Boy Culture: Confessions of a Gay Prostitute!

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

photo-7When you think back about all the things you wanted to be when you grew up, was a prostitute ever one of them?  In Matthew Rettenmund’s novel Boy Culture, that was the case for main character X. (As the narrator, he tells us this isn’t his real name, but it might as well be since this is what he calls himself for the entire book.) In fact, X goes so far as to say that he “felt destined to be one.”  So I’m sure you won’t be surprised to learn that Boy Culture is the story of a gay prostitute.  Told as a series of confessions, all but one of the book’s chapters has an “I” statement as its title, as in “I am Curious, I am Shockable, I am an Open Book,” etc.  These confessions range anywhere from twenty-two pages to eight little words, giving personality to the speaker and showing which stories he places more value on.

BOY CULTURE POSTER.inddBut of course there wouldn’t be enough drama in the book if it was just a hooker talking about his Johns.  To complicate X’s life, not only does he have his select clients, but he also has two roommates.: Joe, a slutty barely legal teenager that wants X, and Andrew, a fresh out of the closet man that X finds himself wanting.  Whether you’re reading for the dirty parts that you know are coming or you’re interested in X’s real romantic life outside of turning tricks, Boy Culture is a fun and easy read.

For anyone that’s just interested in the more risqué parts of the book, Rettenmund made it even easier for readers to hunt down the scenes that interest them with the “Sexual Index.”  Flip to the back and find exactly what pages contain your fetish if it’s in the book.  Even if you’re not looking through the index in a horn-dog-ish manner, it’s still good for a laugh with phrases like “making a mini Jackson Pollock (male orgasm): 4, 37, 44, 68…” or “prostitution: throughout.”  This sense of humor is scattered nicely all through the book with witty one-liners and other funny moments from X’s observations and experiences.

1260_originalThe book was written in the 90s but was made into a movie in 2006.  The book is, of course, better (they almost always are if you have a good imagination even with hottie Derek Magyar as the lead actor), but the movie wasn’t bad as far as gay movies go.  I’m not going to sugar coat it: anyone that’s watched enough gay films knows that the good ones are few and far between, and for the most part all you’re hoping for is a good sex scene between the two hottest actors in the movie.  Still, if you enjoy the book, the movie is worth a watch when you can’t sleep in the middle of the night.  It’s not great literature or good filmography, nothing that you’ll want to talk about at pretentious parties.  I wouldn’t give either the movie or the book a five star rating, but Boy Culture doesn’t pretend to be bigger than what it is: honest dirty entertainment.

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