Monday, March 28, 2016

Playboy: not many sexy pictures, but lots of Don Cheadle



     When I heard that Playboy is for sale — its supposed worth, about $500 million — my first, unvarnished thought was: "Who's going to buy the magazine? I wouldn't buy a copy of the magazine."
     Last fall, when Playboy announced that they would no longer publish nudity, I wasn't even curious. Who cares? The world has hurtled past them.
     Now I realized that journalistic rigor demands I get my hands on an issue. Look at the thing. They used to send them free to the newspaper, where the fat brown envelopes, with discreet "PEI" — Playboy Enterprises Inc. — return addresses, would stack up, unopened. Life is just too short to browse $10,000 stereos and endless variations on the same pneumatic airbrushed babe.
     No more. I felt a trickle of dread at the thought of buying Playboy. There's still a whiff of shame associated with buying pornography.

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7 comments:

  1. That cover photo is less sexy that the photos I get from my colonoscopies!

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  2. What? no comments or concerns about the Christians targeted
    in Pakistan for celebrating Easter in a park?

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    1. Why would you think that this post is the most appropriate forum for such comments or concerns? I think you can safely assume that all readers here find the attack deplorable.

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    2. It's horrible. Is there more to add? I try not to traffic in the obvious. I take Foundling's comment as a passive-aggressive, we're-the-true-victims complaint.

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  3. Interesting that the lovely Saint Gaudens rendering of Diana the Huntress was removed from its original perch atop Madison Square Garden becaus the local clergy deemed it obscene. I believe is now resides in Philadelphia, evidently a less priest-ridden town.

    Tom Evans

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    1. It seemed apt for today's subject. And yes, I found her at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I love Saint Gaudens, particularly his 20 dollar gold piece.

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  4. Perhaps the "1974 snapshot" photographic style is targeted at an audience who mostly consumes photography in the form of instagram feeds with retro-kitschy filters applied.

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