Notes to a Note on the Notes of Chester Brown


3. Another slip of the mask comes in Appendix 16 of Paying For It, where Brown attacks the regulated nature of legalized prostitution in Nevada. Having read that Nevada sex-workers had to sleep in their brothel during the periods when they were working, and thus were unable to go home and see their children during this time, he writes about his long-term significant-prostitute “Denise”: “I don’t want to reveal whether or not ‘Denise’ has kids, but IF she does, she would have been able to live with them during the years she worked as a prostitute.” This extreme, even nonsensical guardedness (why even bring up “Denise” as an example?) somehow reveals more than he intends. It’s as if he can’t help himself from mentioning the woman who has captured his heart—an expression he would surely despise. Isn’t this what people in love do?