Esquire: The Magazine for Men, Vol. LXX No. 2 Whole No. 417 (August 1968). Harold Hayes, Joey Bishop, Saul Braun, William S. Burroughs, Johnny Carson, Robert Christgau, Alex Gnidziejko, Merv Griffin, Martin Luther King Jr., Terry O'Neil, Raquel Welch, Gary Wills, Walter Winchell, MIchael Zwerin.
Esquire: The Magazine for Men, Vol. LXX No. 2 Whole No. 417 (August 1968)

Esquire: The Magazine for Men, Vol. LXX No. 2 Whole No. 417 (August 1968)

New York, NY: Arnold Gingrich, 1968. First Printing. Glued Wrappers. This vintage number of the venerable men's magazine chiefly edited by Harold Hayes features the story "Wind Die. You Die. We Die." by William S. Burroughs, Founder's Founder of the Beat Generation & beyond, as well as the Patron Saint (or Great Demon King as his friend John Giorno would put it) of our enterprise. Preceded with an illustration by Alex Gnidziejko & sub-titled "Perhaps it's about you, sitting there, reading this magazine....," this is an exemplary post-cut-up, (relatively) linear & lucid little masterpiece of sinister satire & societal commentary (pgs. 56-57, 120, 122). Shoaf, Section III, No. 122, pg. 136; Schottlaender, C180, pg. 47. This appearance of the story is not in Maynard & Miles, which includes a near-concurrent publication of the story in the British men's magazine Mayfair as the 13th number in WSB's "Burroughs Academy Bulletin" series (C211, pg. 157) & a later inclusion in the underground compilation "Mayfair Academy Series More Or Less" (A25, pg. 87). Also in this issue are hard-boiled proto-Gonzo articles by the great journalists Saul Braun (on popular television hosts Joey Bishop, Johnny Carson & Merv Griffin), Robert Christgau (on the U.S. Military), Gary Wills (on the continuing legacy of the recently assassinated Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.), Michael Zwerin (on the decline of the legendary radio gossip Walter Winchell) & others; a color photo-essay on the big-haired bombshell Raquel Welch by Terry O'Neil; & much more. With many other illustrations & images; exemplary ads for cars, clothing, cigarettes, liquor, toiletries & other products for aspiringly suave male readers to purchase in order to stay current, attract pre-feminist women etc. Large-format magazine in wrappers. From the collection of Brian Schottlaender, author of "Anything But Routine," the most complete & up-to-date WSB bibliography now in its fourth ever-expanding online edition. We always consult our good friend Brian's ABR for all our WSB-related rarities, as above. A rare & significant WSB collectible with distinguished provenance; a record of popular culture during the most turbulent year of the legendary 1960s decade as it was unfolding. In relatively good condition with moderate rubbing, browning, light scratching, creasing, & occasional light spotting, staining to front, back covers & spine; mild wear & some tiny bumps, creases at thin edges & corners of same; slight loss of paper at upper & lower spine-edges & corners; small closed tear near middle of spine; moderate rubbing, browning & light staining to edges of text block. Interior good with light browning mostly to blank margins of page leaves; small-to-medium areas of light (water?) staining at/ near lower corners of some of same with attendant light wave-wrinkles (not significantly effecting any images or text); small-to-tiny bumps, creases to corners of some of same. Good. [Item #4620]

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