You hold in your hands the issue containing the fourth and final installment of National Book Award winner Denis Johnson's serialized work of fiction Nobody Move. The gritty noir novel, written for us on deadline, will be published between book covers by Farrar, Straus and Giroux next spring. "I've never written anything this fast, in just a few months," says the author of Tree of Smoke and the short-story collection Jesus' Son. "I've had the basic concept in mind for quite a long time, but getting it on paper this quickly was something new for me." So what will the author, who divides his time between Idaho and Arizona with his wife, do now that the ride is over? "I'm going back to a couple of literary novellas I've been tinkering with for decades," he says. "I'll probably have to tinker with them for a few more."
I Imind your Hti\lx>\ Interview with Dr. Drew Finsky (July) to be entertaining, and many of his comments—especially about dating—are quite insightful. Further, his zero-tolerance position with his own kids is on the mark, based on evidence that suggests using drugs and alcohol before the frontal lobes are fully developed can have long-term effects. 1'insky hints at a growing view among
Like Robert Johnson at the crossroads. David Hans Schmidt (The Shameless Life and Sensational Death of the Sleaziest Man in Hollywood. July) thought he could strike a deal with the devil. They were both wrong. Ken Stum Phoenix, Arizona
Many skeptics share Bill Maher's thoughts on the foibles of religion (Religion It)I, July). But oddly, he doesn't address the authenticity of the major religion steeped in blood that has familiarized us with the words jihad, infidel and martyr. Aubrey Wassyng Boston, Massachusetts
uur uiris or we aig lu picionar has us craving bratwurst, that classic Midwestern pregame fare. The gourmets at bratwurstpages .com have two rules: Eat the sausages on Sheboygan hard rolls and never, ever defile them with yellow mustard. So what is acceptable? Savory beer sauce—here's the recipe (covers 10 brats): 2 14.5 oz. cans stewed tomatoes 2 12 oz. beers 1 large onion, chopped 1 green pepper, chopped 1 tablespoon brown sugar Mix ingredients and bring to a simmer. Keep grilled brats in sauce until ready to eat. Do not let sauce boil.
Accidents happen, even to good wine. If one bottle in a case of 12 breaks, wine stores and restaurants are reluctant to take the other 11 because they don't want to display or sell bottles that have less than pristine labels. Enter the Accidental Wine Company (accidental wine.com). The online shop buys unwanted bottles of perfectly good wine (often with perfectly good labels), groups them according to relative quality and ships them to adventurous oenophiles at extremely reasonable prices. Cheers to that.
In the book Getting Into Guinness Larry Olmsted documents his attempts to achieve immortality. As he explains, few people can hope to top mainstream records (face it, reader, you'll never beat Robert Wadlow's height of eight feet 11.1 inches), so setting a new record based on an existing one can be a cheaper ticket to fame. Here's Olmsted's advice:
Chalk up Batman's current popularity to Frank Miller, Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan, but let's not write off the campy 1960s TV show. Doing so would risk writing off our dear friend Julie Newmar, the original Catwoman. She recently reminded us of an unpublished pictorial she posed for in the early 1970s. We should have peeked under that catsuit years ago.
Two items of note for collegians: •Playboy is accepting more campus reps than ever before, in five concentrations: Playboy Style forthe fashion-conscious, Playboy U for social networkers, Playboy Mobile for gadget geeks, Rock the Rabbit for music lovers and the original Playboy Magazine for those interested in the periodical you're reading right now. Sign up at playboyu.com. •Aspiring Updikes should enter playboy's 24th Annual College Fiction Contest. The winning story will be published in playboy— details at playboy.com/cfc.
VISIT PLAYBOY'S expanded games universe at playboy .com/games, featuring additional reviews of paint-splattered platformer De Blob (Wii), the tiny adventures of Lego Batman (all platforms) and off-road racer Pure (360, PC, PS3).
Talk about bad luck. Ornithologists estimate that in the United States at least 100 million birds are killed each year by colliding with windows and glass doors. The poor bastards never see it coming.
lo help them cope witn the polar winter's total darkness (or at least stay warm at night), the skeleton crew of 125 at the McMurdo research base In Antarctica receives an annual supply of 16,500 condoms, or 132 for each resident.
When TheLadders.com asked business executives to name the worst fireable offenses in the workplace, 35% said drinking on the job, 38% cited cursing and other lewd behavior, and 28% said making too many personal calls. 98% of nonexec-utives consider stealing from the office refrigerator to be among the worst office sins.
NOSTALGIA IS THE natural enemy of novelty. Sure, wearing Grandpa's Rolex feels good, but it can also make you look like a bit of a relic yourself. Bellum (bellumconcepts .net) lets you have it both ways. The company specializes in updating vintage watches with modern accoutrements, from laser etching to stingray-skin bands. Finished watches run anywhere from $4,000 to $20,000, and you can send in vour own vintaae timeDiece for a 21st centurv
THERE ARE NOW 17 hojillion iPod-dock stereo systems on the market. This is the one to get. It's from Chestnut Hill, so impeccable sound is a given. But the George system ($500, chillsound.com) is far more than a set of speakers. Its primary control panel is a remote (the middle piece is removable) that gives you total iPod mastery (not just back, forward, play and pause) wherever you roam. That the remote doubles as an alarm clock is icing on the cake. Miles Davis in the morning will change your whole day.
OVER THE PAST few years a new category of cameras has emerged on the market. You can call them souped-up point-and-shoots or stripped-down SLRs, but at the end of the day classification is superfluous—the point is they offer a unique blend of features, convenience and price. Take Olympus's 10-megapixel SP-565 UZ ($400, olympus .com), which has a fixed lens but all the manual control of an SLR, plus a 20X optical zoom. Most surprising of all, when its lens is retracted, it will fit in your pocket without making you look like Quasimodo.
ONCE IN A while you find something you didn't know you wanted all your life until you learned it existed. So it was when we stumbled on Dale Mathis's Executive Desk ($20,000, theartof dalemathis.com), which marries the gears and rotors of a 19th century factory with Dali-esque 20th century baroque surrealism to give you a space on which to do your 21st century business. Inspired by hot rods, cranes, Edison and Freud, Mathis, a self-taught Las Vegas-based sculptor, hand makes all his pieces, sometimes
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SCIENCE OVER SOUND BITE: AMANDA PEET STICKS TO HER GUNS
shing to see a celebrity stand her ground on a science question—particularly when so many politicians and public intellectuals seem to be running scared on such issues. In an interview in Cookie maeazine.
new YORK- Acrimonious celebrity divorce cases come and go. But the recent legal wrangling between 1980s supermodel Christie Brinkley and her fourth ex-husband, Peter Cook, left a bad taste in our mouth. It had nothing to do with the particulars of the case but with an expert witness who used several innocuous facts—Cook has slept with 35 partners and likes to view Internet porn—to pathologize sex and desire. Dr. Stephen Herman, a psychiatrist, described Cook using terminology one might expect in a depiction of mental illness—"impulsive, self-destructive, possibly compulsive"—and seemed to suggest he was an unfit father. Herman would do well to check out another recent case, an obscenity trial in Florida in which defense lawyer Lawrence Walters is using Google data to try to establish a more honest community standard, the very flexible legal yardstick used to define obscenity. Walters has shown that in the region where the trial is taking place, Google searches for "orgy" outnumber those for "apple pie" and "watermelon," among other terms. Using the Google data, he hopes to show "how people really think and feel and act in their own homes." We're betting they act about like Peter Cook.
Washington. D.c. A Homeland Security official has expressed interest in a new technology for airline travel: a bracelet that can be used in lieu of a boarding pass. Each electronic ID bracelet would contain personal data about the traveler wearing
Cincinnati Two recent lawsuits highlight attempts by ordinary citizens to avoid the effects of creeping conservatism. One, brought by the manager of an adult-oriented boutique in Cincinnati, targets a new Ohio law that forces anyone convicted of distributing obscene material—whether porn videos or even the magazine now in
ottawa An intellectual-property lawyer in Canada has questioned whether the U.S. military owes royalties to songwriters such as David Gray, whose "Babylon" is said to be commonly used in Guantanamo and elsewhere to break interrogation subjects. The lawyer, Howard Knopf, says U.S. copyright holders such as BMI and ASCAP pursue similar gray-area royalties by trying to get
Montgomery county, texas-It has become routine for police authorities to seize cash and other assets from suspected drug traffickers and money launderers without establishing guilt or tying the money to the suspected crimes. The policy—obviously wrong from the start— is lately attracting attention after a series of scandals prompted inquiries into where the assets end up. While federal seizures are put into a specific fund, state laws vary. In Texas it has emerged
f Kristy Morgan learned anything from her adventure this summer on A Shot at Love II With Tila Tequila, it's that hell hath no fury like a reality-TV diva scorned. The show was a typical Sache/or-style exercise in romantic Darwinism but with a twist: Object of desire Tila Tequila (pictured above), a bisexual, had men and women compete for her affection. When the dust settled, Kristy had outlasted 29 other contestants. Tila was hers—yet she turned down the star of the show. Tila didn't take the news well; after telling Kristy she felt humiliated she walked off the set. Both ladies came to the reunion show with axes to grind, and their confrontation ended with an exchange of expletives and Tila reprising her stormy exit. "The reality of love is that it's confusing," Kristy explains. Although the show has helped elevate her profile and made her the subject of watercooler conversations, she isn't eager to repeat the experience. "I'd never do another reality dating show," she says emphatically, but she doesn't rule out a return to TV. "I would love to host or do something funny. Just because I'm a blonde with big boobs doesn't mean I don't have a personality."
You need a frosty one right now, but everything the store has is warm. Your fridge is useless for this one. Physics prof J.H. Page of the University of Manitoba tells us to fill a bucket with ice and water, salt liberally, toss
Cocktail master Dale DeGroff, whose book The Essential Cocktail comes out this month, tells us to tailor our party drinks to the time of year. For the fall, he recommends his harvest moon punch. Combine a gallon of apple cider, six cin-
Rule one: Don't freak out. The Playboy Advisor tells us. "It happens to almost every man at some point. The big danger is getting upset. That can make you self-conscious next time and create the same problem again. Relax. You're still in bed with a naked woman; I'm sure you can find something to do. The best remedy is to remind yourself, as things heat up, to slow down and focus on giving her pleasure. If you go too soon, she probably won't care too much as long as you get her off afterward. And doing that may get you ready to go for round two, now that the 'easy one' is out of the way."
If the stadium allows sealed bottles, you can pull a Sleazy Jesus (a.k.a. Sleazus) and turn water into gin. Make a small clean hole near the ridge underneath an intact water bottle, then use a syringe to draw out the water
Jim Larson, one of playboy s resident photo gurus, tells us presentation is everything. He's talking about you, not your photos, of course: "If she thinks you're a pro with a lens, you stand a much better chance of her saying yes when the subject arises. Carrying an impressive-looking piece of gear helps too, and you should know your way around it without fumbling. If you have a tripod or other equipment handy, that will increase her comfort level, even if you don't use it. Lighting often separates good photography from bad. You probably don't have
Barbara Kafka wrote the classic Microwave Gourmet back when the strange humming boxes were regarded with distrust. They've lost their stigma now, and you can get great food out of them with a minimum of effort. "Vegetables work wonderfully, as does bacon cooked between stacks of paper towels." says Kafka. She gave us some guidance
<p>Something special is happening in Florida: Flip through your playboy issues of the past few years and you'll notice a surprising number of Sunshine Staters appearing as the Centerfold. The latest is Kelly Carrington, who was born in New York and spent a couple of years in Sweden before putting down roots in the small seaside town of Stuart, Florida. (Also known as—anyone? Anyone? The Sailfish Capital of the World.) "Everyone there is passionate about the ocean, whether it's deep-sea fishing, water sports or just congregating on sandbars and islands," says Kelly. "Every weekend I was out on my dad's boat, or in high school I'd go out on my friends' boats.' On dry land the 22-year-old studies public relations at the University of Florida and gives it up big-time for the Gators. "The best thing about my college is football season," she says. "People get dolled up for the games and decked out in orange and blue. Everyone tailgates. It's the thing to do here." Though she loves being in the stands on game day. Kelly isn't afraid to step into the arena: She's an accomplished athlete who played lacrosse and volleyball competitively. "In eighth grade I won a four-foot trophy as female athlete of the year," she recalls. "It's my most prized possession."</p>
Odds the Patriots wilt go undefeated this year, according to BetUS: 15 to 1. Thej have the weakest schedule, facing team: with an average .387 winning percentage last year. The Steelers have the tough: est schedule, facing opponents with a( average .598 winning percentage.
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You've seen what the Big 10 currently offers, but the powerhouse conference has long had a knack lor turning out Playmates. Sally Sarell was born in .Vshtabula. Ohio, spent some time in Finland and then attended OSU. Heidi Becker is another world traveler, born in Austria only to at-
The Brst year is always the toughest for bars and eateries—26 percent of new restaurants close within the first 12 months—so the Pub at Gateway Village in Charlotte, North Carolina spared no expense when it celebrated its one-year anniversary. The establishment flew in PMOY 2007 Sara Jean Underwood to bend an elbow with its faith-