Neanderthal Love (March) is interesting but disappointing. I had hoped for a more honest account of how early Homo sapiens were essentially aggressive chimpanzee hybrids that eliminated every group unfortunate enough to cross their path. It's amazing to see writers and scientists twist themselves into knots to deny our ancestors' complicity in the Neanderthals' extinction. The zoologist Desmond Morris summed up our continued denial in a sentence: "Our climb to the top has been a get-rich-quick story and, like all nouveaux riches, we are very sensitive about our background." Given the wars, genocide, self-deception, corruption and venality plaguing our species, it appears nothing will change until we take off our blinders about our true nature. Charles Lyell Glen Cove, New York
Playmate Ashley Mattingly (Strength and Beauty, March) has a nice high kick, but she needs to work on her punches. If she hits anyone with her wrist bent as it is in the photo on page 60, the only person she's going to hurt is herself. Shari Prange Bonny Doon, California
As an African American woman I almost wept while reading the Playboy Interview with Lamar Odom of the Los Angeles Lakers (February). Once again a prominent black male marries a white woman and plunges a dagger of indifference into the hearts of his black sisters. How can he speak with love and sensitivity for his wife while figuratively slapping all black women in the face?
Deepak Chopra says it angers him that I and other skeptics call him Dr. Woo and accuse him of practicing "woo woo." But the first time I heard this phrase used in association with Chopra was from Deepak himself. Woo woo is the practice of stringing together scientific-sounding but meaningless words, such as "acausal nonlocal superposition of possibilities" and "quantum consciousness." Here's a gem of Deepakese from a debate we had on Larry King Live about "near-death experiences": "There are traditions that say the in-body experience is a socially induced collective hallucination. We do not exist in the body. The body exists in us. We do not exist in the world. The world exists in us." Or this nugget: "Birth and death are space-time events in the continuum of life. So the opposite of life is not death. The opposite of death is birth. And the opposite of birth is death. And life is the continuum of birth and death, which goes on and on." Unless such concepts can be attributed to an underlying causal mechanism in the brain subject to scientific testing, they are not science but pseudoscience.
I find your articles interesting and informative. I also love the odd stats and the Playboy Forum. But I am disgusted by the lines in Just Win, Baby! (February) in which A.J. Daulerio writes that he would "express undying devotion" to quarterback Michael Vick "even if he were to gut a border collie in the end zone. This guy will win us two Super Bowls, I thought. Fuck the dogs!" Vick killed lots of dogs. Why doesn't that bother the author or other NFL fans? Christine Blank Kansas City, Kansas
Thanks for your article on Bob Probert (The Berserker of Hockeytoxim, February). I'm sorry it couldn't have been done without mentioning the punk Tie Domi. More than once I saw him skate away only to confront a lesser opponent.
The body of my half brother Jeff Kline was found in 2007 buried under the patio slab of a house in Costa Rica where he had rented a room from the serial killer William Holbert and Laura Reese before they moved to Panama (Wild Bill, March). Without the diligent work of investigator Don Winner at Panama-Guide.com, we would never have known Jeff's fate nor
You claim in March that Johnny Cash "sold his soul to the devil long ago" ("Here's]ohnny," After Hours). Cash battled his share of demons, but he was a gentle, generous, considerate and deeply religious man who left with his soul intact. Max Mandel Stephens City, Virginia
Sophie Turner is the rare model who can represent you in a court of law. "People don't believe me when I tell them I'm a lawyer," she says. "I've played chess in the middle of a bar to prove my intelligence." In 2000 she entered the Australian reality-TV competition Search for a Supermodel and won a contract with Ford Models. "But I always wanted to be a lawyer, so I went to school while I worked," she says. "I'd sit in makeup chairs and study and write papers during flights." Currently Sophie is a correspondent on the Logo talk show The Gossip Queens, and she has major TV and movie roles in the works, meaning her legal career is on hold—for now. "Eventually I'll be an entertainment lawyer," she says. "It's the perfect career for me." No objections, counselor.
He was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, and as a lad he moved from his blue-collar town to London to chase dreams on the big screen, naming himself after the movie The Caine Mutiny. Of all Michael Caine's early films, Get Carter (1971) best melds the grit of his youth with timeless British style. Gangster Jack Carter returns to his hometown to avenge his brother's murder-wearing a suit to die for.
We hereby take a stand against anti-spa propaganda. Spas are not manly? Spas are for the meek and feminine? Rubbish! Nothing revives a man like a massage with whiskey to follow. Pictured: the Anara at the Grand Hyatt Kauai in Hawaii (anaraspa.com). Just Jqoking at it makes the knots in 01
American Apparel's ad campaigns over the years have left us breathless and, on occasion, in stitches. (A recent one uses porn stars such as Sasha Grey as models without identifying them.) Have the ads made us buy American Apparel clothing? Nope. But we dig them. The latest (above): a painting by veteran erotic artist Boris Lopez. Delicious.
For his new book, Clam Shack: The Ultimate Guide to New England's Most Fantastic Seafood Eateries, Mike Urban cruised up and down the Northeast coast, eating his research. Packed with photos of salty seaside haunts and wisdom from fry guys and fishermen alike, the book is a summer vacation all its own. Here's a clam chowder recipe he snagged from Bob's Clam Hut in Kittery, Maine as an appetizer.
Albert Minott's weathered jaw could hardly contain his smile when Minott—lead singer of the Jamaican mento band the Jolly Boys—stepped onto the stage in February for the band's first-ever New York show. Hard to believe, given the band formed in the 1950s in Port Antonio, Jamaica and helped shape the island's reggae sound. They were named by Errol Flynn. Still based in Port Antonio, the Jolly Boys will release their first studio record in 20 years in the U.S. this spring. Keep your eye on jollyboysmusic.com for more tour dates.
Ralph Lauren keeps his collection of super-rare rides in a Westchester County, New York garage that he calls DAD (for his kids, David, Andrew and Dylan). No offense, but you're not invited. On April 28, however, the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris will open the show the Art of the Automobile: Masterpieces From the Ralph Lauren Collection. Above are a few of our favorite Lauren rollers, all of them darn near priceless. If you're reading this, Ralph, hand us some keys, would ya?
When Sam Galsworthy and Fairfax Hall launched their new gin, Sipsmith (sipsmith.com), in 2009, the handcrafted custom copper pot still you see here became the first still registered in London in 189 years. Affectionately named Prudence, the still quietly churns out top-notch London dry gin in the neighborhood of Hammersmith. Sip-smith will soon makes its way to the U.S.
You might expect an epic, live-action version of Marvel Comics' Thor directed by Oscar nominee and famed Shakespearean Kenneth Branagh to be elevated and possibly stodgy, but you'd be wrong—even with a blue-chip cast that includes Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman and Stellan Skarsgard. In the title role is Australian actor Chris Hemsworth as the cocky, hammer-happy Norse god-warrior banished to Earth. Branagh has said that Thor—for all its high-
If you think this is yet another Oscar-winning period piece, be assured it is no pretender to the throne. Charming, brilliant performances from Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush elevate this tale of the stammering Duke of York (and future King George VI), who desperately needs a speech therapist's aid. The simple-sounding premise transforms into a painful scrutiny of royal life, as well as a subtle tearing down of British class distinctions at a time when nationalist ones were being forcibly imposed across pre-World War II Europe. It may not look as angst-ridden as its Oscar brethren, but 2010"s best picture has plenty of gravitas...and a royally wicked sense of humor to boot. Best extras: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain a commentary by director Tom Hooper and archival footage of the actual
Madchen Amick is best known for serving cherry pie and steaming coffee as waitress Shelly Johnson on David Lynch and Mark Frost's cult TV series Twin Peaks. In 1994's Dream Lover (pictured) she makes steam as the titular object of James Spader's affections. Amick is sure to arouse even more sinful thoughts in the horror film Priest.
You re known as a singer and as Bob Marley's oldest child, and now you're known for your comic book, Marijuanaman. What are the title character's superpowers? He obviously can fly. [laughs] Another power is his intuition, his inner consciousness. He lives in a village called Exodus, a reference and an homage to my father. Does Marijuanaman ever get the munchies?
Based on the hugely popular fantasy book series, HBO's latest (and perhaps most lavish) drama mashes up the Middle-earth vibe of Lord of the Rings with the family politics of The Sopranos. After an early scene involving decapitations and zombie-like creatures, the pace slows considerably as we watch the Stark and Lannister families move toward inevitable war. The palace intrigue is compelling, the violence beautifully filmed and the sex gratuitous
What is the proper way to taste test scotch?—R.S., Logan, Utah The traditional method is to look, sniff, cup and sip. First, hold the glass up to check the whiskey's color, which it picks up from the barrel during aging. A lighter color usually suggests the scotch was aged in a bourbon cask and a darker color in a sherry cask. A tulip-shape glass or brandy snifter will assist you when you "nose" the scotch. You may notice an earthy smell or aromas of vanilla, caramel, florals, spices or fruits. Next, cup the glass in your hand to warm the whiskey. Most people add at least a few drops of water to open the flavor and because most whiskey at proof strength will numb your tongue. Finally, take a large sip and try to deled the flavors as it rolls over your tongue. Also pay attention to the taste after you swallow, known as the "finish." The best way to sample a number of scotches without risking $60 to $80 on a bottle is to organize a tasting party with friends—everyone brings a bottle to share and/or contributes to the pot to buy a bottle no one has tried. Take notes as you try each scotch, because your memory at the end of the night won't be as sharp as when you arrived.
a brisk afternoon in early January, I met Ahmed Salah on a busy street corner in downtown Cairo along the Nile River. I was interviewing Egyptians for a newspaper story about the epidemic of sexual harassment in the capital, and a journalist friend had recommended I hire Salah to translate. 'Just don't take him to any smoky cafes," my friend said, "because he hates cigarette smoke." In two-pack-a-day Cairo, I thought, this was a bit like meeting an LA. resident who deplored sunshine. When Salah showed up, however, I saw that he had a persistent wheeze, and he explained that it came from spending many nights sleeping on cold bare floors in Egyptian police detention.
t may be easier if we start with who you think James r Edward O'Keefe III is. My guess is this will depend on your political persuasion and media diet. If you lean to the right and keep your television tuned to Fox News, O'Keefe is the YouTube generation's preeminent muckraker, willing to enter the dregs of the
Playmate of the Year 2010 Hope Dworaczyk and playboy cover model Kelly Brook teamed up at the Funky Buddha in London to launch the Playboy Energy Drink across the pond. Kelly accentuated her curves with a side-revealing dress, while Hope (who lost her luggage on the flight over) was able to find a sexy strapless number in a pinch. The airline took
1 he running debate in Header Response about Hitler's political leanings cannot be constructive unless everyone agrees on what they mean by liberal and conservative. Historically, I think Hitler would
The source of the problems Gerard Prunier depicts in "Hotel Congo" (February) lies not in the "darkness" of men's hearts. It's more prosaic but no less damning: a government unsuited to the challenges facing this vast African country. Huge distances and a threadbare infrastructure keep the Congo's diverse regions isolated and fearful of one another. With security forces either absent or predatory, violence and corruption are rampant. Meanwhile, rich natural resources offer powerful incentives for any group that can organize to exploit institutional weaknesses. The east is especially vulnerable because the government, headquartered 1,500 miles away, is almost nonexistent there. The only hope is a dramatic reorganization that empowers provincial governments