When I was an editor at Folio magazine, we launched a video series touring magazine offices, like New York magazine, Complex and Esquire.
I wanted to do one at High Times — one of the most legendary, infamous workplaces in all of magazine publishing. (One shrouded in mystery and, presumably, smoke.)
For, perhaps, obvious reasons (paranoia?) they declined.
But, via this video interview with Norman Mailer’s son John Buffalo Mailer — who used to work there — we can at least picture it. Somewhat.
"I’ll put it to you this way," he said. "As wild as you think it is, as wild as you imagine it is — it’s even wilder. Like it is a crazy Willy Wonka-land environment to be running a magazine."