Assuming the Position by Rick Whitaker
A Memoir of Hustling

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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.
 

About Rick Whitaker

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Rick Whitaker writes book reviews for the New York Times Book Review and the New York Observer. His stories have been published in The Quarterly and Story Quarterly. He lives in New York.
 
Published November 16, 2001 by Four Walls Eight Windows. 179 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Crime. Non-fiction

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Whitaker’s flaccid memoir of life as a gay male prostitute denies the reader even the giddy thrill of voyeurism in service of an existential life lesson which even Sartre would have decried as banal.

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Now the assistant to the general director of the New York City Opera, Whitaker writes honestly about his experiences as a hustler and drug addict. After moving to New York in the late 1980s with a boy

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By 1997, he had acquired a serious dependency on cocaine and was having ""a great deal of sex with strangers, some of it unsafe."" In order to support his drug habit, he began working for two escort agencies and, in the next 20 months, conducted business with more than 100 men before giving up hi...

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