Playboy Magazine Back Issue - January 2004
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Playboy January 2004 Magazine |
UPC: 07099235270801 | ISSN: 0032-1478
Volume 51 Issue # 1 COVER STORY
Fifty years ago we invented a winning formula: top-notch journalism, hilarious
cartoons and, of course, nude photos of beautiful women. This issue shows why
we're still on top at our half-century mark. Art Director Tom Staebler created
our celebratory cover. Senior Art Director Len Willis designed our anniversary
logo. Our Rabbit doesn't look a day older.
90 IMMODEST PROPOSALS
The nation's smartest—and ballsiest—writer lays out a fearless platform
for a brave new world. Ignore it at your own risk. BY NORMAN MAILER
117 50 YEARS: A PLAYBOY CELEBRATION
In 1953 the first issue of PLAYBOY hit newsstands and, quite simply, changed
everything. These 21 pages tell the story of history's best-looking revolution.
138 TO MY SON
A playwright famous for turning four-letter words into an art form passes down
some tender truths about women, handshakes and necrophilia. BY DAVID MAMET
142 THE NEW PLAYBOY BACHELOR PAD
View the ultimate party space for the 21st century single man. BY FRANK GEHRY
The simple tools of writing can shed more light on the creative process than
any words. That's why this novelist collects blank sheets of paper from such
famous authors as Sigmund Freud and John Updike. BY JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
152 FEAR AND JUSTICE IN THE KINGDOM OF SEX
The original gonzo journalist salutes Hef and worries that old communist conspiracy
theories are being repackaged as the War on Terrorism. BY HUNTER S. THOMPSON
158 YOUR OFFICE OR MINE?
A writer best known for her humorous send-up of office life says we should reevaluate
the role of sexual harassment in the workplace. BY LAUREN WEISBERGER
Every year men driving fire-breathing farm equipment pull into a tiny Washington
town to drink up, fuel up and get smashed up. BY CHUCK PALAHNIUK
182 DR. SEX
Alfred C. Kinsey pried open the bedroom doors of 18,000 Americans and published
the most intimate details of their sex lives. Here are his sexual peccadillos.
BY T.C. BOYLE
220 50 PRODUCTS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
How the miniskirt, Big Mac and Jacuzzi helped fast-forward us into the future.
BY BOB SLOAN AND A.J. BAIME
254 MY LIFE WITH PLAYBOY
Shortly before his death, Gotham's man of letters immortalized his favorite
memories from the Mansions. He bunked with Bunnies, snapped Centerfolds in Hef's
backyard and almost tripped over a napping Warren Beatty. BY GEORGE PLIMPTON
260 20Q: AL FRANKEN
The SNL alum behind the controversial book Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell
Them comes clean about life as a liberal satirist. Honest. BY WARREN KALBACKER
A man discovers the truth behind an unsolved homicide. BY SCOTT TUROW
228 ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER
A manic bridge tender loses his bird's-eye view in a swan dive. BY THOM JONES
79 JACK NICHOLSON
Forget his 12 Oscar nominations. Jack Nicholson is our anniversary Playboy Interview
because he's the exemplary Playboy man. The Hollywood legend addresses his reputation
as a rogue, reveals his definition of a woman's "sweet spot" and says
he'll retire when younger actors can do a better job than he can. BY DAVID SHEFF
96 LIGHTS, CAMERA, FANTASY!
Michael Bay, Spike Lee and six other top Hollywood directors will get rave reviews
for their visions of beauty. Definitely not rated PG.
168 PLAYBOY'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY PLAYMATE: COLLEEN SHANNON
This Alaska native embodies our hopes for the future.
200 GOLDEN MEMORIES
It took half a century to put together this scrapbook. In it are the Playmates
and celebrities wito define American beauty.
233 PLAYMATE REVIEW
Soft money is not an issue in this election. Cast your ballot for your favorite
NOTES AND NEWS
25 PLAYBOY MANSION FROLICS
Eminent, Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek and George Clooney help us celebrate 50
65 THE PLAYBOY FORUM
From abortion to sodomy, the battles we helped win; Hef writes the Playboy Philosophy.
309 PLAYMATE NEWS
Celebrities who've posed for PLAYBOY will compete in the Lingerie Bowl during
Super Bowl halftime; Colin Farrell's favorite Playmate.
29 DEAR PLAYBOY
33 AFTER HOURS
61 THE PLAYBOY ADVISOR
180 PARTY JOKES
290 WHERE AND HOW TO BUY
315 ON THE SCENE
188 THE A-LIST
Billy Bob Thornton, Jerry Bruckheimer, Greg Kinnear and other members of the
Hollywood elite revel in their personal style. BY JOSEPH DE ACETIS
196 THE GOLD STANDARD
These precious-metal accessories offer the appropriate shine for our golden-anniversary
The Return of the King caps off the Lord of the Rings saga.
Pirates of the Caribbean is shipshape; Liv Tyler's nude scenes hoist our mainsail.
Blink-182 leaves our eyes wide open; the Beatles tear down a wall of sound.
Max Payne finds love and new firepower; a chat with Mya about gaming.
Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas is strange in the best way. Plus: fun with serial killers!