Magazines: Two Definitions of Obscenity

Permissiveness in publishing has come a long way. Today almost every corner newsstand offers as titillating a peep show as the old burlesque houses ever managed—and nobody is there to ring down the curtain. Dozens of "girlie" magazines wink at the casual browser; even at the local bookseller's, the shelves are loaded with books that once had to be bought under the counter in Paris and smuggled past customs.

But elastic as the limits may be, there are still limits. Last week two publishers accused of violating them were in trouble with the...

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