THE PERMANENT PLAYBOY by Ray- Ed. Russell

THE PERMANENT PLAYBOY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is a collection of over fifty stories and articles selected from Playboy magazine's first five years. The general tone of this enormously successful magazine for ""urban"" (urbane?) ""young men"" has been an exuberant, unabashed concentration on sex and allied subjects in the name of honesty and sophistication. But along with its ""healthy interest in the fair sex"" the magazine has acquired a reputation for vigorous, often excellent writing in the ""entertainment"" vein. Some authors included: Jack Kerouac, Henry Slesar, Philip Wylie, P.G. Wodehouse, Robert Paul Smith, J.P. Donleavy, Herbert Gold, Ray Bradbury, Ben Hecht, Budd Schulberg, John Steinbeck, Harvey Swados, Jerome Weidman, Nelson Algren, James Jones. Most of the selections are fiction but some provocative non-fiction is included such as John Keat's Eros and Unreason in Detroit, Kerouac's The Origins of the Beat Generation and The Pious Pornographers which is a suspicious little parody on the exploitation of sex in the ladies' magazines. Deep readers of the word in the avant garde mode are warned away in the editor's brief preface.

Pub Date: Nov. 17th, 1959
Publisher: Crown