Wednesday, July 12, 2006

letter the times didn't publish

Ralph Ginzburg, the publisher who died recently, did more than just help inaugurate the sexual revolution in this country with his visually splendid Eros magazine. Another of his magazines, Fact, where I worked for a while, was vigorously opposed to the Vietnam war, running articles by (among others) Arnold Toynbee and Benjamin Spock on the subject. In the 1960s, the magazine also called for the extension of Medicare, in an article written by a diabetic, Robert Reisner, who died soon after; and called for the legalization of abortion, in an article written by an anonymous middle-class New York housewife who had undergone one. Another notable article featured letters from famous people about slanted and negative articles about them that had appeared in Time magazine -- including Bertrand Russell, P.G. Wodehouse, Rockwell Kent, Igor Stravinsky, and Mary McCarthy, with an introduction by a former Time publisher, Ralph Ingersoll. Fact was also among the first magazines to publish an article about the revival of the Ku Klux Klan – back in the 1960s. Ginzburg’s powerful, passionate journalism has long been missed.

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