Rather than hire a ruggedly handsome male model for this month's fashion shoot, we elected to photograph a real guy. And when we looked around, no one looked more real than Conor Hogan, our very own junior staffer. After we dragged him from his cubicle and sharpened his sense of style we turned him over to photographer Susan Anderson for the appropriate finishing touches. Her most recent book, Pom for New Moms, collects images of (well-)dressed men caught acting courteously. "Women don't want naked men," Anderson says. "They want a sharp-looking, chivalrous guy. I'm old-fashioned in that I think every man should look like Cary Grant." As Dressing Conor shows, Anderson favors formality and classic style. "Dressing well and being considerate are things a man can do that will make women do anything for him."
Garry Kasparov (Playboy Interview, March) needs to know there is a presidential candidate bold enough to challenge Vladimir Putin. Like President Bush, ]ohn McCain looked into Putin's eyes. But instead of a soul, he saw three letters—K(jB.
Tht' Medical Marijuana Murder covers important ground but also perpetuates unfortunate misconceptions. Peer-reviewed studies make clear that marijuana provides relief for some conditions for which conventional treatments regularly fail. While it is true that marijuana is not a proven
It's great to see Jennifer Love Hewitt has finally, rightfully been included in Playboy's 25 .SY.viV.s7 Celebrities (March) and Paris Hilton has not. You did well this year, though I would swap Britney for Lindsay Lohan.
You published a letter in March from a reader who feels there is hidden "dirt" regarding Sarah Silvermans success. My friends and I became fans of Silvermans ollbeat comic sensibilities long before we heard of |immv Kimmel. Is it still news that a woman can be successful on her own merits? I can't wait to see what she does next. Geoff Becker Austin, Texas
I enjoyed the SV.v in America survey (February), though I wasn't surprised to read on Playboy.com that 57.3 percent of respondents thought Republic,ins pay for sex more often and 32.7 percent thought Democrats do. Republicans as a rule expect to pay someone to provide a service for them, while Democrats expect services lo be free or subsidized. Why should sex be any different? Joe Quinn North Andover, Massachusetts
WHEN THE GREEN FLAG WAVES AT THE INDIANAPOLIS 500 ON MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, FEARLESS DRIVERS WILL BE GUNNING FOR VICTORY AT UNGODLY SPEEDS. HERE'S A LOOK AT INDY'S QUALIFYING LAP RECORD THROUGH THE YEARS
Comedy will be king at the box office this summer, and in case you haven't noticed, America's leading funnymen aren't getting any younger. Frankly, we didn't find most of them that sexy to begin with. June's bie releases mav need a lot of help from babes to overcome flimsy plots.
For the dipsophile—the lover of drink—Everyday Drinking: The Distilled Kmgsley Amis is highly recommended reading. A guide to beer, bitters and everything in between, it's crustily informative as only a late British novelist can be. Amis's frank instructions for making simple syrup, for example, begin, "Down a stiff drink and keep another by you to see you through the ordeal...." Many
To call bucks maligned would be harsh, so we'll euphemize by saying the quintessential college-preppy shoes are primed for a comeback. You may be surprised at how many shoe manufacturers are making bucks these days—like almost all of them. So don't call it a comeback. This is no time for excess; it's a time for belt-tightening and multitasking. That works for the buck and for the man who can't agonize over footwear: A pair of light-colored bucks will go with just about any trouser you wear from now until October.
In case you hadn t noticed, we re in the midst of an energy crisis. People are pooping out at parties—and someone's gotta do something about it. If you're not sure you'll last the night, down a Playboy Energy Drink for a boost, playboyenergy.com
(Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall. Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis) The long-running HBO series has been off the air since 2004, but now it's blown up for the big screen with its cast intact. The flick picks up the erotic crises of the four postfeminist Manhattan heroines a few years after the show's finale.
(Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth. William Hurt) This reboot of Marvel's superhero tale sends physicist Norton hunting for an antidote to the gamma radiation that has unleashed his inner angry monster. His ex (Tyler), a ruthless military man (Hurt) and a brilliant rival monster (Roth) pursue him with differing agendas.
(Adam Sandier, Rob Schneider. Emmanuelle Chriqui) Sandier plays Israel's top Mossad agent, who, fed up with his violent life, fakes his death and heads to NYC. There our hero becomes a hairstylist famed for giving female clients a little extra something, until his enemies track him down and ruin the party.
(Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel. John Leguizamo) Things go bump in the night and in the daytime, too, in the latest scary addition to M. Night Shyamalan's oeuvre. Wahlberg plays a teacher who goes on the run with his family when an environmental disaster threatens to engulf—and possibly end—the world.
Allen's worst nightmare: less than $1 million in box office and little critical love. Still, this mash-up of Dostoyevskian guilt and Shakespearean familial devotion is perfect date bait, with Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell as likable brothers who commit a desoicable crime. After Allen's Match
The more we see of Radha Mitchell, the more we want to. The underappreciated Aussie actress stands out in movies like High Art, Silent Hill and Pitch Black. As you can see in this picture from Feast of Love, Radha is a fulfilling main course. Catch her next as a nurse who saves orphans in the historical drama The Children of Huang Shi.
2006 Telltale has been releasing bite-size chunks of Sam and Max's point-and-click adventures, one of the few examples of a successful "episodic" game. This latest compilation contains the five episodes that constitute the second season and has the duo solving crimes that involve vampires, ravers, vampire ravers and of course
Movie tie-in games are orten a aicey ai-fair. Happily, Iron Man acquits itself decently, featuring voice work from the film's cast along with the ability to put Tony Stark's big metal American boot in the ass of several bad guys, both foreign and domestic. Quality combat and flight mechanics keep Iron Man free of
Hill fans, note: "Insane in the Brain" sounds amazing played by a mariachi band. The country version is also excellent. A mash-up of the two? Sublime. The absurdly entertaining premise here is that you and a friend control opposing bands performing the same song in conflicting genres—from metal to marching.
PS3) We II taKe Lebron, rvooe ana pais piay-ing in blinged-out mansions and penthouse rooftops over arena games any day. This b-ball romp lets you create a character for career mode or play friends in one-on-one, two-on-two or the uber-hectic one-on-one-on-one. The visuals are hot, as is Chuck D's commentary. Although the controls are
In The Chris Farley Show, editors Tom Farley Jr. (Chris's older brother) and Tanner Colby offer an oral history chronicling the explosive comedian's manic journey to Saturday Night Live stardom and his 1997 death at 33 of a drug overdose. Farley had no shortage of support, and admirers such as Chris Rock and Alec Baldwin marvel at his energy and devotion. Yet Farley resisted moderation and multiple interventions from family and friends. The compilation of direct quotes from his loved ones makes for powerful reading and provides a more forceful
YOU EXPECT A GPS system to tell you where to go. You may even expect it to play music or show video. You don't expect it to respond when you speak to it. That's because you haven't met Pioneer's AVIC-F500BT (pioneerelectronics.com). Tell it you're heading home and up pops a map. Dock your iPod and say "Led Zeppelin," and Physical Graffiti starts blasting. Bluetooth-synching your phone and saying "Call Mom" connects you with someone to tell you to turn it down. With the
PUNISHING A CAMCORDER is easy: Take it to the beach. You may want to capture the majesty of those migratory herds of wild bikini, but the gnarly combination of sand and saltwater is the natural predator of the species Handheldius videoticus. Avoid the heartache of seeing your shooter turn into an expensive paperweight by carrying Panasonic's SW20 ($400, panasonic.com), which is dust-proof, shockproof and waterproof up to five feet. Being tough doesn't mean it's light on features, with a lOx optical zoom, 2.6-inch display and start-up time of about half a second.
HISTORIANS HAVE LONG debated whether Christopher Columbus or Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos, but all agree it's a bitch to vacation down there on a professor's salary. Take the Grace Bay Club, for instance, a posh 11-acre beachfront resort on the island of Providenciales. During high season the cheapest room in the place goes for $900 a night (gracebayclub.com), or you can dump some serious cash into an offshore account (the one belonging to Grace Bay Club) and rent a penthouse suite for eight grand. Exotic amenities include Egyptian terry-cloth towels and Turkish stone flooring, as well as two world-class eateries and the longest bar in the Caribbean (pictured). Best of all, there's nary a pasty-skinned historian in sight.
CHARGING BATTERIES IS the gadget equivalent of the bathroom break. But while trips to the John don't require a special cord to get the job done, gadgets aren't so lucky. That is, unless you have a WildCharge adapter ($35, wildcharge.com) on your RAZR, BlackBerry or iPod, in which case you just lay it on a WildCharge pad to juice up. One pad ($60) will charge up to five gadgets at once, and adapters for more devices are in the works.
CALLED FROZEN SMOKE, aerogel is the lightest solid ever created. Though 99.8 percent air, it's also an effective insulator (it's used on spacecraft) and extremely strong. Dunlop has put the stuff in its latest rackets, enabling the company to create a high-stability ax that is exceptionally light and easy to control. James Blake currently clubs fools with the 2Hundred, shown here ($170, dunlopsport.com).
IF YOU'RE GOING to do just one thing, you had better do it really well. Heineken's mini keg has been on the market for a while, and now Krups has created the BeerTender ($300, heineken .com) to go with it. As you'd hope, this almost unnervingly purpose-built appliance chills and dispenses beer really well. Heineken's mini kegs feature an innovative system that keeps the interior air-free, allowing the beer to stay fresh for a month. But if beer routinely sticks around your house that long, you're probably not in the market for this wondrously specific device.
HEADPHONES GET HUNGRY sometimes. Take this pair, for example. One day they got mighty peckish and decided to eat an MP3 player whole. Not that we're complaining. To listen to music on Skull-candy's Double Agent ($100, skullcandy.com), all we need to do is load our favorite songs onto an SD card, slide that into the slot in the right ear cup and hit play. No extra device, no cable, just killer tunes in the old ear holes. We're hoping if we give them some time they'll work up an appetite and swallow our cell phone as well.
I met a gorgeous woman who is everything I want—smart, funny, talented and sexy. There is one problem, aside from my being married: She's gay. How do I reconcile mysell'to never having the kind of relationship I want with her? (1 don't merely want to fuck her; I want to love her.) I am sure thai telling her how 1 feel would end our friendship. She is not the first woman I have fallen for during the 20 years I've been married, just the first who is a lesbian. I suspect most, if not all, married men have these crushes. If the marriage is strong, the crush never goes beyond flirting. Am I attracted to this woman because I'm dissatisfied with my wife, or am I dissatisfied with my wife because I'm attracted to this woman? I suspect it's a little of both.—J.B., Miami, Florida ,-l.v \fin noli: spouses are occasionally smit-li'ii irilli these bittersweet /('dings /or an outsider—that's what makes marriage such a challenge. Ihe ass is always greener because no loni>-ti'nn relationshi/) can compete with tlie chemical rush oj new romance. Couple that with the longing created h\ this unatlain-ahle woman anil you re toast. I he Jail is, you don 'I need her as a friend—that's \our reptilian brain talking, not wanting to abandon anx chance, no matter how remote, o/ spreading xour seed. Ij you feel your marriage is broken and can 'I be fixed, leave first and then start dating, not the other way around.
Having grown up with a fundamentalist Protestant theology (in my case, Methodism), I was struck by John Banville's essay "My Apostasy" (February). The Protestant Reformation did not go far enough in delivering us
After reading the article by Dean Kuipers ("Unprotected Speech," February) 1 wonder what you are advocating. Are you advocating I go out and firebomb an abortion clinic or just teach someone else how to do it? Are you advocating that I blow up a Playboy Club or just deliver a speech about how to do it? Does your advocacy apply to every agenda or just your own? Please straighten me out. I need to know whom you would like me to firebomb. Gary Babington Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
I'm disappointed in your decision to publish Max Boettger's highly inflammatory letter ("Reader Response," March). I typically find your articles enlightening or at least thought-provoking, and while I don't always agree with them I rarely find them offensive. The same
The item on the revolving-door policy between big business and government was enlightening ("Newsfroni," March). The fact that dozens of top Bill Clinton-era officials went on to serve the entities they formerly regulated proves both parties are corrupt. The two-party monopoly in this nation is truly crooked.
I finally saw the December issue's Forum piece on the demise of the bomber force ("Bombers Away"). I am a former B-l weapons-systems officer; 10 years ago I retired from the Air Force after serving as a member of the first B-l operational crew force and flight-training squadron. I have watched with pride as the small B-l fleet repeatedly proved itself in combat over Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. In fact, Operation Iraqi Freedom confirmed what your Forum article suggests: B-ls flew only two percent of the total Allied combat air missions yet were responsible for the release of 2,100 JDAMs, half the number expended by all other aircraft combined. B-ls continue to fly missions each day over Afghanistan and Iraq in support of our Allied ground forces. Mark Anderson Edmond. Oklahoma
Washington, d.c—According to a congressionally mandated report on data-mining programs by the director of national intelligence, the U.S. intelligence community is developing software to monitor World of Warcraft and other large-scale role-playing games for terrorist activity. The project, dubbed Reynard, aims "to identify the emerging social, behavioral and cultural norms in virtual worlds and gaming environments" and then automatically detect "suspicious behavior and actions in the virtual world." This startling revelation was just one of several; other programs discussed in the report include the use of software to identify faces, events and objects in video, a surveillance system called Tangram and a tool to monitor databases.
london-A national campaign has been launched in the U.K. to combat ultrasonic crowd-dispersal devices, approximately 3,500 of which have been deployed since their invention, in 2006. The gadgets, called Mosquitos, use high-frequency noise audible only to people under the age of 25 to ward off teenagers in pedestrian areas, malls and shops. James Lowman, the head of the U.K.'s Association of Convenience Stores, defended the use of the devices: "Unfortunately, in many locations around the country retailers are victims of antisocial gangs of youths that congregate around their premises. These youths deter customers, intimidate staff and can commit vandalism and violence." But Sir Al Aynsley-Green, the children's commissioner for England, who has joined the call for a ban on Mosquitos, disagreed, saying, "These devices are indiscriminate and target all children and young people, including babies, regardless of whether they are behaving or misbehaving." His Scottish equivalent, Kathleen Marshall, echoed his statement, adding, "Their use would not be tolerated for any other section of our society. Young people have a right to assemble and socialize with their friends without being treated as criminals."
l'aquila. italy According to New Scientist magazine, a gynecological researcher using ultrasound scans has identified the anatomical basis of the G-spot. In women able to have orgasms without clitoral stimulation, the tissue of the front vaginal wall between the vagina and the urethra is thicker than in women unable to
If you're like me, you worry about the terrorists at home. You worry about the boys who turned your grandmama's neighborhood into a war zone, the ones who snuffed out NFL star Sean Taylor, leaving another black child fatherless, the people who invaded NBA forward Antoine Walker's home.
▲ High-end speakers are often made of titanium, gold and diamonds. These are. ahem, not. Made by Muji. a Japanese company known for economical and environmentally friendly products. Cardboard Speakers ($42 a pair, momastore .com) are the ultimate in no-frills audio. They are shipped flat, which reduces their carbon footprint even further. And they don't sound half bad. either.
PLAYBOY: Is print dead? MURDOCH: No, I don't for a minute believe it's dead. It's got a great future. Newspapers will change, but the business model is a good one. It's a great brand and an essential part of a community. Maybe we're getting to the point where you can drop the word paper. It can come out on paper, it can come out on the Internet, it can come out any number of ways, but it will be under your brand. PLAYBOY: People who buy newspaper companies are said to be foolish, vain or megalomaniacal. You're considered an exception because with Dow Jones you bought a brand and a source of content, not a newspaper. Is that valid? MURDOCH: Absolutely. I bought a brand, and I bought the newspaper that goes with it. which is a great newspaper. But it's a national newspaper and a niche newspaper, if you like. It will sell to 2 million of the most influential people in the country. A lot of newspapers will have to put out more editions and look after each niche in their community and involve readers more. Young readers today want to write themselves-they want to take part in the process.
Americans have learned one thing from Spitzer-gate—aside from the fact that the man was a two-faced moneybags who wanted to get caught—it's that we are living in a golden age of the call-girl business. Escorts appear on CNN and the Today show, talking candidly about their work. "What's next?" commented one writer post-Spitzer-gate. "American Escort, in which a dozen hookers demonstrate their talents in front of a panel of celebrity judges?" Not 10 years ago the idea of paying for sex conjured images of desperate women and roadside motels. The Internet has changed all that. The web has lubed the channels between supply and demand. The result is a swelling population of not so shady women choosing the oldest of professions, with a huge population of moneyed men willing to pay for their services. Right or wrong? Our governors and attorneys general will decide as soon as they've finished banging their high-priced dates. Meanwhile here's everything you ever wanted to know about call girls 2008.
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PMOY 2008 Jayde Nicole has been inducted into an elite group. Being from Canada puts Jayde in even more exclusive company: non-American PMOYs. We pride ourselves on finding the ideal giri next door, but in the global community, that occasionally means la fille d'a cote.
SCARLETT JOHANSSON: Give us a smooch. NATALIE PORTMAN: Not my bag, baby. SCARLETT: Are you nuts? Look at my boobs. NATALIE: I'll pass. SCARLETT: It'll get us onto playboy's Grapevine page. NATALIE: Oh, all right.
In a Playboy.com contest to win a test shoot for this very magazine, model SHAE NORRIS was the front-runner— only to be pipped at the post, poor thing. We invited her to make her nude debut in Grapevine, and she obliged. Enjoy.
CINDY MARGOLIS—MORE THAN 40 MILLION VISITORS HAVE ENLISTED AS FANS ON HER WEBSITE. AND EACH HAS FANTASIZED ABOUT DATING HER. WELL, ONE OF YOU WILL WIN THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE CINDY ON YOUR ARM AT A PLAYBOY MANSION PARTY. THE MILLIONS OF RUNNERS-UP WILL GET TO SEE HER STEAMY NEW PICTORIAL IN THE JULY ISSUE. YOU CANT LOSE.