Four and a half decades ago, Screw magazine announced its arrival by means of a short manifesto. The publication’s purveyors promised to never ink out pubic hair and never apologize.

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This morning, at a hospice in Brooklyn, Al Goldstein, the co-founder and flamboyant publisher of that publication passed away at age 77. His death follows earlier, premature reports last year at this time. From this morning’s New York Times obit:

Mr. Goldstein did not invent the dirty magazine, but he was the first to present it to a wide audience without the slightest pretense of classiness or subtlety. Sex as depicted in Screw was seldom pretty, romantic or even particularly sexy. It was, primarily, a business, with consumers and suppliers like any other.

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