Hello, hello, hello, all you rock ‘n’ rollers! It’s karaoke at Nico’s in Little Italy tonight. I think I’ll be ready.
I wasn’t even going to publish a new blog post today. I thought I’d hang out at Armand’s a little and then come back to my apartment and assume my favorite position flat on my back on the sofa with two fat pillows under my weary head and sip beer and listen to the radio and read my books from the public library until it was time to get ready for karaoke.
To make a long story short, I became interested in a few topics as I surfed the web this morning and ended up Googling “Lui Magazine.” This is what Wikipedia had to say about “Lui Magazine.”
Lui (French for “Him”) is a French adult entertainment magazine created in November 1963 by Daniel Filipacchi, a fashion photographer turned publisher, Jacques Lanzmann, a jack of all trades turned novelist, and Frank Ténot, a press agent, pataphysician and jazz critic.
The objective was to bring some charm “à la française” to the market of men’s magazines, following the success of Playboy in the USA, launched just a decade before.
France, indeed, in the first half of 20th century had an outstanding reputation for erotic publications, feeding also foreign market and inspiring also ersatz French-flavoured magazines abroad, when, for example, US publishers used French-sounding titles like Chère and Dreamé or placed tricolour flags on the covers, attempting to attract the casual buyer. It was anyway a semi-clandestine circulating material, not allowed to be freely displayed or openly bought. In this sense Playboy changed the way ‘soft-pornography’ (become more respectfully ‘adult entertainment’), can be publicly circulated.
This magazine was particularly successful from its origins to the early eighties, afterwards it began a long decline. It was published regularly till November 1987 (the final issue of this first series was the number 285). After 1987 there was a further attempt to relaunch the title but the publication ceased again in 1994. Passed into the hands of the media group of Michel Birnbaum, after a transient stimulus, it became a pornographic magazine with episodic dissemination. It was published every three months.
I take my job as the editor/publisher of an online girlie magazine very seriously. I want the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette to be unique, an original. Magazines like Playboy and Lui can help to show me the way. I can learn from their successes and from their mistakes.
This is Guy Hogan reporting for Pittsburgh’s only magazine of commentaries, culture, short stories and topless women.
Today in Pittsburgh it will be a sunny day with a high around 55. Now I’m on my way to Armand’s.
Hail to Pitt!