Happy you-know-what. We have much to look forward to in 1988. Soon, the earth will cease to tremble with the shrill crash of falling Democrats. There are midseason network replacements, bowl games, elections, an entire new year of Playmates. Ah, but before we leap too precipitately ahead, let's take a look back. Remember the Sixties? Just about everyone has an opinion about that stormy blip on the time line that actually ended sometime in the Seventies. To keep the debate afire, we've recruited some celebrated writers for The Sixties: A Reappraisal (illustrated by Peter Max and Marshall Arisman). While screen- and short-story writer Harlan Ellison, who has been called the Lewis Carroll of the 20th Century, hails the era as one of enlightenment, former Ramparts editors Peter Collier and David Horowitz think that it was all a big mistake. They even blame the Sixties for the spread of AIDS. Maybe yes, maybe no; we do know that AIDS is a central fact of the present decade, and this month, in Panic in the Sheets,Michael (The Andromeda Strain) Crichton views the affliction both as a doctor and as a bachelor. He thinks the crisis is twofold—the horrors of the disease are coupled with the problems of a society that has trouble with intimacy.
In recent years, we've often enjoyed going around twice. You know—reruns. Wait long enough and the person or phenomenon reappears, just like the Sixties (or Chuck Berry or The Honeymooners or diner food). Now, in The (Hurrah!) Return of the Miniskirt, one of our favorite authors, Bruce Jay Friedman—who was there the first time—happily salutes America's reclamation of that tiny treasure. Contributing Photographer Amy Freytag and West Coast Photo Editor Marilyn Grabowski provided the, uh, leg-work on the accompanying pictorial. We get another look at a classic in Krazy Kat (illustrated by Everett Peck), an excerpt from Jay Cantor's upcoming book from Knopf. Here you'll really see what pops up when cartoon characters Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse discover sex. Gilding the fiction department this month are famed fantasist Roald Dahl'sThe Surgeon and distinguished master of short fiction Andre Dubus'The Curse (illustrated by Phyllis Bramson). Weighty stuff, though no challenge to our brawny, brainy January Playboy Interview subject, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who reveals his hidden strengths to journalist Joan Goodman.
Now's a good time of year to play catch-up, and here's how. Begin with The Best, our annual roundup of ultimates. For maximum déjà vu, peer into our annual Playmate Review. Read Playboy's College Basketball Preview, by Sports Editor Gary Cole, and you'll learn everything you need to get you through the 1988 season; you'll also meet Shon Morris, the winner of our first Anson Mount Scholar/Athlete Award in basketball, given in honor of our late Sports Editor. If your passion is that other winter obsession, football, Herbert B. Livesey, in Ten-Point Spread, provides a game plan for hosting your own Super Bowl party. Then get a new perspective on the Russians' latest fad—glasnost—from Andrew Tobias'Quarterly Report, Russki Business. By the way, look for Tobias' new book, The Only Other Investment Guide You'll Ever Need (Simon & Schuster), plus a new version of his celebrated MECA software program Managing Your Money, both just out. Meanwhile, cartoonist Rowland B. Wilson makes money funny in A Night at the Cash Machine. For 20 Questions,Dick Lochte talked with L.A. Law's peroxided prosecutor, Susan Dey. Max Headroom, another hot TV property, gets into leather in the person of his alter ego, Matt Frewer, in Max to the Max, by Fashion Editor Hollis Wayne. And we couldn't leave 1987 behind without a fond look at the PTL's Jim Bakker through the eyes of our very own Little Annie Fanny.
Our February 1983 cover girl, Kim Basinger, has moved on to startling success in films. Obviously, it's time to take another look at this screen dream, so we've done so in this month's steamy pictorial Kim. And allow us to introduce another Kim—our 1988 lead-off Playmate, Kimberley Conrad. From the looks of things, we're anticipating a pretty exciting new year. We're happy that you're along for the ride.
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