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    J.P. Tamang

    J.P. Tamang hustled out of Portland, Northampton, and the Twin Cities from 2004 – 2012. He is currently a scholar and HIV activist in Minneapolis, MN.

    Hard Times Call for Mean Girls

    For its unapologetic examination of trauma, witty takes on the beloved idols of pop, and contributions to the genre of memoir, Myriam Gurba’s autobiographical novel Mean is a must-read, writes J.P. Tamang.

    No Rest for the Wicked

    “If he’s from the USA, then why is he wearing a kurta shalwar?” A duplicitous anthropologist enters a monastery...

    “A Punch in the Face” On Brontez Purnell’s Since I Laid My Burden Down

    A Punch in the Face Brontez Purnell’s novel Since I Laid My Burden Down is a tale of homecoming and mourning that complicates stereotypes of the African American bildungsroman.

    The Filching Troll of Deinal Park

    Sometimes a john will stiff you. Do you let them get away with it?

    Iron Range

    Not every small town redneck is a violent homophobe. In fact, some are quite the opposite.

    On the Oral Tradition

    “I couldn’t understand why anyone would want to put a dick in their mouth. Unless it ... felt good?” J.P. Tamang reflects on how his time in the monastery demystified the elusive nature of oral sex.

    The Seducer’s Diary

    I realized the cop didn’t worry me. I believed that I was going to make it to New York, even if I got thrown in jail for a night. It would only be a minor delay on the way to Larson, the boy I could not stop thinking about.

    Death Wish

    I never thought of my piano teacher as a trick. When he discovered I was a hustler through an online escort agency, he told me to do something dignified and I told him to die. Years later, he did.

    Learning the Hard Way

    I wasn’t sure what I had agreed to, but I would have followed Krish almost anywhere. He taught me that when a client leaves their cash in their car they probably don’t have any and that it’s more dangerous to steal from other hookers than it is to steal from johns. He taught me that intuition wasn’t something with which you were born, or could even develop, but that it was a symptom of getting yourself into stupid situations.

    On Polydrama 

    With many lovers, it gets complicated. But perhaps that’s the only way to love.

    An Honest Dollar: On Kleptomania

    At first, stealing from johns was a perk of the underworld cash economy. If I felt as though they hadn’t paid me enough I could swipe something extra. No need for collections agencies. I never called it stealing. It was “remedial compensation”.

    The Man with a Plan

    Every john is looking to put something to rest, but good tricks keep them coming back. The story of meeting Dan, my highest paying return customer.

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