Today, traditional journalism faces challenges ranging from Gawker to “The Daily Show.” Five decades ago, however, the alternatives to conventional reporting came from other print outlets, often in the form of underground newspapers.
Among those was the East Village Other, the East Village’s underground newspaper, which published in the 1960s and early 1970s and contained the writings of P.J. O’Rourke, Ishmael Reed, Suze Rotolo, and Claudia Dreifus, as well as the illustrated works of Robert Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Kim Deitch, Trina Robbins, and Spain Rodriguez, among many others.
In celebration of the publication, the Local East Village, a New York Times community web site run in collaboration with New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, is running essays by East Village Other (EVO) writers and editors as well as those in their sphere, recalling the days—and nights—at the paper as well as life in the East Village during its run. Contributors include: Ishmael Reed, Dan Rattiner, Claudia Dreifus, Ed Sanders, and Coca Crystal, among others. They may be read here.
The essays appear in conjunction with the forthcoming “BLOWING MINDS: The East Village Other, the Rise of Underground Comix, and the Alternative Press, 1965-1972,” an exhibition highlighting the newspaper. The exhibition includes original copies of the East Village Other, enlarged covers of the newspaper’s seminal issues, and artifacts from its 2nd Avenue office. It runs from Feb. 29 through March 16 at the Carter Journalism Institute, 20 Cooper Square, 6th Floor (between 5th and 6th Streets). Viewing hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 212.998.8044. Subways: 6 (Astor Place); N, R (8th Street).
More information on the exhibition and on a Feb. 28 panel discussion featuring EVO writers and editors is available at: http://EastVillageOther.org.
Along with the Local East Village, the exhibition sponsors are NYU’s Fales Library and Special Collections, and NYU’s Program in Museum Studies, with support from the New York Council for the Humanities, the NYU Humanities Initiative, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and Alan Abramson.