Your art director is a genius. Tony Kelly's photograph for Splendor in the Grass (September) once again exceeds my expectations for piayboy cover art. The smile of postcoital pleasure on Ciara Price captures the essence of what every playboy desires—a happy woman. Earl Kepler Greenbelt, Maryland
I've never written to piayboy before, but Miss September compelled me to send this note. Just when I thought you had found the ultimate Playmate and PMOY in Raquel Pomplun, you come up with Bryiana Noelle. After all my years of reading playboy, she is the ultimate Playmate and my definite choice for PMOY 2014. Bryiana is absolute perfection.
I'm big on the science and engineering of Playmates. Bryiana Noelle (Stairway to Heaven, September) weighs only 85 pounds. Is she the lightest Playmate ever? Vincent D'Addio Signal Hill, California It's a tie. The lovely Miss November 1960 Joni Mattis (pictured) weighed 85 pounds too.
I always chuckle over your Party Jokes, but what really made me laugh was a letter in the September issue about "The Perfect Burger" (After Hours, June). I love the reader's hubris in believing that his opinion of the best burger means anything else is "a culinary sin in the fine art of burger creation." Fine, he prefers mustard to mayo or ketchup. But French's? I invite this reader to visit New York City, eat at any of the many great hamburger establishments we have to offer and order French's for his burger. Please have him Instagram or tweet photos of the waitstaff's and patrons' reactions for our further entertainment. Evan D. Solomon Queens, New York
• The article by John Cagney Nash [A Hail Mary for Ryan Leaf, September] is tremendously well written—and from an unlikely source. This sentence killed me: "The cure for Ryan Leaf is, unfortunately, not being Ryan Leaf." As much as I and everyone else abhor the sense of entitlement that is so common among athletes and celebrities in today's world, this helps explain that things aren't so easy no
I would like to thank Deborah Schoeneman for her excellent and refreshing work in pijWBoy. One thing I gleaned from her June Women column ("Is She Hot? Are You Rich?") is an understanding of the similar natures of men and women: our shared flaws, foibles and shortcomings. I think pointing out the commonalities between the genders will go a long way toward demystifying and resolving some of the issues we have. Women and men will get along a lot better without the bull, playboy speaks to younger guys, whom it can influence through education and enlightenment. Andrew J. Small III Taylor, Michigan
I feel inspired after reading the Playboy Interview with Tony Robbins (September). As a Nevada state prisoner who is forced to endure a life of incarceration, I am all too familiar with Robbins's words: "It's not conditions, it's decisions that shape your life." I received more stimulation and satisfaction from reading his interview than I did from glancing at the pictorials. Jeremiah Ayala Indian Springs, Nevada
I have crossed the Rubicon: I'm at a point in my life when I actually look forward to the articles in this wonderful magazine more than the pictures. Translation: I'm getting old. Now make my life complete and print one of my letters. Dan Morrison Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
• "WOMEN HAVE to be free," says Moroccan actress and model Zineb Oukach. "My individuality is tied to femininity and embracing sexuality. The body is nothing to hide." Zineb, who can be seen in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, says the idea of change compels her. "If what I do is met with criticism, I welcome it," she says. "Beauty is everywhere."
• In American Hustle, director David 0. Russell takes a satiric swipe at a group of eccentrics swept up in the notorious 1970s FBI sting operation known as Abscam. Based on a screenplay by Eric Warren Singer and Russell, the film offers a meaty, eccentric romantic triangle involving con artists played by Christian Bale and Amy Adams and the wild-
• We all hear about the death of print, but that's an outmoded notion. Certain books work fine on a Nook or Kindle—or even on your Android. But some special books work best when you hold them in your hands and reflect on the glory of ink on paper. Here are three we recommend for your holiday shopping. The Libertine: The Art of Love in Eighteenth-Century France (1) is the most seductive book published
• The only certain things are death, taxes and another Beatles album in time for Christmas. A hundred years from now, new compilations will keep Ringo Starr's great-great-great-grandson in jetpacks. The band recorded hundreds of songs for the BBC; On Air—Live at the BBC Volume 2 collects 40 from 1963 and 1964, intermixed with cheerful banter between the lads and D Js. Most songs are previously unreleased, including a ska-like version of "Beautiful Dreamer." On "Twist and Shout" Lennon and McCartney, unsure of how long their careers will last, lean hard on the vocals, pushing toward posterity. ¥¥¥
Having recently gone through a rough breakup, I dusted off the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall, a gem on the topic. In one scene the main character, Peter, is out on the town, looking for some rebound action. He says to two women, "I just came out of a five-year relationship, so I'm not looking for anything serious, just sexual activity." As a newly single guy with nothing to lose, I can't help but fantasize about being able to pull off such a brazen stunt. Not to be greedy, but I think I could actually pull it off with two women. A menage a trois would go a long way toward healing my broken heart. Do you think I can make blunt work?—R.M., Paso Robles, California
In "The War on Sex" (September), Nancy L. Cohen's hastily tacked-on jab at Rand Paul is not only misleading but outright false. Senator Paul believes states have the right to ban gay marriage just as much as he believes they have the right to legalize it. Also,
I disagree with Ishmael Reed ("Who's Next?," July/August). Gays aren't the new blacks; felons are. I have three felony convictions for possessing small amounts of marijuana, less than half an ounce each time. Unfortunately,
Robert Perry's letter in June ("Keynes Was Right") tells the story of the downturn as I understand it. However, I disagree with his assessment that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac deserve much of the blame. Certainly they contributed to the financial crisis, but they were late to the game. You need to return to November 1999 to reach ground zero. That's when Senator Phil Gramm (Republican of Texas) slipped an amendment into a bill that eliminated the last vestiges of the
In response to "What Happened to Science?" (July/August): Since truth is now relative, the postmoderns have a new term for one reason people disagree—confirmation bias. Believe me, it's a dodge. Plato states that the republic's elites—the guardians and philosopher-kings of his time—should be lovers of
Few of the readers who wrote in September about the U.S. government using drones to kill American citizens abroad seem to understand that without due process we are all targets. You may think your beliefs, actions and organizations would never cause the government to want
Pump. Pump. Sam Houser's heart is pounding. The most reclusive man in video games and the mastermind behind the 150-million-selling Grand Theft Auto series is biking to work in the pouring rain. His custom pink Independent Fabrication racer weaves through New York City traffic, the type of chaotic gridlock Grand Theft Auto players love to career through in a stolen car. Houser has a heavy nest of a black beard he
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OUR DIAMOND GIRL-IN 1953 HEF LAUNCHED PLAYBOY WITH BORROWED MONEY, THE UNFORGETTABLE FACE OF MARILYN MONROE AND A MISSION TO ENTERTAIN THE AMERICAN MALE. NEXT MONTH WE CELEBRATE 60 YEARS OF DOING JUST THAT, AND IN TRUE PLAYBOY STYLE, IT'S GOING TO BE ONE HELL OF A PARTY. WE'RE KICKING OFF THE FESTIVITIES WITH THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS SUPERMODEL-AND THE MOST ANTICIPATED PICTORIAL IN RECENT MEMORY. SHOT BY MERT ALAS AND MARCUS PIGGOTT, KATE MOSS REMINDS US WHY SHE-AND THE RABBIT HEAD-WILL FOREVER BE ICONIC.