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Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

On Selling Advertising

Advertising, hmmm. Never thought I’d be an advertising salesman, but it comes with the territory. When COSMEP South — the newsletter of the Committee of Small Magazine Editors and Publishers — asked for my thoughts on advertising, I pulled this out of my bottom drawer.

By Sy Safransky December 1976
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

The Medium Is The Mind

“Communication” is a big deal. It is one of the main buzzwords of our time, and has been ever since our intellectuals stumbled over such compelling cultural data as the number of years a child spends in front of a television and the billions of trees that yearly become pages of one sort or another.

By David Searls November 1976
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

The New Age Revisited: Whatever Happened To Future Shock?

The cultural changes that threaten us are of our own making, and the future we suffer or enjoy will grow, writhing with change, out of the present.

By David Searls October 1976
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Break! Break! CB And The — Mercy Sakes Alive! — Communications Revolution

Citizen’s Band radio is the biggest thing to hit the market since television. It is also the biggest revolution in communications since the telephone. There are two main facets to this phenomenon — fad and function.

By David Searls September 1976
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

One American Writer: Journeyman Into Silence

Certainly it’s difficult to survive as a writer in America, but it may be more difficult to sustain oneself once having been published than it was in one’s first, frustrated, unpublished silence.

By Christopher Brookhouse July 1976
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

American Pie

So it is that every fourth year we are treated to a seemingly new series of causes and slogans that are destined to end up being a further boost to special interests and privileged classes to which none of us belong.

By William Gaither July 1976