Re: RARA-AVIS: Pimp and Trick Baby

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 04 Aug 2003


I was probably not the only one, but I suggested you check out one of Iceberg Slim's other books. For instance, Long White Con is clearly plotted as a novel, even if it does have a very suspect (and amusing) intro implying it's a true story told during a visit to Iceberg Slim by his old friend, the black con man "White Folks." His earlier appearance, Trick Baby, is somewhere in between. Much like Pimp, it's structured like a chronological, as-told-to Iceberg (while they were both in a holding cell) biography or a Victorian novel, take your pick, including the last minute sorta redemption. And since they deal with the world of con jobs instead of pimping, it does not have nearly as much of the misogyny I found so offputting about Pimp.

If you want to read a great Pimp novel, you might want to try Howard Street by Nathan Heard.


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