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End of the Line

by M.G. Siegler


Hugh Hefner Dies at 91

What I liked about this obit is that it focused on a lot of the work Playboy included beyond the obvious pornographic stuff. For example, as Laura Mansnerus notes:

The magazine was a forum for serious interviews, the subjects including Jimmy Carter (who famously confessed, “I’ve committed adultery in my heart many times”), Bertrand Russell, Jean-Paul Sartre and Malcolm X. In the early days Mr. Hefner published fiction by Ray Bradbury (Playboy bought his “Fahrenheit 451” for $400), Herbert Gold and Budd Schulberg. It later drew, among many others, Vladimir Nabokov, Kurt Vonnegut, Saul Bellow, Bernard Malamud, James Baldwin, John Updike and Joyce Carol Oates.

People quickly forget just how many amazing pieces and authors were published in the magazine over the years...


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