on September 10, 2001
Even if you never plan to use the services of a male hustler/model/masseur/escort, and are just curious like I was, this book is a joy to read, and full of fascinating information. Author Joseph Itiel really knows about hustlers. He describes his dealings with hustlers over a period of 35 years from all over the world. I couldn't put this book down. It's full of information that will make you well-informed about finding a hustler, figuring out how much to pay them, and making sure it's an experience that is safe and pleasurable to both parties. In this way you'll enjoy the experience and be in control of the situation at all times. I was delighted to find that someone has finally written an honest, intelligent, well-researched book about this subject. It's the author's experiences that he relates so honestly in this book that to me made it a real page turner. Some were funny, amusing, and others hard to believe, though true. The authors' goal with this book is to make us well informed about the hustling experience and I think he has succeeded. He even feels meeting with a hustler regularly can be more satisfying and mutually beneficial than having a steady relationship that can become boring. It's great that he decided to share this part of his life with us. Highly recommended! Another great gay studies book from Harrington Park Press.
on April 3, 2001
I loved this book! It is honest and candid and refreshing in its accurate portrayal of the hustler/client relationship. I myself am a sex worker and although the book is written from the client's perspective, I related to so many of Mr. Itiel's experiences. And I must say, from my own experience in the business, that I completely agree with him. Establishing an ongoing relationship with a hustler is both beneficial to the hustler and to the client. My warmest and most meaningful experiences I have had as a sex worker have been with clients that I have established an ongoing relationship with. A friendship and an intimacy develops that I find truly gratifying. So hats off to Mr. Itiel for writing this book - a much needed addition that will help break down old stereotypes about male hustlers and help people realize the benefits and the gains to be had from seeking out long term relationships with those of us in the world's oldest profession!
on November 26, 1999
Mr. Itiel's approach to sex is almost comically business-oriented. Nonetheless, I found his very practical approach reassuring and helpful. Some of the stories are funny, some pathetic.
I'd rank the book above the more popular _Hustlers, Escorts and Porn Stars_ by Matt Adams, although Adam's book gives more actual advice.