Issue: 20170901

Friday, September 1, 2017
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In Subtract One Death, the 20-time PLAYBOY contributor launches protagonist Riley on an existential roller coaster that, in Boyle's words, “weds high comedy and tragedy in an attempt to get at what life is all about.” (Riley has appeared in our pages before: See the July/August 2013 issue.)
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U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co.
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U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co.
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Dear Playboy
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As a subscriber, I’ve read a number of good short stories in PLAYBOY over the years, but Frank Bill’s The Disgruntled Americans has to count among the best (July/August). It is the perfect story for Trump’s America. It captures the legitimate grievances of many Trump voters while also revealing the destructive effects of their anger.
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WORLD OF PLAYBOY
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The catwalk at Hollywood’s Milk Studios was overrun with Bunnies this June as Moschino revealed its first collaboration with Playboy. The pieces were part of the label’s 2018 resort collection, which celebrates classic Americana and the starry-eyed women who chase the spotlight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back.
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Patton Oswalt takes a break from his Playboy Interview shoot to discuss his groundbreaking new stand-up special, Annihilation. Cover girl Halsey talks childhood heroes, ghost encounters and more. Jhené Aiko defines sexiness circa 2017.
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SKECHERS
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LET’S PLAY
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JHENÉ ALKO
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Rebecca Haithcoat
Three years ago, Jhené Aiko released her debut album, the candlelit Souled Out, and helped usher in a new age of sexual exploration with the line of the year, from her verse on Omarion’s “Post to Be”: “I might let your boy chauffeur me/But he gotta eat the booty like groceries.”
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SEX
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The Secret Brotherhood of Male Erotica Writers
Men have yet to fully embrace erotic literature, but a growing number are writing it—using noms de plume
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JENNIFER BILLOCK
Before Chance Carter, 36, wrote the best-selling book Bad Boy Daddy, he’d published erotic stories for two years under a female pseudonym— until a female erotica writer reportedly accused him on Facebook of misleading readers. She claimed that men working in the genre under women’s names were cowardly and immoral.
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A LONG STORY SHORT
These three passages will give you a rough sense of erotica’s quality spectrum
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THE GOOD New York Times best-selling novelist Alessandra Torre makes even us blush in her 2013 book Sex Love Repeat: “‘You are mine,’ he grunts out, pumping into me, the length and level of his arousal brutal.... He doesn’t slow the movement, giving me full, hard thrusts, my breasts bouncing from the top of my dress, the mirror above the sink giving me a full view of my slutdom.
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Erotica’s CHECKERED PAST
Revisiting the form’s peaks and troughs throughout history
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Egyptians create the Turin Erotic Papyrus, dubbed the “world’s first men’s mag,” long housed at Italy’s Museo Egizio. 1748 John Cleland publishes Fanny Hill, one of the earliest examples of a pornographic novel written in English. 1819
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Live Through This
Young rapper Vic Mensa has already cheated death more than most of us will In a lifetime, and his debut album tells a thrilling story of survival
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JEFF WEISS
By most actuarial metrics, Vic Mensa shouldn’t be alive. He shouldn’t be collaborating with Pharrell, Kanye West and Weezer. And JAY-Z, his Roc Nation label boss, shouldn’t be raving to roomfuls of industry VIPs that the 24-year-old from the South Side of Chicago is an “incredible once-in-a-lifetime artist.”
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TOP FIVE
Vic Mensa on his favorite albums of 2017 (so far)
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OK Computer was already one of my favorite albums, but to hear songs like “Man of War” and “Lift” from those original sessions is just incredible. I’ve been singing them all on repeat. JAY-Z, 4:44 I’ve been a fan of Hov for about 12 years, and 4:44 is revealing in a way that he’s never been before.
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THE CHANGING TUNE OF PROTEST MUSIC
In the age of Twitter and Trump, can a politically charged song still make a difference?
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ERIC SPITZNAGEL
Chuck D is shouting at me, and it’s making me want to set a cop car on fire. I’m driving through the north side of Chicago, blasting “Hail to the Chief.” The song is from the new self-titled record by Prophets of Rage, a supergroup consisting of the former Public Enemy frontman, Cypress Hill’s B-Real and three fourths of Rage Against the Machine.
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YOUR STRANGER THINGS SURVIVAL KIT
With season two around the corner, creators Matt and Ross Duffer and star David Harbour reveal the show’s lesser-known influences—and drop a few hints about where It’s headed
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STEVE PALOPOLI
David Harbour’s first days on the Stranger Things set felt like a real-life trip to the Upside Down. He thought the script for the pilot was the best he’d read in 20 years of film and television work, and he was ecstatic when the show’s creators, twins Matt and Ross Duffer, cast him as Jim Hopper, the chief of police in the show’s fictional Hawkins, Indiana.
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REINVENTING THE GREAT AMERICAN ROCK BAND
The War on Drugs has proven that rock and roll can be epic and humble, classic and brand-new all at once. Can the band’s reclusive frontman survive its major-label debut?
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SARAH GRANT
There’s only a faint whiff of weed in the air when Philadelphia rock band the War on Drugs takes the stage at New York’s Bowery Ballroom. Adam Granduciel, the band’s stoic mastermind, mostly keeps his eyes closed, opening them only to navigate his winking pedal boards.
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Playboy Advisor
Columnist Bridget Phetasy on when it’s okay to have sex with a best friend’s ex. Plus, advice for a woman whose boyfriend isn’t cutting it between the sheets
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Q: How soon is too soon to start dating a friend's ex? Here's the story: A year ago, my buddy was sleeping with a girl he really liked. They never made it official, though, because she didn't like him in that way. (She pretty much broke his heart.)
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Playboy Interview
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Patton Oswalt
A candid conversation with the comedian, actor and social media maestro on how he carved a path out of unthinkable tragedy and found his way back to the stage
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<p>There are many ways you could describe the life of Patton Oswalt over the past year and a half. “Normal” is not one of them. Consider: On April 21, 2016, Oswalt, an award-winning stand-up comedian and actor known for, among many other things, his nine years on the GBS sitcom The King of Queens and for voicing Remy in the animated hit Ratatouille, found that his wife of nearly 11 years had died in her sleep in their Los Angeles home.</p>
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THE BODY ELECTRIC
Its recent clients range from Bowie to Lorde, but when we take over Electric Lady—Jimi Hendrix’s legendary Greenwich Village studio—the wind cries Daria
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THE PUBLICLY TRADED HUMAN GOES NSFW
For almost 10 years, Mike Merrill has sold shares of his very existence. Now he and his 600-plus shareholders are hoping an erotica scheme will boost his sagging stock price
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LEAH SOTTILE
If you really knew Mike Merrill, you would know that it is very un-Mike Merrill-like to lie bare-chested on the floor with his best friend’s girlfriend—in a skimpy bra and thong—nestled in his arms. But one rainy spring afternoon, that’s exactly what he’s doing.
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NIGHT FEVER
Leave the clubs, cabs and chaos on the street. Tonight, you belong in a Lower East Side penthouse, sharing a nightcap with the captivating Tsanna LaTouche
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Subtract One Death by T.C. Boyle
When life sets you adrift, sometimes the best course is to jump ship
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Riley didn’t like dogs, or not particularly. They were like children (of which he had none, thankfully), bringing dirt, confusion and unlooked-for expense into your life. But here was a dog, a darting, elaborately whiskered thing in the 70to 80-pound range with a walleye and one collapsed ear, barking inquisitively at him from the terminus of its chain.
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TOUCH-TONE
September Playmate Jessica Wall travels light, loves to learn and hopes you know how to kiss
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“I have a 50-pound hiking backpack and my normal little backpack, and that’s it. That’s everything.” To call Jessica Wall a lowmaintenance woman is an understatement. The eldest of six kids (“I’m great at sharing rooms with people,” she says), Jessica can also do a great deal of actual maintenance, thanks in part to her contractor dad.
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BUSY BEING BORNS
Sartorial advice and reflections on the power of "getting weird" from pop music's most colorful new chameleon
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AMY MARIE SLOCUM
Listening to the latest BORNS single, “Faded Heart”—and you should listen to it if you haven’t already; it’s a jam— you might briefly mistake the 25-year-old for yet another 1970s-swag devotee. Listen more closely, though, and the song turns out to be more complex than the same old moves that pop music has built its empire on.
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HALSEY
With Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, the queen of New Americana is more outspoken than ever. Here, she talks about donating $100,000 to Planned Parenthood and the virtues of the dad bod
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REBECCA HAITHCOAT
Q1: Hopeless Fountain Kingdom hit number one on the Billboard 200. You’re the first woman to top that chart in 2017. How does it feel? HALSEY: A lot of this accolade shit is super arbitrary: “Halsey is the first girl with blue hair from New Jersey to....”
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flower power forever
Hitch a ride with Jordy Murray to the hallowed grounds of Woodstock, where the spirit of free love is alive and well
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Safe Word
A vanilla husband wants to please his kinky wife. Can Mistress Ava help?
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R.O. KWON
After some discussion, they decided they'd both benefit from professional guidance. It was like doing yoga, they figured. Hazardous, at first, to go through the poses without an instructor's help. The woman who opened the door was shorter than her pictures had suggested she'd be.
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CENTER STAGE
Ladies and gentlemen, please put your hands together for October Playmate Milan Dixon
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Call it charisma. Call it the X factor. Whatever you call it, Milan Dixon has it—that preternatural quality that makes people want to be around her. She’s magnetic, a trait only enhanced by her bright, broad smile and absurdly high cheekbones.
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PLAYBOY’S PARTY JOKES
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Everyone knows “Sweet Caroline” is a classic Neil Diamond song. But did you know it’s also the technical term for a group of drunk white people? My girlfriend doesn’t like it when I play music during sex, or maybe she just has something against “Macarena.”
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Tim & Eric at 10
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! debuted a decade ago. What do its creators make of the fact that our president may as well be one of the show’s grotesquely comical characters?
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DANIELLE BACHER
“Someone give me a goddamn belt! My pants keep falling off!” Tim Heidecker kicks off a pair of Kenneth Cole slacks and crosses the floor in black boxer briefs and matching socks, jiggling his belly to the AM classic “Rich Girl” blaring from the next room.
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CROSSROADS 2.0: MUSIC AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Will Al lift popular music to new heights— or perfect the life right out of it?
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AARON CARNES
Jesse Engel adjusts his laptop with the fervor of an obsessed conductor rifling through a score. He’s tall, mid-30s, with a scruffy beard and dark hair dangling over his shoulders. With his skinny jeans and the kaleidoscopic design on his white T-shirt, he looks more like a touring bassist than a Google research scientist.
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Kingsman THE BIG EXIT
We join superspy Eggsy on his latest mission for Britain’s top-secret agency
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Rob Williams
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L. A. WOMAN
With over 1 million followers, she already lights your fire on Instagram. Now follow Carmella Rose behind the closed doors of a Laurel Canyon audiophile’s paradise as she channels the wild spirit of the Lizard King
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HERITAGE
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GOING VINYL
A brief history of Playboy’s little-known foray into the music business
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CAT AUER
This is the story of an independent record label you may never have heard of, for it flamed outfreighted with some number one songs and albums—after about seven years. The label? Playboy Records. Even the man who would become the label’s biggest star, country singer Mickey Gilley, had no idea Playboy Records existed before he signed with it in 1974.
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ROSANNE KATON
September 1978 Playmate
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Before posing for PLAYBOY in 1978, Rosanne Katon had already established a thriving acting career. (In fact, her co-stars, in different projects, included Playmates Jean Bell and Lillian Müller.) The role of Playmate was a natural fit for the New Yorker, who was frequently cast as a sex kitten in racy comedies and who projected sex appeal and substance in equal measure.
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Mardi Jacquet
October 1980 Playmate
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“I exist for excitement, for the thrill of the moment. I guess I’m your classic maniac," proclaimed October 1980 Centerfold Mardi Jacquet. Few Playmates (few humans, for that matter) project a renegade spirit quite like hers. Mardi worked on a horse ranch, detailed cars and cleaned apartments before posing for PLAYBOY.
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CLASSIC CARTOONS
Tune in to our archives for some vintage chuckles
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