At first Glance Matt Drudge seems like Lee Harvey Oswald in Don DeLillo's Libra. Poor speller, bad grammarian, idealist, right wing tool, wannabe pamphleteer--a loner who could bring down the president. Of course, Drudge is no frustrated psychopath. His Internet digest, the Drudge Report, is read by millions and has broken major aspects of the Monica Lewinsky scandal. In an inflammatory Playboy Interview by Contributing Editor David Sheff, Drudge pisses on Time, Carl Bernstein and reporters in TV pancake. When Drudge is done you realize that he can't be as stupid as he says be is. He wants answers while everyone else wants nonpenetrating insights. That's because, according to novelist Emily Prager, we're living in the Blow Job Decade. In her biting essay Blow Job Nation (obelisk d'arte by Noah Woods), she identifies oral sex as a botched emblem of our need for a quick fix. On the downside, the O.J. Simpson trial was a bad blow job; on the upside there are presidential interns who inhale.
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Growing up in suburban New Jersey is the subject of Whatever (Sony Classics), director Susan Skoog's perceptive first feature about a high school girl on the brink of adulthood. Liza Weil is perfect as Anna, who is rejected in her hopes to study art at New York's Cooper Union after graduation. She suffocates in Jersey with her lonely single mom and a sexually adventurous friend named Brenda (Chad Morgan). Urged by Brenda to live it up, she bicycles over to a local artist's pad for her sexual initiation, then treks into Manhattan with Brenda to pick up a stranger who asks her for a blow job (she throws up). For all its dry, raunchy humor on a fairly familiar theme, Whatever is a remarkably sensitive and knowledgeable depiction of the painful transition from adolescence to maturity. [rating]3 bunnies[/rating]
Portraying wives in crises seems to be the specialty of Joan Allen, 41. She was an Oscar nominee (for best actress) in two consecutive years--first for Nixon (as First Lady Pat), then for The Crucible (as Daniel Day-Lewis' wife on trial for witchcraft). Last year she was Kevin Kline's betrayed mate in The Ice Storm and done wrong again in Face-Off. This fall she'll enjoy a change of pace in a comedy called Pleasantville, co-starring Jeff Daniels and William H. Macy: "I'm the ideal Fifties mom in a sort of TV fantasy."
The time of year you travel can determine the success of your trip. For example, you don't want to visit Paris in August, when Parisians leave town on vacation and most of the good restaurants are closed. September is the loveliest month for the City of Light. In fact, autumn and spring are the best travel times almost everywhere--with a few exceptions. September and October constitute the height of the hurricane season in the Caribbean. Bangkok's temperature often tops 100 degrees March through May. Tokyo should be avoided during Golden Week (the last weekend of April through the first weekend of May), when it's almost impossible to book transportation or a hotel room. Easter shuts down some cities, among them Amsterdam, which is then jammed April 30 and May 1 for the national Queen's Day celebration. During the dog days of summer, southern European cities swelter. Madrid's mom-and-pop restaurants either close or stop serving hearty specialties. Austria isn't as hot as Spain--but don't go for Vienna's state opera, it takes a summer break. So do Berlin's opera and philharmonic. January is the month not to visit Istanbul because of the wet weather. Rio de Janeiro's rainy season runs from December through February, but the famous Carnaval is usually in February, too. As you would expect, July and August are hot and humid in Singapore and Hong Kong. Sydney's seasons are the reverse of ours, but the worst--or best--time to visit will be September 15 through October 1, 2000, for the Olympic Games.
Cuba is off-limits to Americans, but you can get there through another country, such as Canada or Mexico. The dollar is the currency of choice and it buys a lot, from staples to vices. First, stock up on cigars at one of the city's oldest cigar factories, Real Fábrica de Tabacos Partagás (Industria No. 520) in Centro Habana, then try a daiquiri at El Floridita (Obispo No. 557), an establishment where Hemingway loved to drink. A tenminute walk into colonial Havana, or La Habana Vieja, brings you to La Bodeguita del Medio (Empedrado No. 207), another celebrated Hemingway hangout. Hail a cab (will a 1949 Plymouth do?) to dine in neighboring Vedado, where trendy paladares have sprung up in the past couple years. These privately run restaurants operate in people's homes and are usually superior in quality and price to hotel or state-run establishments. Restaurante Doña Nieves (Calle 19, No. 812), a paladar, offers elaborate dinners at café prices. Or cross the Rio Almendares to try the open-air El Aljibe (Avenida 7 between 24 and 26), which boasts the best chicken in Havana. Then taxi to the Hotel Riviera (Paseo and Malecón), where the funky Palacio de la Salsa room draws top salsa acts--and a fast crowd.
What better way to explore the English countryside than from behind the wheel of a Morgan? You'll feel every ripple in the road and the wind in your face, but a day's-end pint in a quaint pub will remove any bugs from your teeth. London Handling Ltd.'s last Morgan self-drive tour for this year (October 26 through November 1) begins at the Barns Hotel in Bedfordshire and continues into Scotland and Wales, with two participants sharing a car and a room. The tour's £1175 price (about $2000, not covering airfare) includes seven nights in three-star hotels, plus breakfasts and dinners. A tour organizer accompanies the group--a maximum of seven Morgan 4/4s--to help plan each day's route and put the cars to bed at night. London Handling's Stateside contact, the ETM Group in Westport, Connecticut (800-445-8999), can provide further details and arrange flights. More Morgan tours are scheduled for next summer. Book early.
Now that most airlines have cracked down on the size and number of carry-ons, you'll need to be extraefficient if you don't check baggage. These bags hold enough garb and gear for at least a long weekend. Up top: Samsonite's 950 series Compact Upright has wheels, a telescoping handle and pockets galore ($300). Below it is a scotch-grain-leather weekend bag with a shoulder strap, from Holland & Holland ($810). To the right: TravelSmith's rugged 1000 Denier Cordura carry-on (about $200) is just one of a number of interesting bags the company stocks (some even have wheels). Bottom: Duluth Trading Co.'s medium-sized green canvas duffel bag is trimmed with brown saddle leather (about $145). • The new Franzus palm-size Micro Pro garment steamer put out by Travel Smart is the same portable gizmo that Jack Lemmon used to dewrinkle his pants in the recent comedy Out to Sea. (It also fixes creases and pleats.) Price: about $40, including a travel pouch and a detachable brush.
Disposable batteries are terrible for the environment. So what is an eco-friendly electronics junkie to do? Try Panasonic's new rechargeable AAs. These nickelcadmium batteries run for up to eight hours (that is twice as long as earlier rechargeables) and can be rejuiced hundreds of times before you're forced to recycle them. Sony's new Infolithium NP-F950 camcorder battery provides up to 12 hours of recording time on a single charge. The AccuPower battery meter--a sophisticated powermanagement feature--displays the remaining battery time in minutes (no more running out of energy midway through filming). Sony's Quick Charge system requires only 15 minutes to recharge a battery after an hour of use. Unlike Ni-Cd batteries, you can't overcharge Infolithiums. Sony tells us this new battery technology will soon be available for other portable gear. The Sunwize Portable Energy System is a notepad-size gadget that uses sunlight to power and recharge laptop computers, cell phones, CD players and other portable gear. Look for it in stores, priced at $350.
Watching TV on a computer is nothing new. Downloading closed captions to create transcripts of Seinfeld or the Jerry Springer Show is. That's just one of the many breakthrough features of ATI Technologies' All-in-Wonder Pro. This $280 PC TV board lets you watch your favorite stations on your computer--full screen and in stereo. It features zoom and instant-replay functions, and it comes with software that runs a TV in the background (picture-in-picture style) while you work, listening for certain words and kicking on the programming to full screen when it hears what you want to see. ADS Technologies' Channel Surfer TV board (about $100) can receive Internet content over the part of the wave spectrum (called Vertical Blanking Interval) reserved for TV--no modem required. Channel Surfer picks up Web sites on the VBI and stores them on your hard drive so you can read them at your leisure.
If you want to test your date's fun quotient, take her to GameWorks. This one-year-old entertainment franchise (co-owned by Dreamworks, Universal Studios and Sega) is an over-the-top playground that pushes interactive gaming to the extreme. And you don't have to stand in line with a bunch of rug rats. The under-18 crowd is banished after nine P.M., at which time the GameWorks in Seattle, Las Vegas, Tempe (Arizona), Grapevine (Texas) and Ontario (California) offer a nightclub ambience. There's a restaurant and full-service bar (the Seattle GameWorks has its own microbrewery), a billiards room, a rock-climbing wall (in Las Vegas) and enough electronic action to keep your fingers flexing past midnight. For an extreme rush, don't miss the new Vertical Reality game, in which you and 11 other players are strapped into seats that ascend the sides of a skyscraper. Your goal is to rid the building of its criminal elements without getting hit by unfriendly fire. Take a bullet and your chair falls two stories to the ground. The next cities slated for GameWorks: Chicago, Miami, Detroit and Rio de Janeiro.
Think of it as the Linda Tripp model. Recorda-Call ($80, pictured here) is a combination telephone handset and tape recorder. Use it as a stand-alone recording device or attach it to any corded phone and tape your conversations on microcassettes. But remember: It's illegal to tape phone calls in many states unless the party on the other end consents. • Samsung's SCS-100 is the first digital cellular phone that doubles as a handheld PC. The pocket-size phone opens to reveal a Windows CE 2.0 computer with a gray-scale touch screen. Faxes and e-mail can be sent via the phone's wireless network, and you can even use the device to browse the Net. The price: about $800. • When it comes to buying electronics gear, patience usually pays off. Witness Dolby Digital audio-video receivers. • When they were introduced a few years ago, you couldn't touch one for less than $1200. Now Kenwood has introduced the VR-209, a six-channel receiver priced at $400. You can connect three video sources to the VR-209, including a satellite receiver, DVD player, VCR or video game machine, along with six audio components. • IBM's Scroll-Point mouse has a blue button that eliminates the need to click on scrollbars in order to navigate through long documents or Web sites. Just press the button forward, backward or to the left or right and you're on your way. The price: $60.
Although Nicholson Baker's current novel, The Everlasting Story of Nory (Random House), doesn't have sex at its center (as did Vox and The Fermata), sex is still on Baker's mind. In fact, when independent counsel Kenneth Starr subpoenaed Monica Lewinsky's book purchases, which reportedly included Vox, Baker said, "Starr should get down on his kneepads and beg the country's pardon for undermining the Constitution this way." Writer Lisa Latham checked in with Baker to discuss books, movies and Monica.
The Greeks had Pythagoras and Praxiteles. The Italians brought us Machiavelli and Masaccio. What do we have to share with the world? Barney Rubble and Babe the Blue Ox. Three new books look at the glory of American civilization. John Margolies' Fun Along the Road (Little, Brown) is a remarkable compendium of such ingenious vulgarities as alligator farms and mini golf courses. In Managing Ignatius (Louisiana State) Jerry Strahan relates the perils of running a hot dog business in New Orleans. It's an inspirational tale of lowlife business administration. Joe Queenan is a good enough writer that he could describe garbage and still be entertaining. That's exactly what happens in Red Lobster, White Trash and the Blue Lagoon (Hyperion). Queenan concerns himself with the likes of John Tesh and Billy Joel. How bad can this culture be? he asks. He proceeds to astonish even himself.
James Lee Burke has arrived. The first clue is a store display for Sunset Limited (Doubleday), his tenth novel featuring the exploits of former New Orleans cop and Vietnam vet Dave Robicheaux. In addition to a great summer read, fans will find a bait bucket filled with Cajun spices, a CD and a T-shirt. Robicheaux is one of the most intriguing heroes in crime fiction. While others work alone, Burke's character surrounds himself with family--his wife and daughter--a worker at the bait shop named Batist and Robicheaux's ex-partner and loose cannon Clete Purcel. He tackles not just crime but mysteries, wrestling with shame, guilt and grief that span generations. Norman Mailer once said that a man drinks to get at an obsession from different angles. Robicheaux, a recovering alcoholic, prefers to throw himself against the past. In Sunset Limited, a corpse lies in a coffin for 20 years, waiting for the chance to tell its story. Bell jars buried in a barn hold clues to a crucifixion that happened 40 years earlier. Corruption touches the present when a Hollywood film crew sets up in town as a front for laundered drug money. Small-time gangsters, contract killers, Klansmen, psychopaths, ex-cons and tainted FBI agents move through Spanish moss and dark bayous testing Robicheaux. Only some of the mysteries in the novel are resolved. And the writing is brilliant.
Here you are, basking in the heat of summer, skimming your Playboy and keeping one eye on the talent that strolls by your perch, talent that smells of coconut oil and something else--yes, that's it, the faint but unmistakable aroma of quim, glorious quim, moist quim, quivering quim. What a remarkable fragrance fresh quim projects, a combination of sea salt and jungle mud and crushed violets. As a famous poet almost wrote, "Oh, to be in Quimland now that August's here!"
When you grill a steak, you need to master the art of knowing when it's done. Amateurs cut open the steak and check the color. This drains the beef of its juices and dries it out. The best way to tell when it's done is to acquire a feel for the changing consistency of the meat. Use the blueprint below. As always, let the meat rest a few minutes before you slice it.
Parnelli Jones called the Panoz "the great American roadster." But if you've never heard of the car, don't despair because neither had we. Don Panoz was one of the inventors of the time-release capsule technology and the nicotine patch. His son, Danny, is president of Panoz Auto Development in Braselton, Georgia, possibly the best-financed privately owned auto company in America. Climb into the cockpit, punch the throttle and pray, because the Panoz' power plant, a 305-hp, 4.6-liter Ford V8, will propel your 2550-pound aluminum-bodied car to 60 mph in about four seconds. Of course, there are side curtains, the top is erected Tinkertoy-style (a hard top is available as an option) and the transmission is a five-speed, not an automatic. But on a wide-open road with the speedometer arching toward 140 or on a winding country lane, who cares? The price for this indecent pleasure is $59,000, including leather seats, AC and a CD player. The car is available at a limited number of dealers nationwide.
No one likes being stopped by an officer of the law, but there's no reason to make it more unpleasant than it has to be. Here are a few tips to make the experience as untraumatic as possible. First, keep both hands on the steering wheel as the officer approaches. In fact, make sure your hands are visible at all times. Police don't know what to expect when they stop someone. Show the officer you pose no threat to him. Do not reach for your driver's license and registration until you're asked for them. Wait for the officer to explain why he pulled you over. Do not admit to any wrongdoing. Ask for a verbal or written warning in lieu of a ticket. Do not undo your seat belt until he has seen you were wearing one. At night, turn on your dome light. Do not leave your car and confront the officer--this is seen as an aggressive move. If you feel you've been mistreated, complain at the nearest police station.
You don't need heavy wattage to pump audio through the average office, studio apartment or dorm room. Which is why innovative design teams at Sony, Technics, JVC and Aiwa have come up with microstereos, such as the Sony CMT-ED1 ($350, pictured here). Along with its slick good looks, the unit combines a tuner with 30 station presets, CD player, auto-reverse cassette deck and 15 watts of power per channel. Worried that the wattage is a bit too wimpy? So were we until we put the Sony to the test. The result: Our office didn't vibrate, but Pulp cranked fine. In fact, with the volume set halfway, the CD was loud enough to distract us from our work. And that says a lot when you consider the nature of Playboy.
Mark O'Meara may not need Carbite Golf's new Polar-Balanced putter, but for the rest of us duffers a club that's rated about 40 percent more accurate than others on off-center strokes is a gimme. It all has to do with binding metals of different densities, explain the folks at Carbite, which has put tungsten at the extreme heel and toe of the club with aluminum in the center. In other words, if you putt like a klutz, this is the club for you. Don't ask us how it works, but Carbite insists it does. For $150, you can see for yourself.
Who knew there was a Swiss Air Force? In fact it's well known for meticulously trained pilots and fine aircraft. So, of course, there's a Swiss Air Force watch--five models to be exact--and the flagship, pictured here, is named for the leading Swiss aircraft--the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18. The timepiece features a 25-jewel Swiss-made automatic movement, chronograph functions galore, water resistance to a depth of 330 feet and a black strap made of bomber-jacket leather. Price: $2000. The Air Force's cheapest model, the 9G 300, costs about $500 and has a five jewel movement.
Mix 1 1/2 ounces of Exclusiv, Bacardi's new rum, with a half ounce of triple sec, a half ounce of lime juice and a splash of cranberry juice. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass and see if that isn't the smoothest cosmopolitan you've ever tasted. Bacardi says its new bottling is the "first-ever ultrafiltered rum that combines a quadruple distillation process with Canadian spring water" and we're not about to argue with a company that's been in the rum business for more than 135 years. Exclusiv isn't yet available in all states--hurry its debut by asking for it. Price: about $15.
If you've tried everything from scalp massages to combing one strand at a time for advancing baldness, help is on the way. Researchers at Nioxin, a therapeutic hair-care company, have discovered the enzyme lipase in the hair follicles of men (and women) with thinning hair. (Lipase is produced by the mite demodex folliculorum--as if you didn't know.) To combat thinning hair, Nioxin has developed the Semodex line of cleanser shampoos and scalp lotions, some of which are pictured here. They work best, says the manufacturer, when combined with other Nioxin products. Both lines are sold in hair salons worldwide, priced from $8 to $50 per bottle. None contain alcohol, PVP or plastic resins.
Raking in quarters in your weekly game? Maybe it's time to hit the road. Most casino poker rooms have card games for as low as $1 a bet. The Trump Taj Mahal has Atlantic City's biggest poker room, free lessons and $1 to $3 stakes. Connecticut's Foxwoods Resort Casino also has a great room. In California the two best are the Bicycle Club Casino in Bell Gardens and Hollywood Park in Inglewood. Casinos in Gulfport and Biloxi, Mississippi offer low stakes. The real poker action is in Vegas, with the Luxor, the Rio and the Orleans. The nation's classiest game is at the Mirage. But there's little need to fear sharks, because being a pro in a low-stakes game is a tough way to make an easy living. If you want to find out how good you are, play the locals at Binion's Horseshoe, home of the World Series of Poker.
The dark and moody Michael on USA Network's La Femme Nikita, played by Roy Dupuis, is reflected in his somber and stylish wardrobe. Offscreen, the French-Canadian star of the high-rated drama prefers more color, combining the green, red, yellow and white plaid pants and a maroon cap he wears for golfing. "I go for the Sixties and Seventies retro look I find in vintage clothing stores," he says. When he's not playing golf, Dupuis lives in Levi's 501 blue jeans, often pairing them with horizontally striped shirts and a black leather vest. He also wears a black velvet car coat by Diesel originally intended for his TV character. "I decided it wasn't right for Michael, but it was just perfect for me." Dupuis's two favorite fashion accessories are a silver bracelet that looks like a motorcycle chain (he bought it from a street vendor in New York City a few years ago) and a pair of Gaultier tortoiseshell sunglasses with round lenses and transparent temples. In the series, Michael wears underwear from Body Body, but in real life Dupuis goes au naturel.
If you're eco-minded you need Zap. It's a California company that gets you moving with zero air pollution. That means electric bicycles, skate-boards and the Electricycle pictured here, which the company describes as "the world's first commercial electric scooter." The Electricycle is fun, practical and hits speeds up to 25 miles per hour while sustaining a charge for up to 20 miles. Obviously, you wouldn't want to cross the Mojave Desert on an Electricycle. But for tooling down to the bookstore or joyriding around on a summer weekend it can't be beat. Furthermore, Zap rental outlets are opening around the country for the Electricycle and other Zap vehicles (including the Power-board--Zap calls it "a skateboard with an attitude"). The price for the Electricycle is about $2500, including the charger.
I thought true male multiple orgasms were a myth, until recently. When my girlfriend and I were having sex during a cruise vacation, I had an orgasm and remained inside her mostly erect. Nothing new. But after catching my breath, I again became fully erect and achieved orgasm with ejaculation within a few minutes. This scenario was repeated twice (my girlfriend actually said, "Again?"--we were both astonished). Short of taking a cruise every weekend, is there a way to attain this level of sensuality on a regular basis?--C.M., Fort Lauderdale, Florida
<p>In my book <em>Marihuana Reconsidered </em>I recounted the history of medical cannabis. But it was not until 1972, a year after the book's publication, that what had been an issue of public policy became a personal one. Early that spring I fell into conversation at a dinner party with Dr. Emil Frei, who had recently arrived from Texas to serve as head of cancer research at Boston's Children's Hospital. Dr. Frei told me about an 18-year-old Houston man who had become increasingly reluctant to undergo chemotherapy for his leukemia because the nausea and vomiting were unbearable. His doctors and family were having trouble persuading him to take the drug he needed to survive. One day the patient's attitude changed, and he no longer feared chemotherapy. It turned out he was preventing nausea by taking a few puffs of marijuana 20 minutes before each session. On the way home my wife, Betsy, suggested something that had occurred to both of us: Marijuana might be what our son Danny needed.</p>
James R. Petersen tells us that our president is concerned about how he will be viewed by history ("Sex Tour of Washington," The Playboy Forum, May). Many of our past presidents are remembered by nicknames commemorating their principal accomplishments: Father of Our Country, Great Emancipator, Great Communicator, etc. I suspect it follows that Clinton will forever be associated with his primary activity and known to one and all as Blow Job Bill.
<p>When Matt Drudge rises at nine in the morning and connects to the Internet, his Hollywood apartment transforms into the newsroom where the notorious "Drudge Report" is created. With millions of online readers a month, the "Report" has broken national scandals (Monica Lewinsky, Kathleen Willey, Paula Jones) and scooped major news outlets on other stories (Dole's choice of Kemp as a running mate, Tim Allen's $1 million salary demands, Connie Chung's firing). This one-man newsroom has played a pivotal role in a series of events that threatened to bring down the president of the United States.</p>
Solomon Blistein, a.k.a. Sol Rogers, a.k.a. Sol Bass, Solly to his friends, stood by the Royal Palm Motel pool on Fort Lauderdale beach fishing leaves off the water with a long-handled net, a cigarette and a cup of coffee in his left hand. The sun had just come up. A few tourists were walking along the beach. A gaunt, stooped old man with the brim of a dirty golf cap pulled over his eyes was sweeping a metal detector methodically over the sand, stopping every few feet to bend and pick up... what? A penny? A bottle cap? A fucking ten-carat diamond ring?
Most People think I swing from the ceiling with a candle, dripping hot wax over my lovers," says Downtown Julie Brown. But the world of this pop culture queen isn't quite so outrageous as some would believe. Her home in Los Angeles is filled with art objects from every continent. The effect is warm, sumptuous elegance. "I am a true romantic. I like pretty things, pretty smells, pretty dresses," she says. "I like to stay home and cook for my boyfriend. I enjoy doing things like watching a good football game, going bowling--but I'm not a beer-bottle bowler. I must have a glass, please."
"The next orgasm I have, I'm going to lift everyone to a higher place," Perry Farrell says between songs at Los Angeles' Universal Amphitheater. "I'm going to a place that's free. Who wants to come with me? I want to know true freedom."
Unless you're Tiger Woods, you won't get Fluff Cowens to tote your golf bag, but you don't need to compete in the Masters to benefit from playing with a caddie. A good caddie can be a tour guide, pal, teacher or even psychiatrist, while a great caddie will be all those things and more. You will lose fewer balls, hole more putts, avoid hidden hazards and score better with a caddie at your side. Managers at courses that offer caddie service claim the average player will save two to five strokes per round. It's also a fun way to play. Because caddies typically work courses that hold tournaments, they often come with history lessons. "Nicklaus was in that same trap in 1962" is the type of comment you could hear. You won't see a golf cart at Saint Andrews or Royal Troon, or almost anywhere in the British Isles, where caddies are the norm; over here carts almost made caddies extinct. Golf's foot soldiers survived the lean years at famed resorts such as Pinehurst, Spanish Bay, the Broadmoor, the Greenbrier, the Doral and Pebble Beach, but today you can find caddies at a wide selection of courses. In Kohler, Wisconsin the American Club put caddies on its two courses in 1997, then built a third course just for walking. Pinehurst opened a new course in 1996, making caddies available on six of the resort's eight courses. In Hawaii Kapaluaa introduced caddies to paradise, and Oregon's Pumpkin Ridge added them to the Pacific Northwest. Marriott restored caddies to its two courses at the Seaview Resort outside Atlantic City, with hopes of soon adding the service at its other golf resorts. The latest Four Seasons golf resort, Hualalai (on the big island of Hawaii), has offered caddies since last year. Some resorts, such as Pebble Beach, offer "fore caddies" for players who want to tote their own bags. Fore caddies take off down the fairway ahead of a foursome to keep a careful eye on the shots. Besides saving balls and search time, fore caddies clean clubs and read putts. Caddie Master Enterprises supplies more than 800 caddies to courses around the U.S., and has jobs for more. Playing with a caddie can be intimidating the first time out, but remember, no matter how badly you play, he has seen worse. Walking 18 with a caddie costs a little more than renting a golf cart. Most clubs have no fee but suggest a tip of $15 to $40 per person, while a few enforce similar minimums. Golfers must pick up a snack and drink for their caddies if they get something for themselves. At Pebble Beach, where greens fees run close to $320, caddies get $40 per bag plus tip, and some customers also take a cart. Don't hesitate to ask the pro shop staff what the club's tipping policy is. Keith Lyford, an ex-PGA tour player and director of the Cranwell Golf School, can read his own putts and doesn't lose many balls, but he takes a caddie whenever one is offered. His rationale: "It's the way the game was meant to be played."
Music fans have been waiting for someone to take rap to the next level. Maybe a guy like Bob Marley--someone who could fuse American and Caribbean music. Or perhaps someone from the Nineties who could stand alongside the giants of rock and roll. Wyclef Jean, hip-hop virtuoso, is the answer. He raps in Creole and English; he plays The Star-Spangled Banner on a guitar with his teeth. The signs were there when his band the Fugees went global a year before Puff Daddy did and sold more than 10 million copies of The Score. Then came Jean's ebullient 1997 solo album. The Carnival, a syncretic triumph of hip-hop, reggae, zouk and rock. The platinum-seller is a showcase for the 27-year-old's impressive talents as composer and arranger. It features such performers as Celia Cruz, the Neville Brothers and 62 members of the New York Philharmonic. Jean even managed to snare Bob Dylan for a cameo appearance in the video for the hit single Gone Till November. When sales of The Carnival passed the 1 million mark, Columbia Records president Don Ienner told Billboard: "It's a pivotal record to put out at the end of the Nineties. Wyclef shows that you can make music for the people and for yourself artistically, and (concluded on page 144)Murlef Attire(continued from page 82) sell--not sell out."
How much better off are we now than we were 20 years ago, when the nation was emerging from the long dark night of Carter-era stagflation? A close look at some data from the Census Bureau reveals we may be a whole lot better off than even the optimists think--and the reason has little to do with stock market prosperity. Chalk it up instead to a two-decade boom in rising family incomes. For anyone lucky enough to have a job, this boom in family income has greatly increased the happy jingle of money in American pockets.
As her name suggests, Angela Little is a slip of a girl. But don't let her petiteness fool you. What the size one, five-foot-two Southerner lacks in physical stature she makes up for with lofty ambition, a hearty sense of humor and a broad drawl. We met with the adorable 26-year-old at Spago Restaurant in Chicago, where she went crimson when every head in the joint turned in her direction.
An Australian was walking down a country road in New Zealand when he happened to glance over a fence and see a farmer going at it with a sheep. The shocked Aussie climbed the fence and walked over to the fellow. "You know, mate," he pointedly remarked, "back home we shear those."
The beach is both a real place and an imagined place. It has its own pulse (a few clicks above a coma), its own smell (Coppertone), its own attractions (bikinied babes) and its own soundtrack (the Beach Boys). Although it's someplace we merely visit on occasion, we realize that there are people who own the beach, people who have staked a claim on its mysteries. They appear to have achieved a oneness with the beach, with its rhythms, its rituals and its taboos. They also have achieved something more lasting than a tan--that is a state of mind that equals being on a permanent vacation.
With summer winding down, it's not too early to plot your cool-weather escape. You could go to the Caribbean, but with the exception of Jamaica most of the islands offer little more than beaches and sun. You get more--lots more--in Mexico. Even Cancún, which bears little resemblance to the real Mexico, offers nearby Mayan ruins, a rain forest, villages and colonial buildings that date back hundreds of years.
In October 1970 Playboy doubled the world's pleasure--and made history--by introducing Mary and Madeleine Collinson, the first identical twin Playmates. Born in 1952 on Malta, the tantalizing twosome spent their teen years modeling before heading to Hollywood to star in such films as The Love Machine (1971) and Twins of Evil (1972). "There's really little difference in the way that we think and in the things we like to do," 18-year-old Madeleine said in 1970. That may well be true, but they're still a ringing endorsement of the maxim, The more the merrier.
As Playboy's Modern Living Editor, David Stevens has an indecent amount of fun checking out great guy-toys, traveling to exotic places and evaluating fine food, wines, spirits, cigars and other worldly delights. What's more, he gets to drive a wide range of exciting new automobiles. We persuaded Dave to give us his notes. Who knows what might come next. Maybe Dave's Basement?
Loafers are versatile; loafers are cool. Most important, loafers are back. They can dress down a suit or dress up jeans; you can go with socks or without (just keep your feet fresh). Penny loafers are considered best for casualwear. Today's loafers have a high vamp (the tongue of leather that hides your sock), which keeps your pants from snagging on the shoe and gives the crease a better break. Brown is a good fall color because it matches earth-toned suits. For a finish, think either textured (suede) or high gloss--nothing in the middle. Bottom left: The first shoe is a penny loafer with a welt seam and embossed calfskin, by Bottega Veneta ($460). At one time welts were found only on moccasins, but now dressier styles have them, too. The next shoe is a split-toe penny loafer by Joseph Abboud ($275). Next to it is a grainy slip-on with signature gold bar, by Bruno Magli ($235), followed by a suede moccasin with contrasting stitching, by Kenneth Cole ($98). The penultimate loafer is a square-toed dress shoe with vamp piping, by Bottega Veneta ($350); the last is a penny loafer by Cole-Haon ($350).
Possessed of Hollywood's most famous smirk, Bruce Willis has acted in movies of every genre, starring in some of the biggest box office hits ("Die Hard," "Die Harder," "Die Hard With a Vengeance") and appearing in a range of quieter movies such as "Nobody's Fool," for which he was widely praised by critics. This summer, he's saving the world once again in "Armageddon," and he'll next star in a movie he's producing based on Kurt Vonnegut's "Breakfast of Champions."
How Fitting that the Nineties should end with visions of blow jobs. Whether any involved President Clinton or not, the blow job feels right--not weird, not prurient--as the defining emblem for these past ten years. It is sexual fast food. In lieu of deeper and more penetrating sex, sex that might heal you, it's quick and detached. So it seems right that the Gulf war, with its high-speed, video-game technology and curiously deflating outcome, was the classic conflict of the Blow Job Decade.
Word Reaches me on a lazy day in August that as a longtime admirer of women--with a preference for blondes--I am wasting my time in Southampton. If my information is correct, the purest, most delightful representatives of the species exist in far-off Iceland. Hollywood's fairest are no match for them.
Below is a list of retailers and manufacturers you can contact for information on where to find this month's merchandise. To buy the apparel and equipment shown on pages 20, 24-25, 33-34, 37, 79, 82-83, 105, 112-113, 152 and 163, check the listings below to find the stores nearest you.
The Brits know how to do a picnic: Take the bone china and sterling silver and leave the paper plates and plastic forks behind. That's why fitted picnic baskets, such as the one from Asprey pictured here, are one of the UK's most popular exports. Whiskey in the woods--or anywhere for that matter--tastes better when poured from a crystal decanter. To ensure we don't run dry, our portable spirits case, also pictured here, holds two miniature decanters and four shot glasses snugly ensconced with leather straps. Our sole concession to the electronic age is Sony's 2.2" Watchman TV (it's meant to be worn around the neck with the strap as the antenna). Sorry, car guys, the rare 1967 Series HA Land Rover with the tailgate pictured here isn't for sale.