Book Review: DTLA Hustler by Charles St Anthony

Of all the ways I’ve found a book this was one of the oddest. The author liked one of my tweets about RuPaul’s Drag Race and followed me, and after checking out his profile I followed back and grabbed this on my soon to be ending Kindle Unlimited deal.

I’ve always liked the idea of the gig economy mainly because it’d be cool to pick and choose when you work, although as a lazy git I’d choose not too most of the time.

Also, I don’t drive. Or cycle. So, that’s a lot of the jobs out. Although here, St. Anthony works for Postmates, which also has walking couriers. Alas, it’s yet to roll out on this side of the pond.

St. Anthony details his time working for the service having recently moved to Downtown LA (DTLA), and how it helped with his weight loss, exercise, finances and discovering great new restaurants to try. It’s an incredibly short read, but offers a sassy and funny look at life in the gig economy.

He also voices his issues with the service and the payment structure, which does seem flawed. And reflects on how this gig economy, which can help people make extra cash (what he dubs “Latte money”), may change and morph in worrying ways.

It’s brief and lightweight, but a diverting short read. A humorous essay more than a book. And St. Anthony confesses that Postmates customers are less entertaining and funny than those he met as an Uber driver. He’s written a book about that too, so I added that to the list.

What helps is his writing is fun, funny and unique.

Verdict: 6/10.

Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.

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