June 23, 2014

NOW EMPTY:

Felix Dennis obituary (Marsha Rowe, 6/23/14, The Guardian)

Felix Dennis - cackling laugh, roistering humour, ribald in appetite, loyal and immensely generous - has died aged 67 from cancer. One of the richest men in Britain, he made his money in magazine publishing, and was ruthless to the core when it came to pursuing a business opportunity: "I'm an amoral sod," he said.

He was unembarrassed by a decade of excess in the 1980s, during which he spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on drink and crack cocaine, with "14 naked hookers catering to my every whim," he boasted, and "partying like a lunatic". In later years, he wrote poetry and, following the publication of his first collection, A Glass Half Full (2002), undertook reading tours like a rock star, travelling by jet or helicopter to gigs.

Yet he joked that he would be remembered above all as one of the three young editors in the Oz obscenity trial of 1971. Felix credited the counterculture magazine Oz with teaching him how to be an entrepreneur. It was a talent that he developed with spectacular success, establishing one of the world's leading independent media companies, with a current turnover of £100m a year.

We reviewed Glass Half Full many moons ago.
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