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About the author:
Dominick is a Brooklyn-born Italian. He spent his twenties as the kept boy to an aristocratic British decorator of some renown. In the wake of his Sugar Daddy's alcohol-related death, he was left a modest fortune that fueled his own addiction. In recovery, he embarked on a career as a full-time escort, an effort to redeem his kept boy past. After a busy three years, he retired from escorting to take a management position in real estate, where the art of the sell is supreme. He now writes the ‘Ask Dominick’ posts on for their audience of 30,000 subscribers, offering escorts and clients alike advice drawn from the diary he kept while escorting. He's a frequent presence at the Red Umbrella Diaries, a series of live readings from people who have tangled with the sex industry. Dominick has appeared on Dan Savage's podcast and is a guest contributor to Savage's beloved 'Savage Love' column. His writing appears in the Anthology Prose & Lore, a publication of the Red Umbrella Project. His work is included in the 2013 Soft Skull Press Anthology Johns, Marks, Tricks and Chickenhawks, edited by David Henry Sterry. He lives in Hell's Kitchen and most enjoys long hikes in the city and the wilds, and body surfing in the ocean.

Dominick Reading for Filth

Live Transcripts 2007-9

Authored by Ask Dominick
Illustrated by Scott Hug, Paul Gellman, Carlo Uranus, Damani Moyd, Miguel Libarnes, Alice O'Malley
Edited by Dale Corvino

Dominick Reading for Filth is an illustrated chapbook, a collection of transcripts from staged public readings performed by a former kept boy and escort. The readings took place in New York City beginning in 2007 at the now-defunct Rapture Café. His appearances were part of the weekly series “Dean Johnson’s Reading for Filth: Queer Writers Reading about Sex” with contributors Edmund White, Eileen Myles, Craig Seymour, and Mike Albo. The readings are tales from the life, drawn from the diaries he kept while serving the greater NYC metropolitan area. There's also a reminiscence of Dominick’s kept boy existence with his Sugar Daddy, the late English society decorator Stuart Greet, and a tribute, on the occasion of his untimely death under mysterious circumstances, to downtown legend and queercore rocker Dean Johnson, the founder of the series. The readings are lurid and frank confessions of a sexual outlaw, and trace a heat map of desire through the vast field of longing that is New York City. The cover art is by Gio Black Peter, and other artists contributed works that appear interspersed with the texts: Alice O'Malley, Scott Hug, Carlo Quispe AKA Uranus, Damani Moyd, Brett Lindell, Miguel Libarnes, and Paul Gellman.

Publication Date:
1490467025 / 9781490467023
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Biography & Autobiography / LGBT

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