Barney Rosset was a publisher, not an author, and struggled for decades to write the story of his brave and wild life. But few over the past 60 years had so profound an impact on the way we read today.
The fiery and publisher Rosset, who introduced the country to countless political and avant-garde writers and risked prison and financial ruin to release such underground classics as "Tropic of Cancer" and "Lady Chatterley's Lover," has died. He was 89.
A lot of what the guy published is far less interesting stuff than it's claimed to be -- in the end, a lot of left-wing, avant garde stuff is frankly a little boring. And while you can safely live your life without ever having to slog through "Lady Chatterley's Lover," it's better to have the choice.