I have a slight problem with your pictorial Playmates 6? Rock Stars (April). You feature three members of Motley Crue and four Playmates they were involved with but only two members of Kiss and three Playmates they were involved with. How could you forget Miss June 1997 Carrie Stevens? She dated the second Kiss drummer, Eric Carr, as well as Enrique Iglesias and guitarist Todd Kerns. Or Miss August 1982 Cathy St. George, who dated Paul Stanley after his split in 1982 from the actress Donna Dixon? He also dated Miss April 1988 Eloise Broady. Before anyone argues that the focus was on rock stars who married Playmates, Gene Simmons and Star Stowe were not married, nor were Steven Tyler and Bebe Buell.
Greil Marcus notes in his appreciation of the electric guitar (The Ax, April) that most historians agree it emerged in 1931, which is true, but the instrument itself may date to as early as 1928, the year on marketing materials for the Stromberg Electro recently discovered by guitar historian Lynn Wheelwright. Wheelwright also believes the ViviTone predated Adolph Rickenbacker's 1931 unit. A minor correction: Marcus misidentifies Robert Johnson's fabled acoustic Gibson L-l as a steel body. (Johnson reportedly also played cheapo wooden guitars—a f 12 Stella and a Gibson budget ax called the Kalamazoo.) If I could add a seventh tune to Marcus's list, it would be Link Wray's 1958 "Rumble"—a song so unique it has been credited with marking the beginnings of both heavy metal and punk rock. Finally, it's wonderful to see a shout-out to the Wailers, the first great rock band from the Pacific Northwest. Peter Blecha Seattle, Washington
Thank you for the entertaining 20Q with pundit Meghan McCain (April). She's a straight shooter, like her old man. I don't agree that the economy would have been better if her father had won the presidential election in 2008 against Barack Obama, but what would you expect her to say? It seems she wasn't immune to the Sarah Palin toxicity, but she is kind in how she responds to Bristol Palin's harping. And I bet she has learned more about national politics by osmosis than most pundits ever will.
Paul Krugman argues in the Playboy Interview (March) that not reining in the banks has contributed to a right-ward shift in U.S. politics. He's right. It allowed the right to rally against big government, which inspired the Tea Party and gave control of the House to the Republicans. This has led the president to lean right to cater to these interests. In many ways, we are in President Bush's third term. Hopefully, Obama will heed Krugman's advice in the future.
The political scientist Larry Arnhart seems to misunderstand evolution (The Weird World of Biopolitics, March). Being preoccupied with your self-interest gets you nowhere unless that behavior translates into a reproductive and survival advantage. The studies cited demonstrate the connection between selfish behavior and being conservative but not how that is advantageous to social animals. I would argue that thoughtless, reactionary
Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday claims he is a point of balance (Playboy Interview, January/February), but he displays all the flawed reasoning of Rush Limbaugh, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Sean Hannity and the rest. He blames President Obama for focusing on health care reform despite the fact that it's our most important need in the long term. He dismisses statistics (i.e., facts),
Thank you for the profile of astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (King of the Cosmos, January/February). We need more people like him to engage the public about the mysteries and joys of science. However, I must turn a critical eye on his characterization of Pluto's demotion to dwarf-planet status. A planet should be any object that orbits the sun and is big enough that gravity makes it round. Some argue this leaves us with too many planets, but if any discipline can handle large numbers, it's astronomy. Doug Morgenstern Ellicott City, Maryland
The real Eliot Ness was a bit of a schlub. Yeah, he was tough. As a Prohibition agent working for the Treasury Department, he helped take down Al Capone, and that's saying something. But he didn't do it while hurling gems of David Mamet dialogue, as Kevin Costner does in The Untouchables (1987). Nor did he do it wearing Giorgio Armani suits
Not long ago, dive watches were the purview solely of men who spent their days roaming the deep sea. These days, however, anyone can wear them—whether you're 500 feet beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean
Protection for the most intimate contact sport between 2012 Olympians—that of the bedroom variety—has been left to Durex, the official (more or less) condom supplier of the upcoming Olympic Summer Games. The British company will reportedly donate a record 150,000 condoms to the 10,000 athletes housed in the Olympic Park's several villages. The hope is it will be enough rubber to guard against the condom shortage that occurred during the 2010 winter Olympics in Vancouver, when a mere 7,000 athletes used all 100,000 condoms that had been given to them. Oddsmakers, though, are betting against Durex. To wit: London-based bookmaker Ladbrokes already ran a promotional bet with seven-to-two odds that the Olympic athletes would run out of condoms.
The leather motorcycle jacket was originally worn to protect riders when they tumbled from their mounts. It then became an emblem of the badass, the de rigueur wardrobe piece of the man not to be crossed. Later it was appropriated by the fashion avant-garde. This month Milwaukee's Harley-Davidson Museum tells the story of "the uniform of rebellious cool" (as put by Jim Fricke, curatorial director) in the exhibition Worn to Be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket (June 16-September 3). You'll see Elvis's leather, the Terminator outfit worn by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jean Paul Gaultier jackets worn on the runway and jackets of rock stars from Gene Vincent to Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest) to Joe Walsh.
Sleeping in a luxury RV with Wi-Fi doesn't qualify as camping. For those who actually camp, these smart gadgets will put the green in their green movement: SpareOne's emergency phone ($70, spareone .com) stays charged for 15 years on one AA battery. The BioLite camp stove ($129, biolitestove.com) burns twigs for power; it can fry your eggs and also charge your phone. Meanwhile, the HiNation HiLight ($300, hination.com) uses the power of the sun to recharge your gadgets.
Forgo that open hydrant This June, chill out in style under the spiky arms of MoMA PSl's Wendy (momapsl.org), a 45-f oot-tall sculpture that blasts water, cold air, music and mist to keep spirits soaring. It even
Historians believe the first poker hand was dealt in New Orleans in the early 19th century, so it's hard to imagine that the first strip poker game didn't occur at a Big Easy brothel soon thereafter. It would be another century, however, before strip poker was mentioned in print. The earliest known depiction on the big screen is also one of the most influential: the 1928 silent film The Road to Ruin, in which a teenage girl, played by Helen Foster, spirals into depravity, felled by smoking, drinking, premarital sex and strip poker. Surviving prints include an awkward cut during a game, suggesting that Foster bares her breasts in the original. In 1972 the author of Playboy's Book of Games recognized strip poker as an icebreaker but ruled out eyeglasses, jewelry and bandages as valid wagers.
It's hot, beautiful and brimming with the absolute best of everything. Yes, we're talking about New York City. Welcome to the capital of the world. 7:30 p.m. Beat the dinner rush at Odeon in Tribeca, the Franco-chic bistro beloved by Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. If you listen closely, you can hear the ghosts of yuppies past blowing rails in the bathroom. Or at least we think they're ghosts.
Gentlemen, start your vacations. June marks the dawn of summer, and with it comes epic international revelry. The true can't-miss events: ISLE OF MAN TT (MAY 26-JUNE 8) Adrenaline junkies will find nirvana in this time-trial motorbike race that careens along the Atlantic coast at speeds of up to 190 mph. ♦ EURO 2012 (JUNE 8-JULY1) The biggest
"They were Nixon's palace guard—hardworking, loyal, self-righteous—and very nearly all-powerful, until a couple of young reporters decided to investigate what the White House called 'a third-rate burglary.'" So began our introduction to the May and June 1974 story All the President's Men. That third-rate burglary was of course Watergate, the scandal that changed politics forever, and those young reporters were Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, men who drove an investigation that made history and published their findings in playboy. In All the President's Men, Woodward and Bernstein lay bare that groundbreaking investigation, divulging the gritty details behind how they hunted down, gathered and confirmed every source, fact and tenuous lead. Late-night meetings with Deep Throat, unbelievably lucky breaks and close shaves with the law: Our thrilling tale of the downfall of the Nixon administration, as seen by the men who made it all happen, is better than any made-for-TV movie. Get the inside scoop for yourself at iplayboy.com.
Although the science-fiction epic Prometheus was rumored to be a prequel to Alien, the movie creates what director Ridley Scott calls "an original mythology" and only occasionally tips its hat to his blood-freezing 1979 classic. Still, the futuristic thriller starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson and Guy Pearce is arguably the summer's most anticipated film. Written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof, Prometheus throws into a savagely hostile world a team of scientists and researchers sent to explore the origins of man. They find themselves fighting for their
Why is Hollywood breaking out in a cold sweat over Men in Black 31 The sci-fi action comedy features Will Smith, that indestructible movie-star Godzilla whose last three films averaged $459 million at the worldwide box office. The aliens-versus-the-world flick also reunites Smith with Tommy Lee Jones and director Barry Sonnenfeld, whose 1997 Men in Black bagged $589 million and whose 2002 sequel hustled another $442 million. Yet second-guessing and hints of doom plague the 3-D movie in which Smith's character races back through time to
All Sergeant James Heller wanted was a suicide mission. In Prototype 2 (360, PC, PS3), the U.S. Army soldier returns from overseas duty to discover that a biological weapon has killed his family and turned New York City into a quarantine zone overrun by hordes of mutated humans. With noth-
ast night I woke up drenched in sweat, shivering in horror at the nightmare I'd just endured. No, not that dream in which I get tea-bagged by Newt Gingrich. I dreamed that my husband, Jimmy Big Balls, and I had attempted to make a sex tape. I know! Read on at your own risk.
When my husband and I go to strip clubs, I allow him to get lap dances as long as he doesn't touch the women. During our last visit, he felt the breasts and butts of three strippers. I didn't follow him when he went to get the dances, though I realize now that I should have. He says he will do whatever it takes to win back my trust, but I don't even want him to touch me. How do we get past this?—T.S., Austin, Texas
Jonathan Tasini's sweeping dismissal of our national debt crisis is breathtaking ("A Fake Crisis," April). Anyone with a basic understanding of math and current government policy can see we are on an unsustainable path. He claims we "aren't even close" to the ratio of debt to gross domestic product of the years immediately after World War II. What numbers is he looking at? He writes, "There are ways to wipe away the debt over time," but he fails to elaborate on how unpleasant those strategies might be or who in government is even discussing them. Tasini's condescending liberal "don't worry, be happy" atti-
We have enough lowbrow commentary about the tax discrepancy between the one percent and the rest of us without playboy joining the cause ("The Inequality Machine," March). The tax rate on capital gains is lower than that for earned income because we live in a global economy in which we must keep investment from going overseas. And this lower tax rate is available to Americans at every income level.
David Kelley of the Atlas Society claims Thomas Frank is wrong to describe Ayn Rand's beliefs as Nietzschean (Reader Response, April) because "her vision of individualism, including the pursuit of rational self-interest, had nothing to do with Nietzsche's vision of the superman seeking power over others." The Nietzschean superman isn't about the
The connection between Playmates and breasts is undeniable. While most of the references to women's chests in our pages are whimsical, our Centerfolds remind us that breast cancer is serious. To do their part, a group of Playmates including Miss January 2001 Irina Voron-