Walter Mosley has created some of the toughest characters in modern fiction. His heroes are killers who care. The main character of his first Playboy short story, Pinky, has the same desire to do right, but the events of September 11 prove over-powering. Kent Williams provided the art.
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Most Singer-Songwriters discover alienation and wallow in it. But Alanis Morissette keeps making quantum leaps in her music. She went from anger to understanding in only two studio albums. Under Rug Swept (Maverick), her latest, is the first she has written and produced entirely. On it are songs to her lovers and songs about dysfunctional partners. She slips out of her ego and demonstrates compassion and honesty. --Vic Garbarini
Halle Berry made news when she bared her breasts in Swordfish, then won acclaim for Monster's Ball, which involved much more than mere nudity in a graphic love scene with Billy Bob Thornton. Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet and Julianne Moore also continue to take on sexually adventurous roles. This month, a pair of films from outside the Hollywood mainstream feature erotic and challenging parts with lesser-known actresses, and one wonders how many established stars would be bold enough to tackle such material.
First Things First: The Men column began 20 years ago this month with ''Role Models,'' and there were many times after its birth when I didn't think it was going to survive. Nevertheless, it has been an honor and a privilege to have a page of my own in this magazine over three decades.
On our fifth date I took my girlfriend to dinner. During the meal I caught myself quoting Mickey Rourke's character in one of my favorite movies, 9-1/2 Weeks. My girlfriend had never seen the movie and didn't get the reference. After dinner, we took a cab to the beach. As we fooled around in the back, I found myself quoting from the movie again. I meant no harm and it felt good to role-play. Letting her in on it would have made it feel fake. My girlfriend is smart, beautiful and in control of her life. I figured she might be looking for something different, and I was right. Once we hit the beach, things got heavy. I started talking filthy to her--mostly a mishmash of lines from the film--and she began to strip. We fucked like crazy. By the end of the evening I must have recited half the movie's dialogue. Yesterday she ordered a copy of 9-1/2 Weeks on DVD. She says she wants to watch it together on my birthday because I had mentioned how sexy it was. Shit. Should I confess about the lines I fed her? I don't want her to think I'm a creep. How can I let her know I was playing out a fantasy? It was the hottest night of my life. --D.J., Indianapolis, Indiana.
Attention, sex gods of the world, we have news for you. Most guys, no matter how unfortunate, can recall an occasion when some woman told them they were the best lover ever. Women are sly that way. Sure, you have tales of baby-oiled Tri-Delts wriggling in a hot tub in Cabo, garter-belted secretaries being wheelbarrowed over a conference table or braless dental hygienists getting a good flossing themselves. They don't count.
It really turns me on when my guy is naked with a giant hard-on. First I kiss him softly on the lips. Then I lick his lips and kiss him more passionately while I touch his body everywhere and run my tongue around his mouth and other places. When my boyfriend is standing in the bathroom combing his hair and he's naked, I love to come from behind and play with his balls. I love the way they feel. And I love to kiss and lick them. I can't help it--they're just fun. I love to touch them. I don't think about it, I just do it. I guess I'm drawn to the male organ. Even around friends I know really well, I still touch him there. Not blatantly, of course.
Vampires rock. Especially Lestat, who has risen from a decades-long slumber and reinvented himself as a contemporary American rock star in the movie Queen of the Damned, a sequel of sorts to 1994's Interview With the Vampire. Instead of Tom Cruise, Stuart Townsend bares fangs this time as Lestat, whose music awakens the queen mother of vampires, Akasha, from her supposedly eternal slumber. Played by beloved R&B singer Aaliyah, Akasha uses all her malevolent power to make Lestat her main man, and the world's vampires are biting mad. So is a young London woman named Jesse who is drawn to the dark side and wouldn't mind a little neck biting with everyone's favorite immortal player. She must stand with the vampires against Akasha before the queen manages to unleash hell on earth and wipe them all out.
Best-selling author Anne Rice is best known for her Vampire Chronicles, which unfurled in 1976 with Interview with the Vampire, followed by The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned, The Tale of the Body Thief, Memnoch the Devil, Pandora, Armand, Merrick and last year's Blood and Gold. The epic stories follow the sensual and supernatural exploits of various vampires, though Lestat is the star. ''I completely identify with him,'' says Rice on her official website. ''He is my male self and does the things I wish I could. When I'm writing, he's right there telling me the story, leaning over my shoulder, telling me to get it right, pointing out things I should change, breathing down my neck and doing everything but biting me. He wouldn't dare!'' (text continued on page 150) Anne Rice (continued from page 142)
In Arabic Aaliyah means ''the highest, most-exalted one,'' so it's fitting she play the Queen of the Damned. The R&B sensation released three platinum albums, the first when she was 15, as well as the hit Are You That Somebody from the Dr. Dolittle soundtrack and the Oscar-nominated Journey to the Past from the film Anastasia. She recorded the hit Try Again for the movie Romeo Must Die and made her acting debut in that film opposite Jet Li. Aaliyah had begun working on the Matrix sequels before the small plane she was on crashed in the Bahamas last August, killing everyone on board. The death of this talented 22-year-old was a tragedy, and because her unfinished work in the Matrix sequels had to be scrapped, The Queen of the Damned will stand as her final film.
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