Playboy, Braille Edition
Playboy Enterprises, Inc.
New York, New York, 2007
94, 9 x 114 x 3,2 cm
plate: 16,6 x 11,4 cm
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), a
division of the U.S. Library of Congress, provides a free national library program
of Braille and recorded materials for blind and physically handicapped persons.
Magazines included in the NLS's programs are selected on the basis of demonstrated
reader interest. This includes the publishing and distribution of a Braille
edition of Playboy.
Approximately 10 million American adults read Playboy every month, with 3 million
obtaining it through paid circulation. It has included articles by writers such as Norman
Mailer, Vladimir Nabokov, Philip Roth, Joyce Carol Oates, and Kurt Vonnegut
and conducted interviews with Salvador Dali, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Malcolm X.
In 1985, opposition to federal funding for Playboy in Braille led Congress to withhold
the $103,000 it cost to produce the NLS editions. Playboy in Braille was the only magazine
targeted for elimination. Representative Vic Fazio of California, the American
Council of the Blind, the Blinded Veterans Association, the American Library
Association, and subscribers to NLS's Playboy in Braille filed a lawsuit in the Federal
District Court, claiming that their First Amendment rights had been violated. The
next year Federal District Judge Thomas F. Hogan ruled in their favor. The NLS
publication and free distribution of Playboy in Braille continues, funded
Inv. Nr. 2007/66
MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main
Acquired with funding from the Grunelius-Stiftung, Frankfurt am Main
© Taryn Simon
Photo: Axel Schneider