Sex, by Mike Gold

Mike Gold

ComicMix's award-winning and spectacularly shy editor-in-chief Mike Gold also performs the weekly two-hour Weird Sounds Inside The Gold Mind ass-kicking rock, blues and blather radio show on The Point, and on iNetRadio, (search: Hit Oldies) every Sunday at 7:00 PM Eastern, rebroadcast three times during the week – check above for times and on-demand streaming information.

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13 Responses

  1. Matt Mako says:

    Isn't it What a good WIFE she could be?Another song stuck in my head.Sigh –

    • Matt Mako says:

      OK – Not sure how I did this, but I have somehow dropped a comment to John Ostrander's column in the wrong place.This article reminds me of standing in a book store in the local mall at the magazine rack at age 13 or 14. I was thumbing through a magazine reading an article, and I was chastised for being under age 'reading' Playboy – I was reading the articles, — I had scoffed at that excuse 'I get playboy for the articles' like everyone else. I didn't say anything, because I was sure i would not be believed.

    • Glenn Hauman says:

      Hey, that's my wife you're talking about, me bucko.

      • Matt Mako says:

        Well yes – and I am amazed anyone can follow that.So singing about Brandy has no link in my head to "Sex, by Mike Gold"Now let me shut up before I bury myself any further.

  2. Vinnie Bartilucci says:

    It's a running joke, but you really can enjoy Playboy for the articles. Many maintain it was Jimmy Carter's Playboy interview (where he admitted to having lusted in his heart) that humanized him enough to get the presidency. There was a poem by Shel Silverstein called "The Winner" that stays with me today – I don't believe it's ever been reprinted, like much of his Playboy work (someone correct me, please!)There were plenty of men's magazines when Playboy premiered; Hef just added an air of sophistication to his. Ironically, when magazines like Maxim came out, they were whimsically described as "all the great articles from Playboy without the pictures". Well, when sales were tepid, they added those cheesecake shots BUT quick. It's the precise combination of the two that made Playboy the cultural phenomenon it was. Like the alleged secret equation Jim Henson had for placing the Muppets' eyes the exact angle and distance from the nose to make them adorable, there's a lost-chord-like synergy to the contents of Playboy. Penthouse, still primarily a sex magazine, Hustler, don't get me started…Playboy, Just the essence of cool.

    • Matt Mako says:

      I don't know about that particular Shel Silverstein poem, but I have a compilation of his more adult stuff that I picked up a few years ago. I wonder where I put that?I had it at my desk at work, and I was surprised at how many comments I got, and how many people only knew Shel as a children's author.My collection of Playboy from the 60's and 70's was fueled in large part by things from Shel Silverstein. Then again there was always something fun about looking at cutting edge electronics like the original Atari with all 16 games in the ad, or Select-a-vision explaining what a VCR is with the huge clunky top loading tapea, and the wired remote control.

      • Vinnie Bartilucci says:

        One google later, it appears he did a reading of it on one of his albums, but it's not been reprinted anywhere.A guy at a bar hears about a really tough guy who's never lost a fight. Filled with liquid courage, he challenges the guy to a brawl. The guy replies by chronicling all the injuries he's taken over the years just to be "a winner". He then concedes the fight to the drunk kid, and everybody laughs the kid away. The guy decides he's got two legs that work, and he can breathe without coughing, so he's "a winner". Great poem. Right up there with a copy of Uncle Shelby's Zoo as Shel stuff I'd love to own. "Go over and play with the Gumplegutch, Tommy; there's nothing at ALL to fear! …I'll wait for you here."

      • Matt Mako says:

        OK I lied — I found 'Different Dances' and it is cartoons, not the poems or other writings.But that is why I used to collect the magazines because they were so hard to find anywhere else.That said shel Silverstein's web site is great, even if it is kid centric –

  3. Martha Thomases says:

    Playboy has it's own weird Puritanism. When they ran excerpts from Norman Mailer's ANCIENT EVENINGS, they edited out the more graphic female sexuality.

  4. Rick Oliver says:

    Okay, okay, I confess! I bought Playboy for the cartoons. Playboy introduced me to the wonderfully macabre world of Gahan Wilson, and I was huge fan of Kurtzman and Elder's Little Annie Fanny.

  5. Mike Gold says:

    I used to know one of the Party Jokes editors. Entry-level position; his job was to open all the mail and decide which jokes were usable. This was just about the worst job in the world, ever. Think about it: if you've ever read the jokes that were deemed the best of the bunch and for every joke published they received (in those days, at least) several thousand that were worse. I'd hang myself by the end of the first week.

  6. Marilee J. Layman says:

    Okay, I have an anthology of Playboy SF. I did, however, volunteer for OMNI, one of Penthouse's sister mags.