TIL that acclaimed children’s book author Shel Silverstein wrote “A Boy Named Sue,” made popular by Johnny Cash when he sang live for the San Quentin State Prison in 1969.

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  1. He wrote for others as well. I think he wrote a whole Bobby Bare album. There’s a great song called The Winner they did together.

  2. There are also 2 sequels in which “sue” is basically his dad’s new wife and he made up the story from the first song.

    Shel was… Weird.

  3. Further, Silverstein was a regular contributor and cartoonist for *Playboy* Magazine for over forty years starting in 1956. Also from Chicago, Silverstein and Hefner hit it off from their onset and Playboy would go on to sponsor Shel around the world and create an illustrated travel journal.

  4. Only Silverstein could write a snuff poem wherein a child is lamenting being slowly consumed by a giant snake, yet never come under fire for including said poem in a book that was (and still is) intended for young children.

    And let’s not even get into the one that promotes the myth of a carnivorous parasite living inside a child’s nose.

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