Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D--N.Y.) is a rarity: an honest man who delights in defending the political process. He's not afraid to tinker with the third rail of politics formerly known as Social Security. This month he's the subject of a backroom Playboy Interview by Richard Meryman. Moynihan's civics lessons cover India vs. Pakistan, Starr vs. Clinton, welfare reform vs. welfare repeal, and, oh yeah--he calls Nixon a liberal.
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Samuel L. Jackson has the title role in The Negotiator (Warner Bros.) as one of the Chicago Police Department's best men at talking down hostage takers. He puts his skills to use in unexpected ways when he's framed for embezzling money from his union's pension fund and accused of murder to boot. When Jackson holes up in the Federal Building with a handful of hostages, his first demand is that the cops--suddenly his adversaries--call on the city's other top negotiator, played by Kevin Spacey, to be his liaison. This is no ordinary game of cat and mouse, and the tension is palpable. When the plot's credibility dips, the film relies on the rock-solid presence of its two stars. [rating]3 bunnies[/rating]
"If you screen it, they will come." That slogan might well describe the success of the Telluride Film Festival, the hippest and most enjoyable event of its kind in the country. But it was hardly a sure bet when Bill and Stella Pence (with Tom Luddy) launched this cinematic get-together near their remote Colorado home 25 years ago. Telluride had not yet been discovered by Oprah and Tom Cruise, it didn't have an airstrip and the nearest airport was 67 miles away--125 miles if you refused to bump and grind on small aircraft. So why would anyone travel so far and so high (9000 feet above sea level) just to see some movies?
It is often said that an Oscar nomination can hike an actor's salary, or cement his reputation. For Robert Forster, the nomination for his terrific performance in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown has meant something much more concrete: a whole new career.
Don't expect to find just one kind of movie playing in the den of ER's Anthony Edwards. "I find genres limiting in the same way that it's limiting to call ER a drama," he says. "It's a serious show, but when you watch it, you wind up laughing. So my tape collection is less about category than quality. It's full of such titles as Lawrence of Arabia, Raging Bull, Citizen Kane or anything by Preston Sturges. For example, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert was a joy for me--but so was Ken Burns' Baseball. In the end, they both do the same thing: They take you away for a few hours." Or in the case of Baseball, 18 hours.
For nearly half a century, jazz and Playboy have enjoyed a special relationship. So it should come as no surprise that The Playboy Guide to Jazz (Plume), by Neil Tesser, is the best survey available today. Arranged chronologically (from Jelly Roll Morton to Tim Berne), the guide is an excellent source for those who want to learn about the most compelling music of the 20th century. If you're building a jazz collection, Tesser offers a list of 50 essential recordings. To order, call 800-423-9494.
How does a hang-loose millionaire troubadour like Jimmy Buffett face the big five-O? According to A Pirate Looks at Fifty (Random House), he does it with the wind in his hair, nostalgia on his mind and a bankroll on his hip. Approaching that fateful date, with a contracted sequel to his 1992 best-selling Where Is Joe Merchant? failing to flow, the resourceful bard of Margaritaville decided to combine his birthday celebration with his literary obligation. Inspired by the travel journals of Mark Twain, no less, Buffett decided to set off with family, friends and the latest cutting-edge equipment for an aeronautic excursion from Florida to various points in the French West Indies. Liberally interspersed with meditations on his colorful past--a humble Mobile childhood, early career struggles in New Orleans and the good life in Key West--this rambling tale might have benefited from stronger editing. The loving descriptions of his private planes, expensive toys and money-is-no-object lifestyle get to be a bit much. But Buffett's raffish charm, storytelling savvy and humorous take on adulthood should cause joy among his Parrothead flock and may even increase its number.
Few experiences match the delight of spending a late-summer day in an unfamiliar city. But most guidebooks assume you wear Bermuda shorts and enjoy standing in line at a tedious tourist spot. Here are five books that will help you avoid urban vacation bummers. You don't want to be taken for a rube in Manhattan. Richard Laermer's Native's Guide to New York (Norton) will have you negotiating Orchard Street like a Lower East Sider. The Buildings of Charleston (University of South Carolina), by Bonnie Wach, offers 20 unusual tours arranged by personality type (e.g., extrovert, neobohemian). Los Angeles A to Z (University of California), by Leonard Pitt and Dale Pitt, isn't a guidebook, but it's essential for the discerning visitor. It's an encyclopedia that covers everything from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to the Zuma County Beach. You won't find Galatoire's or Pat O'Brien's in Malcolm Heard's French Quarter Manual (University of Mississippi), but it's the best book ever published on the architecture of New Orleans' Vieux Carré.
Kinky Friedman and Patricia Cornwell are best-selling authors who once had different careers: He was a self-described sleazeball country music performer, she was a medical examiner. Both just published their 11th novels, each of which might be termed a tour de farce. But that effect is intentional for only one of them. Friedman's Blast From the Past (Simon & Schuster) is like an acid flashback. The tale covers a period in the Seventies when he was fronting the Shalom Retirement Village People and harboring his federal fugitive pal Barry Freed (a.k.a. Abbie Hoffman). When someone starts taking potshots at them, the Kinkster deduces, as any reasonable weasel-dust-snorting amateur detective would, that the perp mistook one hebe in a cowboy hat, namely him, for another hebe in a cowboy hat, namely Abbie. But he soon suspects that he might be wrong about who is being mistaken for whom. Cornwell's Point of Origin (Putnam) features the return of Kay Scarpetta, chief medical examiner in Richmond, Virginia. She has worked on the World Trade Center and Oklahoma City bombings and the crash of TWA Flight 800, but seems to spend no time working for the city of Richmond. Soon after Kay receives a threatening letter from a lesbian serial killer named Carrie (who had an affair with Kay's niece), she is called to examine the charred remains of a woman to determine if the victim was murdered before the fire. Surprise--she was. Could Carrie somehow be connected? Did O.J. drive a white Bronco? If you fancy forensics, you'll find far more adept treatment of the subject in one short scene in Lucian K. Truscott IV's Fulll Dress Gray (Morrow), the powerful follow-up to Dress Gray. Former cadet Ry Slaight returns to West Point as head of the academy, and when a female cadet dies from apparent heat exhaustion during his welcoming ceremony, it's his responsibility to investigate. With masterful pacing and precise details, Truscott's book provides another insightful look at West Point and adroitly threads the issue of women in the military into a tightly wound plot. In Legal Briefs (Doubleday), 11 noted lawyer-writers (including William Bernhardt, John Grisham, Jeremiah Healy, Richard North Patterson and Lisa Scottoline) have turned their attention to the short story and are turning their author's fees over to the Children's Defense Fund. It's called working prose bono.
During the past two years, ten young students have killed 21 people and wounded at least 46 others by shooting their peers and their teachers on school property without warning. The oldest perpetrator was 18, the youngest 11. The sites ranged across the U.S., from Pennsylvania to Alaska, and the towns involved had such wholesome names as Pearl and Pomona.
The other night I was with a woman on our second date. Our first date had gone well, and I suspected we might end up in bed. My penis sometimes balks, so I brought along a Viagra pill as insurance. We started kissing passionately as soon as we stepped inside her apartment. It was developing into one of those scenes in a movie, where there's a trail of clothing leading to the bedroom. But I couldn't figure out how to get the Viagra into my mouth. I needed to act promptly or risk working with a less-than-rigid penis. I reached into my pocket and fingered the pill, then held her close and popped it behind her back. What is the etiquette in a situation like this?--P.R., Nashville, Tennessee
The Web is a great tease when it comes to helping you out with women. Within moments of making your new e-mail address public, you'll be flooded with invitations from willing young women to visit their Web sites for $14.95 a month. And singles' live chat rooms may be everywhere and always busy, but they're of no use to the single guy unless he has a fetish for middle-aged men pretending to be lonely college girls whose roommates have gone home for the weekend.
The new translucent iMac boasts no straight lines except, perhaps, the one that connects it to the Internet. Apple is betting that its radically designed desktop will catch on with consumers who are looking for an easy-to-use, high-performance computer at a bargain price ($1299). Apple's hopes for the iMac also rely on the powerful lure of the Internet. The iMac has been put together with many networking options in mind. The computer comes with a built-in modem and an Ethernet card. Apple is betting that it has itself a winner--and it may very well be right.
During an international gynecology conference, an English doctor and a French doctor were discussing unusual cases they had treated recently. "Only last week," the Frenchman said, "a woman came to see me with a clitoris like a melon!"
The right to privacy has gone the way of the dodo and presidential fidelity. No Institution proves that better than Media mogul rupert hemlock's tabloid the unnatural enquirer, Where annie has taken a job as assistant to famed paparazzo charles " shudder" bugg. Let's listen in on the morning meeting.
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