You report in Raw Data (March) that about 50 percent of scientists practice some sort of faith. What is the source? A survey published in Nature found only seven percent of scientists in the National Academy of Sciences and less than 40 percent of all scientists believe in a personal god.
In "Tease Frame" (After Hours, April) you say Neve Campbell first appeared nude in / Really Hale My Job (2007). But she also appeared nude in When Will I Be Loved, from 2004. I guess James Toback brings out the best in some people. Greg Nisnievich New York, New York
1 was in London on December 9, during the madness Will Self describes in Dancing in the Streets (April). The coalition of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats lied to gain students' trust, then screwed us over. The violence was unnecessary and regrettable, but I think you will see more of it here and elsewhere. People feel betrayed.
Props to Sheryl Nields for her unique and bold cover shot and pictorial of Hawaii Five-O's Taryn Manning (Taryn It Up, April). I love the attitude Manning shows, and the photos are sexy retro. Haley Chambers South Point, Ohio
At just under five feet, British glamour model Katie Downes is living proof that good things come in small packages. "I'm not six feet tall like most models, but I love posing nude and putting myself out there," she says. "It makes me feel sexy and womanly." Across the pond, the diminutive Liverpool native often appears in such popular lad magazines as Nuts and Loaded; she also starred on the U.K. reality show Poor Little Rich Girls. "I swapped places with a toilet cleaner for a week, and it opened my eyes to a lot of things—not that I come from a posh background, but sometimes you don't realize how lucky you are. So I'm glad I did the show." We're grateful it was only a temporary career change.
Restaurateurs have breathed fresh air into the Hollywood dining scene. We've tasted it all, and here are our favorites: II Covo in West Hollywood, new Italian fare from nightlife impresario Sean MacPherson; II Sole, a newly remodeled classic on Sunset Boulevard; and Public Kitchen and Bar (pictured) in the Hollywood Roosevelt (go for the pork schnitzel).
The movie Chinatown (1974) will be remembered as Jack Nicholson's finest performance and director Roman Polanski's greatest film. The brilliant costume design of Anthea Sylbert, however, is often overlooked (she received an Oscar nod for the film). What private dick J.J.G
To get our hands on chef Bradford Thompson's hallowed jerk chicken recipe, we had to practically mug the guy. But we got it! Thompson runs the kitchen at Serge Becker's new SoHo Jamaican hot spot, Miss Lily's, where the walls are covered with vintage LPs and the beer is ice-cold. The chef has also launched Jule's Gourmet, specializing in Jamaican sauces. Here's the jerk sauce, perfect for summer grilling.
On June 11, at three p.m. Paris time, the 24 Hours of Le Mans will start, kicking off one of the greatest rivalries in international sport. The Germans (specifically Audi, debuting the new R18 TDI this year, pictured) will battle the French (Peugeot's new 908) in the ultimate competition of speed, endurance and engineering. Last year Peugeot was faster, but not one of the four cars it entered survived to the end, and Audi took the checkered flag. Who'll come out on top in 2011? Tune in to the action on the Speed channel.
The best new golf course in the U.S. is Old Macdonald at the Bandon Dunes resort in Oregon. Although it opened last year, few have played it. The course will host the U.S. Amateur Public Links from June 27 to July 2. Famed designer Tom Doak crafted these spectacular 18 as an homage to Charles Blair Macdonald, the hard-drinking swinger who pioneered golf in America in the late 19th century. Old Macdonald has vast greens, treacherous sand and drop-dead ocean views. And no carts! Book your tee time at bandondunesgolf.com.
It's nirvana for Nirvana fans: The most extensive exhibition of all things Kurt Cobain and friends has opened at the Frank Gehry-designed Experience Music Project museum, situated at the base of Seattle's Space Needle. Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses will feature band equipment, never-before-exhibited paintings by Cobain, the reel-to-reel tape machine owned by Cobain's aunt with which he recorded his early bands (Organized Confusion, Fecal Matter) and more. Info at empsfm.org.
The drunk and disorderly gang are all here again in The Hangover Part II. The sequel's craziness revolves around Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis schlepping to Bangkok for the wedding bash of dentist Ed Helms. Expect high jinks involving a monkey, ill-advised trips to a strip club and the return of both Mike Tyson and the hilariously evil Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong). "We were all on the same page that if the script wasn't good we weren't doing another Hangover." says Helms. "The script is great. It picks up a year and a half after the first movie, with my character in a happy, healthy place with a beautiful fiancee played by Jamie Chung. Then the wheels come off. This one's a lot more physical, and not being a terribly athletic guy, I had general soreness and fatigue the whole time of filming. It's a more intense movie—amped up, crazier and darker. That was the only way to make a sequel, and we all hope and believe we've made a movie that's as funny or even funnier than The Hangover. I'm really proud of this thing."
X-Men: First Class The Marvel super-mutant franchise gets a Kennedy-era prequel about Professor X (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) as BFFs battling a secret society bent op world domination.
Vampires, shape-shifters and werewolves return to "do bad things with you," as the opening song goes, in the third season of the hit HBO show about coming out of the coffin. This time Sookie (Anna Paquin) takes off for Mississippi to rescue Bill (Stephen Mover) from a powerful vampire king and the werewolves that do his bidding. In between all the fang-banging fun there and back home in Bon Temps, Louisiana, Sookie discovers it's no accident that vampires want to nibble on her—she is part fairy, and her magical blood is like liquid crack to the undead. The seductive Southern decadence of True Blood continues to intoxicate with these 12 bloody-good episodes, available on both DVD and Blu-ray. Best extras: The BD's interactive viewing mode with vampire histories,
"I don't like the term retro," Raphael Saadiq says with a gentle hint of annoyance. At 18 he was touring with Prince and later led two fine R&B groups, Tony! Toni! Tone! and Lucy Pearl, before earning five Grammy nominations in a solo career that includes his new album, Stone Rollin'. For this his sound has been labeled retro, neo soul and revivalist, each a dismissive term. For Ray (as his friends call him), it's simple: He grew up in Oakland, "definitely a funky town" and close to the home of Sly & the Family Stone and Santana—and he's continuing the tradition of the music that surrounded him.
After getting an Oscar nomination for her role in Cape Fear, Juliette Lewis continued a fearless career path filled with unforgettable characters such as those in Kalifornia, From Dusk Till Dawn and Natural Born Killers. In the sci-fi thriller Strange Days (pictured), Lewis lets it all hang out as Ralph Fiennes's lethal ex-girlfriend. Lewis is also smokin' as a pot dealer in Due Date, available now on DVD and Blu-ray.
Rockstar Games is best known as the company behind the carjacking madness of Grand Theft Auto, but this time it puts players on the right side of the law. LA. Noire (360, PS3) follows Cole Phelps (acted and voiced by Mod Men's Aaron Staton), a young detective in 1940s Los Angeles whose investigations weave through Hollywood's golden age and were inspired by such famous cases as the Black Dahlia murder. Just don't expect to jump out of your Packard with guns blazing. The pacing is slow and methodical, more like a James Ellroy novel than a video game. It works thanks to MotionScan, a new process that uses 32 high-definition cameras to capture an actor's performance in full 3-D. As a result, the faces of all 400 actors who appear in the game reveal everything from shifty eyes to flared nostrils, details you'll need to pay attention to as you interrogate suspects. It's gripping new territory for gaming. VVVV
In Brink (left, 360, PC, PS3), society on a futuristic island city collapses, and rebels determined to escape face off against law enforcement. It's the most fun team-based multiplayer we've played this year. Duke Nukem Forever (right, 360, PC, PS3), the first game in more than 10 years in the 1980s action-movie-parody series, finds the buzz-cut musclehead coming out of retirement to chug beer, hit on strippers, drop bad one-liners and kick alien ass.
Author of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Ron Hansen solidifies his reputation as a virtuoso of historical fiction in this reimagining of the true story of Ruth Snyder and Judd Gray, whose infamous case of adultery and murder made them two of America's earliest tabloid icons and became the basis for the film Double Indemnity. A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion is as seductive as any scandal sheet but is ultimately a sly and tautly paced meditation on appetite, guiding its reader from the proverbial apple straight to the electric chair. There is often a thin line between paean and parody, and French novelist Jean-Patrick Manchette is perhaps best known for reinventing noir in the 1970s by tempering its nihilism with biting, often uproarious satire of bourgeois complacency and greed. This pitch-perfect first English translation of Fatale serves up an over-the-top but dead-sexy revenge story that toys with conventions while its iconic femme knocks off a string of no-account men and looks killer doing it. Also engaged in the subverting of familiar tropes is Wire to Wire: In this impressive debut, Scott Sparling lends contemporary grunge to the genre as he embraces its trademark obsessions with sex, cash and dead ends. His all-too-human cast of contemporary boxcar drifters, glue sniffers and thugs is drawn in an impressionistic style that
Already home to cult comedy hits Louie and Archer, FX rolls the dice on what may be the weirdest comedy ever to hit American TV. It features Elijah Wood as Ryan, a sad-sack lawyer who can't even succeed in killing himself. Enter Wilfred, a talking, bong-smoking badass dog, played by Australian
I had my first date three years ago, at the age of 21, and have since had four girlfriends. The longest relationship lasted three and a half months. My sexual experience consists of three dry humps, four hand jobs and two blow jobs. I also gave oral sex to a girl once. I'm busy with work and school, so I'm not looking to meet women. But I am concerned because I am unable to stop masturbating. The more I try to stop, the more difficult it is. Today I went to a parlor for an erotic body scrub and didn't stop the woman from giving me a hand job. I also didn't say no to a blow job. I asked the woman if she offered that to everyone, and she said no, which made me feel a little better, though I think she was lying, which makes me feel worse because I never wanted to pay for sex. I feel I should have more control over my base desires. Is there a way to stop this and redeem myself?—K.S., El Paso, Texas
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President Obama is well aware of the FDR legacy, but it may be too late for him to profit from it ("Closing the Deal," April). During the 2008 campaign he frequently alluded to the experience of the 1930s, and at the onset of his presidency commentators often likened his proposals to the New Deal. But there are only a few signs that the shadow of Roosevelt has accompanied him to the White House. Obama will never be mistaken for FDR as a communicator. During the Great Depression, a Southern mill-worker said, "Mr. Roosevelt is the only man we ever had in the White House who would understand that my boss is a son of a bitch." Obama, in contrast, has not been able to convey to the millions of jobless that he feels their pain. It would improve his prospects, and benefit the nation, if Obama could more often show the kind of empathy he projected so well after the hideous Tucson shootings. Roosevelt's success owed less to his matchless skill at public relations than to the visible evidence of how the New Deal was changing the face
In April's Reader Response you mention the dearth of resources for prisoners who hope to further their education. An organization I co-founded, the nonprofit College Guild, believes respect reduces recidivism and education inspires respect for self and others. That's why we offer free, fun, noncredit correspondence courses to prisoners anywhere in the country with the hope that they will inspire an interest in learning. We keep a low profile, as word of mouth alone keeps us busy. In fact, we have a long waiting list, which is why we would love to hear from playboy readers who would like to volunteer to
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