Ashley Harkleroad's midriff-baring debut at the 2001 U.S. Open caused the Georgia peach to be called an American Anna Kournikova, but it's her technique that's heating up the women's tennis circuit now. Currently ranked fourth in the country (and 61st in the world), Harkleroad is a tough competitor known for her pinpoint ground strokes and astonishing quickness. Off the court, she happily showed more than her midriff to Senior Contributing Photographer Amy Frey-tag for her nude pictorial, Love, Ashley. "I'm a little more muscular than some girls, but that's who I am," she says. "You don't have to be waif-thin and have huge boobs to be sexy." And what does she hope her competitors' response to her pictorial will be? "I hope they say, Whoa, Ashley does have a great body! Now we know why she's so fast. "
Thank you for a fascinating I'laxboy Interview with journalist Farced Zakaria (May). He's right that the U.S. needs to embrace its immigrants as a source of strength. I am a college history instructor with students from Africa, Eastern Europe, China. Vietnam. Jordan. Egypt. India and Bangladesh. They have seen up close how a competitive election works, including how a candidate must explain in detail what he or she hopes to accomplish. They are observing how a multi-everything society works out its ethnic, religious, economic and cultural differences peacefully, if not always completely.
I love The Women of Putin's Russia (May). But when you compare the shot of'Olga Kurbatova on the cover with the one on page 109, it's obvious her bra is a masterwork of modern engineering. B.u ion Blackmail Raleigh, North Carolina
I was ecstatic to see The Last Days of Chris Farley in the May issue, as he is my favorite comedian. But when I shared my excitement with a girl I'm dating, her response was "Who?" Is her ignorance a deal breaker? I think so.
1 he venom Laura Kipnis unearths from right-wing Hillary Clinton biographies ('The Men Who Hale Hillary, May) is no surprise to Clinton's many supporters. The only journalists who did not turn against her are Kipnis and Bill Moyers of PBS.
It's August—what is that girlfriend/ wife/mistress of yours thinking? (Aside from the usual "Where is this relationship going?" stuff. Can't help you there, mate.) We pored over a stack of women's magazines, TiVo-ed Oprah and Tyra and even asked a couple of live females. Our findings:
Sorry, Stephen Colbert—the number one threat to America is not bears. This year is likely to be the worst in history for shark attacks, with early numbers rivaling those of 2001, the so-called year of the shark. That was when Volusia County, Florida, the shark-bite capital of the world, recorded 22 toothy attacks. Through early May of this year the area had already seen 11. In southern California hysteria ensued when a great white fatally bit a triathlete just 150 yards from land. The sharkophiles at UnderwaterTimes.com are keeping tabs—consider scanning their news feed before you end up as so much turf in the surf.
The Regeneration Tour, which brings Reagan-era acts to 22 cities in August, is not the summer's edgiest multi-artist event, but there's no denying it's the totally awesomest. You will of course hear chart-toppers like "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" by Belinda Carlisle and "Don't You Want Me" by the Human League, but it's the undercard that justifies the (reasonable anyway) ticket price: Naked Eyes doing "Always Something There to Remind Me," Dead or Alive doing "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)," A Flock of Seagulls doing "I Ran" and ABC doing whatever it was ABC did.
In Driftwood, Texas, 30 minutes outside Austin, you'll find what some call the best barbecue in the state at a restaurant called the Salt Lick. Texas barbecue, for the uninitiated, is not the pulled pork they love in Virginia and North Carolina. This is cow country, cowboy, and meat means beef brisket. Order the family-style dinner at saltlickbbq.com; a hundred bucks will get you a brisket as big as a phone book, a rack of pork ribs and two lengths of pork-and-beef sausage. They say it serves eight to 10 people, but lay out plenty of sides (beans, coleslaw, jalapeno cheese bread if you can find it) and beer (Shiner Bock, Pearl, Lone Star) and you may have enough grub for a bigger crowd than that. Garnish with Jerry Jeff Walker, Robert Earl Keen, Guy Clark and quite a bit of Willie.
(Summer Bishil, Aaron Eckhart, Toni Collette, Maria Bello) This quiet hand grenade of a movie lobbed by Alan Ball (the creator of Six Feet Under) has a young Arab American girl dealing with racism, her own awakening sexuality, an overbearing father, a screwup of a mother and a bigoted Army reservist and pedophile.
(David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Amanda Peet) The second big-screen version of the popular TV series has FBI agents Scully and Mulder being reluctantly lured back into action. The duo investigates the abduction of a group of women that may involve a mysterious creature on a killing rampage in Virginia's rural hills.
(Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr.) Stiller directs and stars in this action-comedy send-up about self-absorbed actors shooting an epic war film in Southeast Asia. When local drug lords mistake the celebrities for DEA agents and attack, the actors become convinced they're in a real war and react like stars in battle.
(Seth Rogen, James Franco, Rosie Perez) Comic genius Judd Apa-tow strikes again with this stoner-comedy, 1980s-style action flick featuring Rogen as a weed-loving process server who witnesses a murder, which lands him and his pot dealer Franco in the thick of a gang war involving a killer cop and a vicious drug lord.
In the month after appearing on The Colbert Report, Democratic candidates for elective office saw a 44% boost in j campaign donations. Republican candi- 1 dates who were guests experienced no rise or a slight decrease.
The number of practitioners listed on ecopsychology .org who say they offer counseling to people who are obsessed with or feel guilty about their own carbon emissions' contribution to global warming: 149.
WORN BY FIGHTER pilots, astronauts and bomb-squad technicians, Bell & Ross watches typically focus on reliability and legibility, often in a style some consider blunt. What a pleasant surprise, then, to find among its new offerings this delightful (if all but unattainable) flight of fancy, the BR Instrument Minuteur Tourbillon ($184,000, bellross.com), available in a limited run of 30. The priority is still time telling, but there's a delightful array of complications, including a tourbillon, an analog stopwatch, a separate seconds-counting dial and a power-reserve gauge.
WHILE TAKING AN art course during his junior year in college, Joey Roth designed a teapot. Bloggers discovered his sketches online and fell in love, sparking an avalanche of inquiries and order requests. In a bold move, instead of sheepishly telling people the teapot didn't exist, he went ahead and created the adorably different Sorapot ($200, sorapot.com). His success is a beacon for garage designers everywhere who have dreams of turning pro.
ALL-IN-ONE computers have been around for a while. So have touch screens. The real mystery is why we don't see them together more. Take HP's TouchSmart PC ($1,600, hp.com): While you can work just fine with the included wireless keyboard and mouse, it's far more fun to stash those primitive tools in a drawer and use the TouchSmart as your personal info kiosk. Whether you're
AFTER BEING BLAMED for everything from madness and suicide to awful poetry, absinthe was outlawed in most places by the early 1900s. It has enjoyed a romantic and dangerous reputation ever since. Remind you of any rock stars? Marilyn Manson has long been a fan of the anise-and-wormwood scapegoat, so much so that he has spent the past few years fine-tuning his own brand with a Swiss distiller. Called Mansinthe ($56, mansinthe.com), it's the real deal, which means real wormwood and a high thujone (the reviled psychoactive chemical in wormwood) content. It probably won't drive you insane, but all the same, stay off the poetry.
Every time I read about a famous person like Max Mosley, president of the motor-racing organization FIA, having a sadomasochistic sex orgy, I wonder how pain is related to pleasure. I let my husband spank me because it turns him on, but it does nothing for me. It seems counterintuitive thai pain can bring pleasure. Is there a physiological reason for this, or is it all psychological? Why are these two sensations connected?—L.M., Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Is Eric Alterman's article ("Why We Loathe Liberals") in the May 2008 Forum supposed to constitute meaningful political discourse? I couldn't tell. One thing that annoys me is the manner—the all-pervasive sarcasm; the insulting, venomous language— in which he belittles those who may disagree with him before they can even respond to his charges. Another annoyance is the way Alterman seems to be simply ranting to like-minded individuals who already agree with his thesis. I am extraordinarily disappointed with playboy's lapse of journalistic integrity in publishing such irresponsible work.
Kudos to HH and imavisov lor giving space to the Libertarian Party. In a world where the media hate us—I don't know why; I think we make sense—Hef has the balls to shed some light on our parly. Bui then he has always had big balls in the way he has a weed up the ass of convention and the status quo. Our party has many members who. like Hef, are leaders in a world of followers. Most people think we are a bunch of
I love Susan Jacoby's editorial regarding this country's lack of readers ("Zero-Narrative Nation." April). A friend of mine owns a small bookstore named Prospero's Books in Kansas City. Missouri. The shop's logo is the word rk.ad on a .static-filled TV screen, and one of its mottoes is a quote from Joseph Brodsky: "There arc worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them." Last year, dismayed that he was unable to give away books he no longer had room for (many were best-sellers) and to call attention to the scarcity of readers in the United Slates, the owner held a book burning that made international headlines.
in The British Olympic Asso-on is placing a gag order on its athletes. "British athletes will have to sign a contract promising not to comment on any politically sensitive issues," according to a spokesman for the body. Violators will be barred from events and sent home. Critics are drawing parallels to a 1938 soccer match before which the English national team agreed to line up and perform a Nazi salute at the Berlin Olympic Stadium. "The British Olympic Association's squalid attempt to suppress legitimate criticism of the Chinese regime by British athletes is a timely wake-up call for all of us who thought sucking up to dictators was something we had left behind in the 1930s," wrote David Mellor, a columnist for the U.K. Daily Mail.
los angeles A private company has set up an online forum to assess the quality of police behavior. The website's mission statement reads, "Prior to the launch of Ratemycop.com, people had no way to provide feedback about officers who are being paid by tax dollars. It is the hope of the site's founders that citizens and departments alike will use this powerful tool as a way of monitoring police performance." Founder Gino Sesto requested names and badge numbers of nonundercover police from across the country and compiled the publicly available data on the website, where users can rate their experiences with individual officers. Despite such high-profile incidents as the shooting by NYPD officers of unarmed Sean Bell on his wedding day and the surfacing of a video of Philadelphia cops kicking and beating suspects, police groups have complained the forum allows the public to unfairly malign officers. Now the site is having trouble finding web-hosting services.
Arlington. Oregon Carmen Kontur-Gronquist, the former mayor of this tiny Columbia River town, has filed a lawsuit alleging fraud in the recall vote that ousted her earlier this year. The referendum was triggered by complaints about bra-and-pantie shots the 42-year-old single mayor posted of herself on her MySpace page in an effort to improve her social life. "Those photos have nothing to do with my abilities as mayor," Kontur-Gronquist said at the time of the complaints. She narrowly lost the vote, 142 to 139, and now alleges that mail-in bal-
mumbai-To increase the entertainment at cricket matches in the top-level Indian Premier League, promoters have brought in cheerleaders, including some from the Washington Redskins pep squad. Although many groups, including Bollywood and the National Commission for Women, support the league, the junior interior minister of the state of Ma-
Washington, dc The Supreme Court has upheld an Indiana law mandating that citizens produce state-issued photo ID before being allowed to vote, despite noting that the state has never suffered from the type of fraud the law is intended to combat. Justice John Paul Stevens, while agreeing with the majority, wrote, "The record contains no evidence of any such fraud actually occurring in Indiana at any time in its history."
<p>Doll Face is what the closest of Kayla Collins's friends call her. but that hasn't freed her from the burden of working for her daily bread, or ice cream. "I've worked at ice cream shops since I was 14," she says, which has given her certain insights into what her customers prefer. I'm sure men had fantasies about their little Friendly's waitress," she says. "Now I'm going to confirm them all."</p>
Sure, Law tf Order is ripped from today's headlines, but mercifully few of us can relate to being the victim of a violent crime. In the Motherhood could touch a lot more people. It's a series based on the lives of real moms: They write scripts, then send them to inthemotherhood.com; the best are made into short webisodes. The three main on-screen mothers are played by Leah Remini, Chelsea Handler and our Miss October 1993 Jenny McCarthy. Jenny's character is the well-manicured Kelly, who
Miss December 2001 Shanna Moakler was at L.A.'s Key Club in April to reprise her role in its production of the hit off-Broadway comedy PIECES (of Ass). The provocative interactive show tackles the perks and pressures of being pretty. Rotating cast members have included Rachel Hunter, Brooke Burke and Jamie-Lynn Sigler. While the show's title may at first sound crude, Shanna, who got to write her own sketch, calls the experience empowering.
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In Rome's municipal elections, veteran porn star MILLY D'ABBRACCIO ran as a Socialist. "Enough of these ass faces," proclaimed her poster, and in interviews she described herself as the der-riere of her party.
For all you guys forced by wives girlfriends to watch the show: Yes, we agree that a Women of Dancing With trie Stars pictorial is a great idea, 're on the .Does that mean this peek " nKARINA IIRNOFF's s is a sneak preview? We're not telling.
Little is known about MENA SUVARI's boyfriend. Gossip columnists say only "dancer Simone Sestito." Here's our try at specificity: close-cropped, dagger-tongued, well-inked, huge-watched, saggy-pantsed madras-tastic dancing butt squeezer Simone Sestito. Oh, that guy.
We couldn't believe TINA (ONES didn't even make the finals of the Page 3 Idol contest held by U.K. tabloid The Sun. (See May's Grapevine for the winner.) She says she's "well chuffed" about appearing in playboy.