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Cover of Evergreen Review, no. 56 (July 1968). Still from Vilgot Sjöman’s I Am Curious (Yellow), 1967.

From the Third Eye: The Evergreen Review Film Reader, edited by Ed Halter and Barney Rosset. New York: Seven Stories Press, 2018. 336 pages.

“ANYTHING PUBLISHED by Grove Press was a must,” John Waters recalled of his high-school reading (and perhaps shoplifting) habits in his 1981 memoir, Shock Value. In that belief, Waters was not alone. Back in the early 1960s, Barney Rosset’s publishing house was an avant-pop name brand, like Stan Lee’s Marvel Comics.

As the signifier of hip modernism, Grove Press published Beckett, Burroughs, and Genet, as well as Henry Miller and the Marquis de Sade. Grove also had a house organ, Evergreen Review, which, founded by Rosset, began as the quintessential existentialist-beatnik literary quarterly, steeped in theater of the absurd and the New Novel, with cover art by Robert Frank, Larry Rivers, and Diane Arbus. In the mid-’60s, Evergreen doubled down

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