Chester Brown Is Awesome

Posted: March 7th, 2013 | Filed under: prostitution, You Will Die | 2 Comments »

Chester Brown, Louis Riel

The great graphic novelist, Chester Brown, was kind enough to write a blurb for my book, You Will Die: The Burden of Modern Taboos:

We think we understand our society’s taboos, I certainly thought I did. But reading Robert Arthur’s fascinating, powerful book showed me how little I knew about the subject. You Will Die challenged me in the way that really good books do.

He also gave me a copy of his celebrated biography of the Canadian revolutionary, Louis Riel, with a signed drawing on its title page (pictured above). As the kids used to say back in the 1940s, it blew my wig.

Brown’s latest best-selling graphic novel, Paying For It (2011), details his life as a patron of sex workers. His intimate description of the practice is a welcome rejoinder to the media’s portrayal of all johns as callous misogynists.

Chester Brown, Paying For It

2 Comments on “Chester Brown Is Awesome”

  1. 1 Maggie McNeill said at 8:29 am on March 7th, 2013:

    Oh, I’m so glad the two of you connected! I’ve been wondering if y’all had! :-)

  2. 2 That Was the Week That Was (#311) | The Honest Courtesan said at 12:01 am on May 12th, 2013:

    […] book in the comment thread of this post, he asked me to forward his email address to Chester and the two of them each sent the other a book.  I am both pleased and honored to have facilitated the meeting of two awesome authors whose […]