Little Caesar Magazine (Dennis Cooper)

Dennis Cooper started Little Caesar Magazine in 1976 as a literary journal with an anarchist, punk rock spirit. From its humble beginnings as a skinny, low-tech zine dominated by poetry, it grew into a book sized magazine featuring poetry, fiction, portfolios of art and photography, essays, special theme issues, and interviews with a wide range of writers, artists, and pop culture figures (ranging from teen idol Leif Garrett to musicians like Johnny Rotten and Gram Parsons to porn director Toby Ross, to name but a few).” We’re really fond of the spirit in this foreword from the first issue, in which he writes: “Let us introduce ourselves. We’re not fifty year old patrons of the arts. We’re young punks just like you, and just because Kenneth Rexroth’s got a name in some crowds doesn’t mean a wink’s gonna get his rickety old crap in here. He comes through the back door like everyone else.”