In 1999, in the pages of the Village Voice, pornographer Al Goldstein had a tender moment, reminiscing about founding Screw magazine back in 1968.
Image via Danny Hellman's Pinterest, another longtime Screw illustrator. A November 1978 issue of Screw, with art by Spain Rodriguez.
"I was a walking hard-on," he said. "I believe my hard-on is the greatest gift to the world."
It was that kind of delicate sentiment that made both Goldstein and Screw famous: a view of sex that was coarse, in-your-face, and unapologetically scuzzy, although exuberant in its own way. Celebratory, almost.
After a lifetime in the sex business, both in the shadows and in the spotlight, Goldstein died on Thursday, at the age of 77, in a nursing home in Cobble Hill. His lawyer, Charles DeStefano, told the New York Times that the cause was believed to be renal failure.More »