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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Neurotica was an American cultural magazine published by Jay Landesman and edited and written by Gershon Legman from the third issue onwards. In the first issue, of spring 1948, the aims of the magazine were set out:

Neurotica is a literary exposition, defense, and correlation of the problems and personalities that in our culture are defined as "neurotic."
It is said that if you tie a piece of red cloth to a gull’s leg its fellow-gulls will peck it to pieces: and Neurotica wishes to draw an analog to this observation and the plight of today’s creative "anxious" man.
We are interested in exploring the creativeness of this man who has been forced to live underground.

Legman made his debut in Neurotica 3, with "The Psychopathology of the Comics," which examined the aggressive nature of children's comic books.

Aside from Legman, Neurotica featured notable contributions by Allen Ginsberg and Marshall McLuhan and had influence disproportionate to its circulation.

See also


  • The Compleat Neurotica: St. Louis - New York 1948 - 51 (ed., with Jay Irving) Landesman (1963)

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