July / August 2012

Table of Contents

  • Page Numbers: 54 55

    Interview |

    Charlie Sheen Eric Spitznagel

    A candid conversation with the infamous bad boy about his hugely public meltdown, his recovery and the collateral damage it all caused

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    Feature |

    How We Lost The Good War Shashank Bengali

    Afghanistan was the battle everyone agreed needed to be fought. What went so terribly wrong, and what happens next? Observations from Inside the War Zone

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    Pictorial |

    Model Mayhem Ales Bravnicar

    Prada vixen Nina Kohne heats up the Sunshine State

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    Fiction |

    Live By Night Dennis Lehane

    Joe made a big mistake in rousting the gangster's game, but if he hadn't, he would never have discovered Emma Gould

  • Page Numbers: 70 71

    Feature |

    The Lost Photos Of Jack Kerouac Greil Marcus

    In 1959, Robert Frank-fresh off the publication of his seminal book of photography, The Americans-went on assignment for Playboy to photograph his friend Jack Kerouac, author of On The Road and the face of the Beat generation. Fifty-three years later, we offer these never-before-seen photos.

  • Page Numbers: 74 75

    Feature |

    The Iconoclast J.c. Gabel

    Wes Anderson, the director who makes the films everyone loves but no one sees, is back. The man behind Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and Fantastic Mr. Fox explains the magic of Paris, the enduring appeal of Bill Murray and why Hollywood makes him nervous

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    Feature |

    Beyond The Sky Rob Magnuson Smith

    Don't be so quick to dismiss the idea of flying saucers. Astrophysicists think there's a good chance we're not alone

  • Page Numbers: 88 89

    Pictorial |

    The Bronze Age Tony Kelly

    Playboy's guide to tanning in the hot Summer months

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    Feature |

    The Talented Mr. K Wendy Goldman Rohm

    Did this young Indonesian Bacchus seduce the rich and powerful in a multimillion-dollar wine counterfeit scheme?

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    Feature |

    America's Best Bars 2012 The Editors Of Playboy

    This is journalism, people. All year long our swarms of investigative reporters ping-pong across the nation, hitting juke joints, mixology meccas, beach bars and dives by the dozen.

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    Pictorial |

    Playmate: Shelby Chesnes Stephen Wayda

    Small Wonder Our diminutive Miss July dreams big

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    Pictorial |

    Playmate: Beth Williams Stephen Wayda

    Country Strong Saddle Up with Miss August

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    Feature |

    Playboy Classic: Ayn Rand Alvin Toffler

    Remembering the great conservative thinker

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    Feature |

    Father Knows Worst Neal Pollack

    What happens when a man tries to make a living by branding his hipster family values? In short, career suicide. One such father explains how daddy blogging derailed his pursuit of writerly riches-and his life

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    Feature |

    Carnal Knowledge Kim Anami

    The Ancient Greeks called it hysteria. Today we call it "not getting any." A sex coach reports on her life's work: curing the "epidemic" of sexually unfulfilled females

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    Feature |

    Shattered Genius Brett Forrest

    Grigori Perelman is one of the greatest mathmaticians of our time, a Russian genius who solved the Poincare Conjecture, which plagued the brightest minds for a century. At the height of his fame, he refused a million-dollar award for his work. Then he disappeared. Our writer hunts him down on the streets of St. Petersburg

  • Page Numbers: 138 139

    20Q |

    Andy Samberg Eric Spitznagel

    SNL's latest transplant to the big screen defends his haircut, talks about this hippie parents, comes clean about his friendship with Justin Timberlake and explains why assembling IKEA furniture can be sexy

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    Feature |

    Sex, Drugs & Video Games David Kushner

    Nolan Bushnell is the godfather of the multibillion-dollar gaming industry, a man who lauched Silicon Valley with a beer in his hand and pipe in his teeth. At the age of 69 he aims to reinvent himself all over again. The rise, the fall, and the redemption of the original Zuckerberg whiz kid

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    Pictorial |

    Jenny Mccarthy Steve Shaw

    She was shy young lass from Chicago when she first posed for Playboy. Now she's an Icon. Jenny McCarthy is hot in Hollywood