Your Unauthorized Guide to the Golden Age of National Lampoon Magazine

Tony Hendra’s NatLamp History Report

May 24, 2002

Former NatLamp editor Tony Hendra has written a brief history of National Lampoon magazine which appears in the June 2002 issue of Harper’s. For those who have read his 1987 book Going Too Far, it covers a lot of familiar territory, focusing on the first five years of the magazine. It’s quite a bit shorter than the account in the book, but there are some new anectdotes and his take on the magazine (and P. J. O’Rourke in particular) has shifted somewhat in the intervening 15 years. Required reading for the serious NatLamp scholar.


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