Super Lawyers
William C. Altreuter

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hugh Hefner paid his writers well. A lot them wouldn't have been able to get by, but when they needed some money they could whump up a short story, or do some reportage-- usually on Playboy's expense account-- and then cash a nice check. That's important. I'm not so sure that the mid 20th century writers he published sent Playboy their best work, but I certainly read some pretty good stuff in it.

Culturally we have probably/mostly outgrown the Playboy Philosophy, and Hef himself turned into a lascivious cartoon, but on balance it seems to me that American attitudes about sex have evolved a great deal in the last half century, and Playboy had a lot to do with that.

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