Hugh Hefner and the Death of Intellerotica

Social Commentary

Hugh Hefner and the Death of Intellerotica

Illustration: Akshita Monga/Arré

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ack in the late 1960s, my young parents (one German, the other Indian) lived in America. They witnessed Woodstock, took a lot of blue-jeaned road trips, hung out with peace-loving beatnik friends and colleagues, and came to love the dynamism of an inclusive, meritocratic nation of immigrants.

They also subscribed religiously to a certain publication called Playboy, a faded stack of which I discovered one night, years later in 1987, shoved to the back of a cabinet in the spare room of our home in India.

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