New York City: New York Review of Sex, 1969. Offset on newsprint. Fo. (17 ⅛ x 11 ½ in.). Very good condition, yellowing to edges, horizontal crease, back corner folded over, inside pages clean. Item #5204
The first issue of NYRS&P, published a week after Valentine's Day 1969, with the poem "To the Cincinatti Plaster Casters" by Ed Sanders, and "Our Nude Family of the Week" with photographs by Peter Hujar, and an essay by Gregory Battcock.
NYRS&P was a spin-off publication from the New York Free Press in the late 1960s. Most of the contributors were involved with the pornographic underground publication Screw Magazine before disputes with publisher Al Goldstein led them to break away and start their own paper. NYRS&P was a response to Screw’s bawdiness and sought to make a high-brow sex paper. During NYRS&P’s run, they featured contributions from artists and writers such as Dan Graham, Charles Bukowski, Brigid Polk, Ed Sanders, Pablo Picasso, John Chamberlain, and Tom Wesselmann among others. Brad Holland contributed much of the cover artwork. After legal battles with the New York State Supreme Court, disagreements with distributors who wanted more sex and less politics, and a lot of money lost, NYRS&P folded. Their final issue was titled New York Review of Sex, Politics, & Aerospace, as a final retaliation to pornography distributors.