Michael Fleming is obviously not a fan of Ben Affleck's (Playboy Interview, January/February), and it shows. Fleming must have asked about Gigli at least five times, and he kept bringing up Affleck's other flops such as Daredevil. A lot of people would have told Fleming off and ended the interview, but Affleck was a good sport. Then Fleming had the nerve to ask if it was annoying that people always focus on his flops. I found the questions in poor taste. As an interviewer, Fleming should have been more impartial.
Rick Moody's essay about the lack of quality in today's pop music (In Search of the Lost Rock &f Roll Icon, January/February) was without a doubt well-researched and accurate, but I think it was an oversight not to mention Alicia Keys as one of the few quality artists of this era. Keys makes an honest effort to generate music that blends pop, jazz and R&B—something that is rare today.
The December Playboy Interview With outgoing NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly caused a stir with our readers [see comments at right), as well as with New York pols and the press. The Daily News covered the story five days in a row.
I found Steven Chean's article (Talkiri 'Bout Your Generation, December) quite thought-provoking. However, I was offended that Chean considers Lena Dunham a shining example of Gen Y. The women on her show Girls are narcissistic, foolish and shallow, and the men are freakish and oafish. As a Millennial, I admit that members of my generation sometimes act like entitled brats, but I think the majority of us are hard workers who are attempting to make sense of our media-saturated world. Many of us have been tempered by 9/11, two wars and a brutal recession that made Millen-nials the largest unemployed age group in the country. But Chean's bottom line about Gen Y is his saving grace: We are a connected generation still trying to make a connection. That summary hit the nail on the head.
I have been reading pi.ayboy for nearly 50 years and have always enjoyed the various columns, articles and especially the cartoons. However, I have serious objections to the idea that rape is funny. I direct your attention to one of the
I love the article Sex: A Very Oral Report (January/February). I agree with Naomi Wolf: There are very few safe places where a woman can explore her sexuality, especially within the context of dating. We hear men complain that women don't want sex as much as men do, but I've found in my interactions that I usually want sex more. Unfortunately, it seems men view my high sex drive as an undesirable trait for a serious relationship. Just because I enjoy sex does not mean I am a wanton harlot. I would prefer to be in a monogamous relationship, but I often feel as if I'm being made to choose between my desire for a satisfying relationship and my desire for
• "I'M A WOMAN with curves," says actress Jaclyn Betham (Tyler Perry's The Haves and the Have Nots). lounging in her Los Angeles home. Those toned curves come from the years Jaclyn spent as a ballet dancer before pursuing acting. "The idea of what's sexy is finally changing," she says. "It's fun showing the world how beautiful that can be." We're glad to help.
• Director Wes Anderson's fantastical Grand Budapest Hotel, set in the period between the two world wars, features Ralph Fiennes as a sophisticated concierge who arouses the suspicions of a policeman (Edward Norton) after an elderly hotel resident (Tilda Swinton) dies and bequeaths the concierge a valuable painting. The
• Director Alexander Payne sends Bruce Dern on a bizarre quest through a landscape frozen in time in this film that deconstructs heartland stereotypes. A boozing patriarch who thinks he has won $1 million, Dern's character seeks to travel from Montana to Nebraska to claim his winnings. His son (Will Forte) joins him on his deluded final shot at small-town glory, resulting in father-son bonding, an awkward family reunion and temporary celebrity. (BD) Best extra: Making of Nebraska, about the road trip. VVV
• Sundance's latest series moves at a fast clip: Episode one of The Red Road introduces two murder mysteries, a Romeo and Juliet-style love story and an accidental death poised to lead to even more violence. At the center of it all are a Native American ex-con
• Last year surgeons cut out Sharon Jones's gallbladder and parts of her pancreas and small intestine after she was diagnosed with cancer. But the 57-year-old soul dynamo sounds whole on Give the People What They Want, the best album of an underdog career. Her music expresses a personal resilience: Overlooked by record labels, Jones toiled as a corrections officer and
Whenever I'm hungover, my sex drive goes to the redline. I recover quickly but get turned on by damn near every woman I see; I'm not able to keep it down. I assume this is the result of a biochemical reaction after my body processes a large amount of alcohol, but I've never heard of this happening to anybody else. Is there a logical explanation behind my morning-after craze?—R.H., Moscow, Idaho
As a philosophy student, I often come across thinkers who try to make sense of their own mortality. Death is perhaps the central question that underlies both philosophy and religion. Cicero once said, "To study philosophy is nothing but to prepare one's self to die." More broadly, perhaps simply to live is to prepare oneself to die. Many people have talked about death, but few have so poignantly expressed death's inescapability and ultimate acceptance quite like Donald Hall ("Buying the Farm," January/ February). In a way that's more beautiful than anything I've read before, Hall thoughtfully
In December's Reader Response, Rodger Alan Gibson makes an absurd comment. He says, "Gays aren't the new blacks; felons are." While I agree that the justice system is messed up—and that you and other felons are getting a raw deal—the comparison of felons to blacks (or gays) is ridiculous. Again, we must talk about choices. Being black isn't a
I'm gratified to see serious conservative opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline ("Don't Drill on Me," December). This development underscores the hope that the most myopic people in our culture can see that
Violations of personal liberties are like simple infections ("The Surveillance Industry," October). When an unwanted host enters a body, it triggers an immune response to fight the intruder. Just as the antidote is made from the venom, so will liberty be restored from its violations.
Wfhen the National Congress of American Indians requested that NFL teams stop using derogatory terms for Native Americans, the Washington Redskins announced they would rename themselves after other local figures.
We're going to move mindfully and thoughtfully, and very soon there are going to be fingers on clits," says Ken Blackman. We're downstairs in the Sutter Room, a large basement-level space at the Regency Center in San Francisco's Nob Hill district. This is day one of OMX 2013, the first-ever Orgasmic Meditation Xperience. It is hosted by OneTaste, the organization for which Blackman works as lead orgasmic-meditation instructor. More than 1,000 people are packed into the room, all of them having traveled from around the globe to attend this three-day pussy-stroking session. Total cost: $395 a person (not including airfare or hotel accommodations, of course).