The Happy Hustlers
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While I hope many callboys are happy I had no idea there’d been two different happy hustlers in book form.
When Grant Tracy Saxon’s* memoir came out I was helping produce an early Atlanta gay newspaper, The Atlanta Barb. On the side I was a renting young men as the owner of Youngman, Incorporated.
A youth who’d read the book was so taken that he wished to emulate the author. He called me hoping for a job. I had to tell him that he didn’t meet our minimum age requirement but did agree to let him drop by and talk to him about the sex trade. A very handsome lad, he’d have been easily vendible. But I had to be firm about our policy. Not that I was so ungracious as to accept the free sample he forcibly offered. It was my first experience with frotting which proved more satisfactory than I’d anticipated.
I’ve never seen a copy of this Happy Hustler, a novel but possible as truthful as the autobiography. This is at least the third old gay paperback I’ve seen lately using the door-to-door salesman motif. Sadly I only get Jehovah’s Witnesses at my door (though I did once enjoy chasing some away by greeting them in the nude).
* There was a sequel: Making Love: The Happy Hustler’s Intimate Way to Bisensual Lovemaking.