Whether he's addressing violence in Natural Born Killers, presidential conspiracies in JFK or the Vietnam war in Platoon,Oliver Stone makes powerful movies that receive as much scathing criticism as they do critical acclaim. Contributing Editor David Sheff traded viewpoints with the controversial director for this month's Playboy Interview. "I expected he'd be shrill and a bit nuts," Sheff reports. "Instead he was thoughtful and gracious--and a little crazy, but in a way I could genuinely relate to. His detractors often try to intimate that he's paranoid, that he fits a stereotype. But that's just not true." Stone's opinions are as varied as his films. "It was a challenge to keep him on any one topic, but that's one of his charms. His passion takes him in completely unexpected directions."
I bought some Cubans recently. I'm a beginner smoker who fell in love with Romeo y Julietas while I was in Spain. I don't own a humidor, so I've kept the boxes in my bedroom closet. The cigars are in the boxes, in metal tubes, with a leaf in each tube. When I went to smoke one the other day I noticed what looked like mold on some of them. What can I do about this? Should I keep them in the basement? Please help me prevent a good thing from going to waste.--C.C., Trenton, New Jersey
Nathan Glasgow of Colorado's Rocky Mountain Institute, a think-and-do tank, has been analyzing carrot-and-stick programs--called feebates--that could get virtually every American driver behind the wheel of a fuel-efficient car quickly and cheaply.
From a Memo sent to volunteers by the Bush-Cheney campaign. Earlier, the campaign had asked volunteers to identify 1,600 "friendly" congregations where Bush supporters could meet, prompting the IRS to remind both parties that churches that endorse candidates risk their tax-exempt status: "(1) Send your church directory to your state Bush-Cheney '04 headquarters or give to a BC04 rep. (2) Identify another conservative church in your community that we can organize for Bush. (3) Talk to your pastor about holding a Citizenship Sunday and Voter Registration Drive. (4) Hold a 'Party for the President' with church members. (5) Talk to your church seniors or 20- to 30-something group about Bush-Cheney."
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Every now and then, Juan Pablo Montoya, the Colombian Formula 1 driver, holds a web chat with his fans. The messages pour in from every corner of the globe: "I'm your biggest fan! Do you want to be my fan?" "I think you're gorgeous!" "What kind of orange juice do you like the most?" One fan even asked whether he goes commando under his driving uniform. "I always wear my underwear," answered Montoya. The 29-year-old phenom has brought an Elvis-like iconography to the F1 circuit. Even his profilers get seduced. "His Latin origins are the source of a smoldering fire in his makeup," wrote one. Montoya started racing go-carts at the age of five. In 2000 he won the Indy 500 in his first attempt, then a year later signed with the BMW Williams team to race Formula 1, the world's premier circuit. In 2002 he posted the fastest F1 lap in history (average speed: 161.484 miles per hour), and he won the Monte Carlo Grand Prix the following year. Now married and based in Miami, he's trying to unseat Michael Schumacher, the F1 champ for four years running. Can Montoya take the checkered flag? Stay tuned as the 2004 season ends in Sao Paulo this month.
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Dean Martin--Born Dino Paul Crocetti, the legendary rat packer lived and died the high life of booze, broads and bright lights. Bill Zehme salutes the icon the Italians called A Menefreghista--one who simply doesn't give a fuck.