Sex = guaranteed blockbuster in 1969. Crazy, huh?

In case you missed it at Arts Journal, Seattle Weekly revisits Naked Came the Stranger, a book penned by Newsday staffers encouraged by a colleague to respond to the appalling best sellers of Jacqueline Susann and others by writing a guaranteed blockbuster. “’There will be an unremitting emphasis on sex,’ he warned. ‘Also, true excellence in writing will be quickly blue-penciled into oblivion.'”

In 1998, some South Florida writers, including Carl Hiassen and Dave Barry, gave a nod to the blockbuster with the title of their collaborative book, Naked Came the Manatee.


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