If we are able to give the American male a few extra laughs and a little diversion from the anxieties of the Atomic Age," Hef wrote in 1953, in playboy's first issue, "we'll feel we've justified our existence." Little did he know how laughs and diversions would launch a revolution. The anniversary edition you hold is a testament to 60 years of beautiful women, discerning taste, sexual emancipation, groundbreaking fiction and world-changing journalism. To begin, we are proud to feature the woman who ushered in a new era of beauty: Kate Moss. You'll see why the supermodel captivates the world in our dreamlike erotic meditation The Immaculate Kate Moss, created by legendary fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Some of the world's greatest writers join her in this issue. Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger takes the NFL to task for neutering a game whose very roots lie in bone-crushing battle. Trailblazing philosopher and "Elvis of cultural theory" Slavoj Zizek focuses his laser-sharp eye on that inescapable phenomenon, the modern brand. Acclaimed environmental expert Alex Hall outlines
For some time this country has experienced a trend in censorship aimed at any public figure who is accused of stepping out of his or her respective racial boundaries. In order to be washed clean of all trespasses, he or she must take a strange apology tour. The first stop is kissing Al Sharpton's ring, the next stop is sitting down with Oprah, and the final stop is enduring the slanted wrath of Spike Lee. I respect all these people, but their sanctimony is getting in the way of racial progress. Kudos to Samuel L. Jackson (Playboy Interview, October) for refusing to take the tour and instead choosing freedom of expression. J.B. McGeever Brooklyn, New York
Are you serious? The winning entry in your College Fiction Contest is a story about a guy who goes to jail, gets beat up and watches a football game (Sparring Partners, October)? I wrote better stories when I was in high school. Jay Aviles Bakersfield, California
The October cover is beautifully done. It reminds me of the 1950s pinup art of Gil Elvgren. Michael Peters Dearborn, Michigan Did you intentionally hide two Rabbit Heads on the October cover--namely, the cloud and the left thumbnail? Has this ever happened before? Kenneth Anderson Walnut Creek, California Glad to see you're paying attention. Yes, it
Thank you for the breath of fresh Vermont air, Bernie Sanders (Playboy Interview, November). I could not agree with Sanders more than I already do. Let's hear from more people who are not afraid of real topics about the working class. Julius Joseph Nagy Erie, Pennsylvania
Sanders is spot-on about the importance of certain issues. Some PLAYBOY readers will carp about his "socialist babble," but let them. His courage to speak the truth is one of the reasons I left the corporate duopoly behind and joined the Democratic Socialists of America. Phil Stahl Colorado Springs, Colorado Bernie Sanders says the hatred of Obama stems from racism and the distorted information coming from the right-wing media. His claims are insulting
Thank you, PLAYBOY, for having the social consciousness to publish Fast Eddie's Last Stand (July/August). In the 1970s a little farm growing corn appeared along a busy road in Kihei, Hawaii. We were told it was growing "different" types of corn. Monsanto must have an evil sense of humor. Today on Maui what once grew effortlessly now struggles to survive. We see bugs and insects that have never been seen here before. We see chemical trails that don't dissipate in the trade winds. The people are experiencing all kinds of illnesses and cancers. Please continue to give them hell, Eddie. Our families stand with you. This fight will be your true legacy, and ours as well. Marie Chang Kula, Hawaii Eddie Rothman is a warrior for the Hawaiian islands and their people. Greed is at the core of our planet's most dire threats. Money in and of itself is not evil, but the love of it is. Corporate interests are driving the planet to extinction. We are rapidly approaching the tipping point, if we haven't passed it already. The apathy of the American people allows the greedy and powerful to push self-destruction forward. Where's the courage? Where's the leadership? I'll tell you where: in the courageous heart of Mr. Rothman. Jerry Hilley Albertville, Alabama
Each year for many years a group of us would pick the person we thought was the dumbest rich person in the United States. A Chicago congressman held that distinction for a long time. Then came Dan Quayle and then Rush Limbaugh. And then came Sean Hannity (Playboy Interview, July/August). We have now retired the title. Tom O'Connell Belvidere, Illinois
When I read about filmmaker Tim Tracy's incarceration in Venezuela (Inside El Rodeo, October), I started to cry. Then I got mad. A man armed with only a camera is accused of being a spy, President Maduro? Tracy is lucky to be alive. Mark Garris Fort Valley, Virginia
I could not take my eyes off the image of Danni Braun from the University of Utah (Girls of the Pac 12, October)--the glow of her hair, her bright blue eyes and her perfectly shaped butt. I am officially requesting that you please bring Danni
According to CNN, a House Republican aide remarked that Texas state senator Wendy Davis has "more balls than Ted Cruz." This popular figure of speech is illogical and an insult to women. Why is there no female equivalent for the term? When referring to a woman who is gutsy and courageous, I suggest we replace "having balls" with "having twat." Until women learn to pay attention to this male-oriented use of language, their struggle will remain an open-ended exercise in futility. Guenter Koehler Tuscaloosa, Alabama Why not praise courageous men and women for their brains and not their genitals?
"I DON'T MIND being objectified," says actress Tara Holt about playing an eager-to-please bombshell assistant on Showtime's Californication. "It's always fun to feel sexy, but I'm also more confident and versatile than ever." In other words, playing eye candy is only a phase. "Don't expect me to play 'the hot girl' forever," she says. "What I'm capable of will surprise you."
ROASTED BONE MARR OW IS THE TASTIEST DISH YOU'RE PROBABLY NOT COOKING Nose-to-tail cooking is a culinary trend that's gone a bit too far: Not every guy needs to know how to pickle pigs feet and braise cockscomb. But roasted bone marrow is too cheap, too easy and too damned delicious not to make it a part of your cooking repertoire. Locked inside beef shank bones is rich, unctuous, unbelievably beefy-tasting marrow that, when roasted, becomes something akin to beef butter. While
A TOP BARTENDER REINVENTS A MIDCENTURY CLASSIC (NO, NOT A WHISKEY SOUR) The modern cocktail movement would have you believe all great drinks were born either before Prohibition or in the past few years. But the postwar period in America was a splendid time for the art of booze, and modern bartenders are picking up where midcentury barmen left off. We asked a top cocktail revivalist to give us a drink that channels the best of the 1950s.
MAYBE THEY SHOULD JUST CHANGE THE NAME TO TOUGH LINKS In a world where casual Friday seems to start earlier every week, let's not stop investing in sartorial elegance altogether. And let's not lose our sense of humor. Cuff links are one of those affectations we can get behind, particularly with so many styles taking the piss out of the Bond, James Bond of it all.
"I can guarantee it doesn't suck," says writer-director Adam McKay of the sequel to 2004's Anchorman, about dim-witted 1970s local newsman Ron Burgundy and his moronic news team. The new flick, co-written by star Will Ferrell, also features Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Christina Applegate, whose characters are unleashed in New York during the explosion of 24-hour cable news. "Will and I got intrigued by the idea of putting characters who do badly with change up
Abbie Cornish Abbie Cornish plays a bohemian beauty who falls for Heath Ledger--and, in equal measure, heroin--in Candy (pictured). See the Australian actress on-screen next as Clara Murphy, the wife of a police officer who gets an unexpected upgrade in the remake of RoboCop.
Based on the real-life 2009 hijacking of an American cargo ship by Somali pirates, Paul Greengrass's intense adventure allows star Tom Hanks to wrench the pathos out of the compelling narrative. Some actual crew members have alleged this film is a
Neil Young's early-1970s albums "put me in the middle of the road," he later said. "Traveling there became a bore, so I headed for the ditch." There's a strong whiff of the ditch in Live at the Cellar Door. Recorded at a Washington, D.C. club in 1970, soon after the magnificent After the Gold Rush, it's Young solo, mainly on acoustic guitar. It's a shock to hear the violent "Down by the River" and the adoring "Cinnamon Girl" as acoustic songs--especially with Young playing piano on the latter. "This song is about dope," he announces before the final track, but with his fractured imagery and haunting, fragile tenor, all the songs sound like they're about dope.
Bright and sweaty is the best way to describe the next generation of sports games. That's a good thing. The graphic muscle inside the latest gaming systems pumps out bright arena lights and beads of perspiration. All of this adds to the realism of NBA 2K14 (PS4, Xbox One), from the interactive crowds to players who look like their real-life counterparts--all the way down to Kobe's scowl. Retooled controls deliver smooth crossovers and behind-the-back passes with a flick of the thumbstick. Path to Greatness mode lets you choose whether LeBron sticks with the Heat or takes his talents to another team through a series of amusing what-if trades that leave King James changing jerseys more than Moses Malone.
Bruce Springsteen's favorite guitarist and every Sopranos fan's favorite thug has a new role--a New York wiseguy in Norway Q: The second season of Lilyhammer is now on Netflix. Sum it up for anyone who hasn't watched yet. A: The show begins with a basic cultural clash between my character, a New York type of wiseguy, and the country of Norway. A guy who's used to making up his own rules ends up in a country that always follows them. This gangster is dropped in the middle of paradise. Q: It's huge in Norway. A: We're getting a million viewers a week there, which is like 20 percent of the population. I think they get off living vicariously through my character. He's going around the rules in a way they wish they could--if they were a little less civilized. Q: What was your initial reaction to the role? A: I thought to myself several things, and one was, I really shouldn't do this. I'd played a gangster, and I knew people would say, "That's all he can do." But do I care if people wonder how versatile an actor I am? Maybe one day I'll do Shakespeare in the Park, and we'll see what I can do. But this role was irresistible. Q: Does James Gandolfini's death feel real yet? A: As I get older, I'm finding the word denial to be quite useful. That's the state I'm in with Jimmy--I just go to another place with
I recently had my bloodwork done and learned I have an overabundance of protein. My doctor prescribed medication to control it. However, I frequently perform oral sex on my boyfriend, and I'm concerned the protein in his semen could be harmful to me. Should I stop swallowing?--C.C., Columbia, New Jersey. To paraphrase Mick Jagger in the Rolling Stones song "Some Girls," your boyfriend just doesn't have that much jam. The recommended daily allowance of protein for a woman is 46 grams. The average ejaculation produces less than a gram of protein, about the same as half an egg white. So keep taking your medication. And if you're still worried, you could just cut back on the omelets. My husband and I have always had a great sex life. I typically have at least five orgasms every time we have sex. Now I'm pregnant with our first child. I'd always heard that sex during pregnancy is amazing, but that hasn't been the case for me. While I'm extremely horny and masturbate several times a day, actual sex is completely uncomfortable. Of course deep penetration is not an option, but our timing is completely off as well. When my husband tries being gentle, it results in my having close to 10 orgasms in the first few minutes, before he's even had a chance to work up a rhythm. I've tried to give him blow jobs to satisfy him or at least get him "close" before he puts it in, but he's not interested. He prefers to fuck to get off, and honestly so do I. We're not having sex at all, and I'm about to start humping the furniture. Any suggestions?--A.M., San Francisco, California. So you can have 10 orgasms with your husband and you're masturbating multiple times a day? Clearly the issue isn't that you have problems getting off; it's that you and your husband are no longer together physically or, dare we say, emotionally.
Melba Newsome's snarky article ("Chill Out, Al," October) asserts that man-made global warming is a scientific fact conservatives are suppressing. My response? Bull! Burr Passenheim Saw Diego, California Gore lost} He's become a multimillionaire promoting a scam. On the first Earth Day, the great bugaboo was the coming of a new ice age. Only later did the cause morph into global warming, and
Laura Gottesdiener's "American Dreams Foreclosed" (November) brought home the ongoing plight of millions of Americans who are being forced from their homes as a result of the recession. Although reported on by many other
gout. Fruits and vegetables are healthy yet riddled with pesticides. Chocolate is fattening, but dark chocolate is beneficial. This disillusionment with science goes beyond our diet. Our world is often exposed as an illusion or outright fraud. The sheer number of wrongly convicted death-row inmates attests to this. DNA evidence is mishandled, or eyewitness and expert testimony helps to wrongly convict people. Lab technicians and
YOU MIGHT LOOK AT ME AND THINK I HAP THE PERFECT LIFE. A GOOD JOB IN A SOLID ACCOUNTING FIRM... MY OWN CORNER OFFICE IN THE WORLD FAMOUS EMPIRE STATE BUILDING... A PRETTY GIRL ON MY ARM. SEEMS LIKE I HAD IT ALL. I'D PROPOSED ON NEW YEAR'S EVE 1957 AND, OF COURSE SHE SAID YES...
Sure, you love the Playmate. And of course you read the articles. But what about the ads? The greatest adman who ever lived looks back over 60 years of advertising in these pages and picks out the good, the bad and the stupid
K KATE MOSS EVERY GENERATION HAS ITS DEFINING BEAUTY, A FEMME FATALE WHO SKYROCKETS AND THEN FADES AWAY QUIETLY (OR NOT SO QUIETLY), LEAVING A TRAIL OF STARDUST AND BROKEN HEARTS. WHAT SETS KATE APART? SHE'S STILL NUMBER ONE AFTER ALL THESE YEARS.
SHE'S GOT THE LOOK It was hard to have so many opinions about fashion but no voice with which PMOY 2010 Hope Dworaczyk. "Being bombshell is brutally boring after a while." So Hope joined FashionWirePress.com, an outlet where she can express herself. The website caters to Seventh Avenue buyers and insiders and covers e-commerce, trend analysis and industry updates; its social media arm on Instagram has made the page of Harper's Bazaar. As editor in chief of the site, Hope enjoys straddling the line between modeling and photography. "This is not a job; it's a lifestyle," she says. "Uninspiring clothes are like a cloudy day on a breathtaking beach."
THE LINGERIE ISSUE--IS THERE ANYTHING MORE EROTIC THAN A WOMAN SLIPPING INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE? WE CELEBRATE THE SILK, SHEER, STRAPS AND LACE THAT TEMPT AND TEASE US WITH A SEDUCTIVE PICTORIAL BY MICHAEL BERNARD.