Pimp in the Pod In the article, Bob briefly recounted his adventures running an escort service before being arrested on March 27, 2002, on one count of pimping and two counts of selling drugs, all the while working as a freelaOn December 8, 2002, the San Francisco Chronicle published an article by Insight contributor Bob Armstrong titled Zen Dolls Confessions of a Pimp in the Pod In the article, Bob briefly recounted his adventures running an escort service before being arrested on March 27, 2002, on one count of pimping and two counts of selling drugs, all the while working as a freelance journalist He spent time in the county lock up where fellow inmates dubbed him Vanilla Slim, but with a clean record he got off with 19 days served and three years probation Articulate, argumentative, engaging, and witty, Armstrong is the philosopher pimp a college educated, 50 something year old man, hip to San Francisco s various ethnic and cultural scenes, and hip to the city s history Beautifully described in a kind of Bukowski esque style, Armstrong relates the stories of his Zen Dolls with compassion and insight Charging 500 a session, he s a cultural and sex industry critic, whose need to live a life of danger led him to think there was some good money and good times to be had by running a high end operation Armstrong s rise and fall is a rollercoaster ride through a life lived on the edge.

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    1. This book intrigued me: It was hyped on the jacket as "a lyrical, unsentimental, and comic tour de force about the rise and fall of a middle-aged, highly educated, NPR-listening pimp". I thought there must be a good story behind that, and was hoping to hear about some insights into the inner workings of his escort service, and how he got caught.There wasn't much insight into how the escort service worked, because sounds like there just wasn't much to it. He put ads in the paper and everything ju [...]

    2. To his dubious credit, Vanilla Slim is a better writer than he is a pimp. As a how-to manual for pimping, this book falls decidedly short. In his own world-weary, self-deprecating manner, however, Vanilla Slim conceals a few gems in the otherwise jaded pages of his pimping memoirs. Here's one quote that I found endearing if not altogether redeeming:"And yet, when you're a native and you light out of Portland on the run and you see the steel bridges over the Willamette River recede in the distanc [...]

    3. More like 2 1/2 stars as opposed to three. A decent biography yes, but kind of boring and pompous in some places. My main complaint can be reflected in the scene involving his first "art porn" film. It starts of funny and entertaining with some snappy dialogue but he doesn't know when to quit and the scene keeps dragging on and on with an unfulfilled climax. The book is kind of like that as well. Hope you are not looking for a resolution either, cause there isn't one. And one question how much o [...]

    4. I guess I should've kept low expectations for this one, but unfortunately for me, I didn't. I especially hated it when he spoke of himself in the 3rd person referring to himself under his alias. Now I'm stuck associating him with every skinny white man I see in the TL. Well, not everybut just enough.

    5. In places, the writing was a bit too contrived (which is where I guess you can tell he's a journalist) but the story was interesting and he even had his come uppance in the end.

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