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the column of lasting insignificance: May 31, 2014
by John Wilcock

From Boing-Boing—JOHN WILCOCK: Sneaking Julie Bovasso into McSorley's 'Men's Only' Saloon

A prank played on McSorley's Old Ale House in 1961, when it was legal in New York to ban women from entering a tavern.
By Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall

JW is taking some time away to mend in hospital and looks forward to returning soon.



Bakewell (part 2), its mayor, and its pudding...


National Weed (1974, issue #3)

it's here...
Marijuana—The Weed That Changed the World

Bakewell and Chatsworth 2013 (part 1)


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in the press...

Now on Boing-Boing!
JOHN WILCOCK: Legal Mescaline via Mail-Order and other DRUG MEMORIES of 1961
May 2, 2014

The New York Years - Lenny Bruce The New York Years
Wednesday,
October 27, 2010

A Budget Travel Pioneer on a Time When $5 a Day Was Real (Frugal) Money
nytimes.com: Frugal Traveler

by Seth Kugel
John Wilcock at the New York Times

It was the first handwritten letter I'd received in 5 years. Or maybe 10. Signed by John Wilcock, a man I'd never heard of, and postmarked Ojai, Calif., it was waiting for me when I returned from my São Paulo-to-New York summer trip. Mr. Wilcock wrote that he had been an assistant editor at The Times Travel section back in the 1950s, and had written the first editions of “Mexico on $5 a Day,” “Greece on $5 a Day” and “Japan on $5 a Day” for Arthur Frommer in the 1960s.

By George, I thought. This man was the original Frugal Traveler.

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A Guide to Occult Britain

Forty years ago the second of my three books about magic was published, A Guide to Occult Britain (Sidgwick & Jackson) covering a wide range of sites from Stonehenge to Loch Ness and King Arthur country to the witches of Pendle Hill. It is now available as an eBook on amazon.com.

Manhattan MemoriesManhattan Memories
An Autobiography
by John Wilcock

"A GOOD WAY to describe John Wilcock is to say that he is a talented bohemian counter-culture journalist who once played a major role in the emergence of America’s underground press. Born 1927 in Sheffield, England, he left school aged 16 to work on various newspapers in England, and on Toronto periodicals before moving to New York City. There in 1955 he became one of the five founders of the Village Voice in which he and co-founder Norman Mailer wrote weekly columns. Wilcock called his column “The Village Square”, an intended pun. He and young Mailer were not quite friends, although Wilcock was at times annoyed, but always amused, by Mailer’s monstrous ego."

-From the preface of Manhattan Memories, by Martin Gardner