Gerard Malanga has a cock


Among Gregory Battcock’s papers kept in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art — a page from issue nine of Kiss, a ‘newsprint “sex weekly” distributed from 105 Second Ave., NY, 10003’. The caption reads:

Some truths are self-evident, but the fact of Gerard Malanga’s cock, noticeably absent from the photograph, is one of those truths we must hide from you, dear Readers, because the facts of life are considered ‘OBSCENE’ by the local big honchos and other politicians busily scampering for office come this November. For the record then, yes: Gerard Malanga has a cock, a fact undisputed by some of the most beautiful people in New York.