Magazines: Rear-Garde

Publisher Ralph Ginzburg blazed such paths of prurience in advertising his magazine Eros that he was haled into court on obscenity charges and given a five-year sentence that was later upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. Still free pending a hearing for a reduced sentence, Ginzburg is anything but penitent. For months he has been expensively promoting a new magazine, Avant-Garde, which promises to emulate if not outdo Eros. One page of a recent ad shows a girl, eyes shut, mouth open, in ecstasy. On the opposite page is prose to match, describing the magazine's contents: "An orgasm of...

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