Barry Golson

Barry Golson is an American editor and author. He was executive editor of Playboy magazine for twelve years, and of TV Guide for five.

Barry Golson
OccupationAuthor, editor
Alma materYale University[1]
(Class of 1966)
GenreLifestyle, Popular culture, Travel writing


Golson was executive editor of Playboy magazine from 1977 to 1989.[2] During that time he edited The Playboy Interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono[3] and The Playboy Interview,[4] both originally published in 1981,[5] as well as The Playboy Interview Volume II, published in 1983, featuring interviews from the magazine's first two decades.[6][7] Golson also served as editor-in-chief for World Press Review,[8] executive editor for TV Guide,[9] editor-in-chief of TV Guide Online (an electronic version of the magazine's television listings),[2] and editor of Yahoo! Internet Life.[10][11] He has written for publications including The New York Times,[12] Los Angeles Times[13] and Salon.[14]

In 2006 he authored Gringos in Paradise[15] and two years later Retirement Without Borders,[16] both detailing his life as an expatriate.[17][18]

Published works

  • The Playboy Interview (1981) - as editor
  • The Playboy Interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono (1981) - as editor
  • The Playboy Interview Volume II (1983) - as editor
  • Gringos in Paradise (2006)
  • Retirement Without Borders (2008)


  1. ^ Class of 1967. (1966). Yale University - Banner and Pot Pourri Yearbook. New Haven, CT: Produced under the auspices of the 1966 Class Council in cooperation with Yale Banner Publications. p. 63. OCLC 17100540.
  2. ^ a b Deirdre Carmody, "TV Guide Taps Editor to Lead On-Line Unit," New York Times, June 28, 1995.
  3. ^ Sheff, David; Lennon, John; Ono, Yoko; Golson, G. Barry (1983). The Playboy interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Berkley Books. ISBN 0425059898. OCLC 474949545.
  4. ^ Golson, G. Barry (1981). The Playboy interview. Wideview Books. ISBN 0872236447. OCLC 804320637.
  5. ^ Sheff, David; Golson, G. Barry (2001). Last interview: all we are saying - John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Pan. ISBN 0330482580. OCLC 47677069.
  6. ^ Ulin, David L. (6 September 2012). "Revisiting classic Playboy interviews with e-books". Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ Lavin, Cheryl (14 August 1983). "Q&A". Chicago Tribune.
  8. ^ Werts, Diane (14 Apr 1993). "Pages of 'TV Guide' contain the history and heart of television". The Arizona Republic. p. E4.
  9. ^ William Grimes, "Behind The No. 2 Feature In Playboy," New York Times, September 23, 1992.
  10. ^ Carol Krol, "'Yahoo! Internet Life' Finds Real Success In Virtual World," Advertising Age, March 8, 1999.
  11. ^ Kelly, Keith J. (3 July 2002). "Troubled Ziff Ends Life of Troubled Magazine". New York Post.
  12. ^ Barry Golson, "The Techno-Terror of 1897," New York Times, April 8, 1997.
  13. ^ Barry Golson, "Clinton and Carter, A Tale of Hope and Lust," Los Angeles Times, November 20, 1992.
  14. ^ Barry Golson, "21st," Salon, June 22, 1997.
  15. ^ Golson, Barry (2008). Gringos in paradise: an American couple builds their retirement dream house in a seaside village in Mexico. Scribner. ISBN 0743276361. OCLC 276998058.
  16. ^ Golson, Barry; Golson, Thia (2008). Retirement Without Borders (1st ed.). New York: Scribner. ISBN 0743297016. OCLC 781912346.
  17. ^ "The Best In...". Wall Street Journal. 18 April 2009.
  18. ^ "Guide to Essential Books on Expat Life: From How-Tos and Memoirs to Fiction". The Wall Street Journal. 21 May 2015.
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Playboy is an American men's lifestyle and entertainment magazine. It was founded in Chicago in 1953, by Hugh Hefner and his associates, and funded in part by a $1,000 loan from Hefner's mother. Notable for its centerfolds of nude and semi-nude models (Playmates), Playboy played an important role in the sexual revolution and remains one of the world's best-known brands, having grown into Playboy Enterprises, Inc. (PEI), with a presence in nearly every medium. In addition to the flagship magazine in the United States, special nation-specific versions of Playboy are published worldwide.

The magazine has a long history of publishing short stories by novelists such as Arthur C. Clarke, Ian Fleming, Vladimir Nabokov, Saul Bellow, Chuck Palahniuk, P. G. Wodehouse, Roald Dahl, Haruki Murakami, and Margaret Atwood. With a regular display of full-page color cartoons, it became a showcase for notable cartoonists, including Harvey Kurtzman, Jack Cole, Eldon Dedini, Jules Feiffer, Shel Silverstein, Erich Sokol, Roy Raymonde, Gahan Wilson, and Rowland B. Wilson. Playboy features monthly interviews of notable public figures, such as artists, architects, economists, composers, conductors, film directors, journalists, novelists, playwrights, religious figures, politicians, athletes, and race car drivers. The magazine generally reflects a liberal editorial stance, although it often interviews conservative celebrities.

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Yahoo! Internet Life

Yahoo! Internet Life was a monthly magazine published by Ziff Davis, which licensed the name from Yahoo!, the well-known web portal and search engine website. It was created and launched by G. Barry Golson, the former executive editor of Playboy and TV Guide. It dealt with the emerging Internet and computer culture of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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