Intl. Notebook Aug 29 2019
JANE DO'
Have typewriter, will travel.


This shot shows Jane Dolinger, who began public life as a model but later became an acclaimed travel writer during an era when people who made a living that way were exceedingly rare. Her career began when she took a job as secretary to adventurer Ken Krippene, who nurtured her ambition and helped her get a start in the publishing business. She married Krippene, and between 1955 and 1995 traveled the world and wrote about her exploits, from the Amazon to the Sahara, publishing eight books and hundreds of articles. She wrote mainly for men's magazines, so her stories dwelled on nightlife, sex, and prostitutes. But she also managed to risk life and limb gathering facts on Jivaro headshrinkers and Inca gold.

The nude photos of her below were published in the 1960s but were probably shot in the late 1950s. This was common practice with her. A 1971 article she wrote for Bachelor about Ibiza was accompanied by topless photos of her from 1959. It was shameless pandering, of course, but it would be a mistake to assume this was the practice of some benighted, long passed era. Today female pop stars such as Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, and Azealia Banks routinely publish or leak nudes in order to boost sales. New decade, same game.

As pulp people we don't judge. Fame can be a long, hard climb and there are various ways to reach the mountaintop. Dolinger was fine with her nudes, as have been ambitious trailblazers stretching in a line from Hedy Lamarr to Marilyn Monroe to Madonna. The liberated ’70s even saw a few brave males posing nude for publicity, for example Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson. Dolinger's shots were stepping stones to a dream career, literary respect, and a lasting place in the pantheon of daring travelers. She published Gypsies of the Pampa, Behind Harem Walls, The Forbidden World of the Jaguar Princess, and other books, and became the subject of a book herself in 2010 when Larry Abbott published the biography Jane Dolinger: The Adventurous Life of an American Travel Writer. Dolinger died in 1995 at the age of sixty-two, but her legend lives on

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Vintage Pulp Jun 25 2019
A MAN'S OF MANY INTERESTS
Aussie magazine delves into love, sex, war, crime, and more.


We're back to Man's Epic today, a difficult to find Aussie adventure magazine published by K.G. Murray Co., the same group responsible for the amazing Adam magazine. K.G. Murray Co.'s provenance goes all the way back to 1936, when an Aussie advertising worker named Kenneth Gordon Murray launched Man magazine from offices in Sydney, and its mix of adventure, cartoons, and women caught on with readers. Murray expanded and would eventually publish Man Junior, Cavalcade, Gals and Gags, Adam, and numerous other titles. By 1954 the company was churning out eighteen monthly publications.

Man's Epic, which is not related to the U.S. men's magazine of the same name, came in October 1967, and switched to bimonthly in 1971, with the above issue published to span May through June 1973. Unfortunately, Man's Epic died in late 1977 or possibly early 1978, at the same time numerous men's magazines were withering with the changing times. Murray's umbrella company Publishers Holding Ltd. had become targeted in a takeover bid that resulted in K.G. Murray Co. being sold to Australian Consolidated Press, or ACP. After that point Murray's magazines were shuttered one by one by their new owners.

We're fans of Man's Epic, though this is only the second issue we've managed to buy. Inside you get articles about practitioners of warcraft, a story on motorcycle accidents that doesn't spare the carnage, and various models whose identities are new to us. There's also a lengthy feature on shocking sex rites, including a bit on San Simón, aka Maximón, the Mayan trickster deity native to our former beloved home of Guatemala. We once took a long drive from Guatemala across Honduras with an effigy of Maximón in the vehicle, and we learned about his trickster nature firsthand.

That story, by the way, was penned by Jane Dolinger, a trailblazing travel writer who ventured everywhere from the Sahara to the Amazon and wrote eight books, but is perhaps a bit forgotten today. The editors make sure readers know Dolinger is hot by publishing a glamour photo of her, which is a pretty sexist move, though she posed for provocative shots often. Meanwhile her framing of other cultures' sexual practices as abnormal is textbook racism. Abandon all hope ye who enter this magazine!

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History Rewind
The headlines that mattered yesteryear.
October 04
1957—Sputnik Circles Earth
The Soviet Union launches the satellite Sputnik I, which becomes the first artificial object to orbit the Earth. It orbits for two months and provides valuable information about the density of the upper atmosphere. It also panics the United States into a space race that eventually culminates in the U.S. moon landing.
1970—Janis Joplin Overdoses
American blues singer Janis Joplin is found dead on the floor of her motel room in Los Angeles. The cause of death is determined to be an overdose of heroin, possibly combined with the effects of alcohol.
October 03
1908—Pravda Founded
The newspaper Pravda is founded by Leon Trotsky, Adolph Joffe, Matvey Skobelev and other Russian exiles living in Vienna. The name means "truth" and the paper serves as an official organ of the Central Committee of the Communist Party between 1912 and 1991.
1957—Ferlinghetti Wins Obscenity Case
An obscenity trial brought against Lawrence Ferlinghetti, owner of the counterculture City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, reaches its conclusion when Judge Clayton Horn rules that Allen Ginsberg's poetry collection Howl is not obscene.
1995—Simpson Acquitted
After a long trial watched by millions of people worldwide, former football star O.J. Simpson is acquitted of the murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. Simpson subsequently loses a civil suit and is ordered to pay millions in damages.
October 02
1919—Wilson Suffers Stroke
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson suffers a massive stroke, leaving him partially paralyzed. He is confined to bed for weeks, but eventually resumes his duties, though his participation is little more than perfunctory. Wilson remains disabled throughout the remainder of his term in office, and the rest of his life.
1968—Massacre in Mexico
Ten days before the opening of the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, a peaceful student demonstration ends in the Tlatelolco Massacre. 200 to 300 students are gunned down, and to this day there is no consensus about how or why the shooting began.
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