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Briefly Noted—The New Yorker
"Briefly Noted." The New Yorker (February 22, 1999): 172.

A Secret Location on the Lower East Side, by Steven Clay and Rodney Phillips (New York Public Library/ Granary Books). Between the end of the Second World War and the advent of desk-top publishing, the American literary underground had its own "little magazines": small-circulation journals published on mimeograph or ditto machines. In loving detail, Clay and Phillips recount the history of nearly a hundred such publications, ranging from Lawrence Ferlinghetti's City Lights Journal to Ed Sanders's Fuck You/ a magazine of the arts. Their overview of the "mimeo revolution" summons up an era when the forging of literary communities demanded more commitment than posting a page on the Internet.

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