The Callow Youth and Spicy Detective Magazine

The Best of S.J. Perelman including, “Somewhere a Roscoe…,” Perelman’s paeon to Spicy Detective Magazine‘s Dan Turner, is online at the Internet Archive. Perelman proclaims his love in the pages of The New Yorker: “Yes, I know— call it a school-boy crush, puppy love, the senseless infatuation of a callow youth for a middle-aged, worldly-wise publishing house; I still don’t care. I love them because they are the publishers of not only Spicy Detective but also Spicy Western, Spicy Mystery and Spicy Adventure. And I love them most because their prose is so soft and warm.”

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