Tuesday, October 13, 2009
MARGE SIMPSON GRACES PLAYBOY MAGAZINE
I'm a collector of vintage Playboy magazines. The issues from 1960-1977 are fantastic. While the standard joke used to be about "reading Playboy for the articles", the truth is that some of America's finest authors were published in Playboy's glossy pages: John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., George Plimpton, and Hunter S. Thompson all offered up their prose in between photos luscious naked women. The magazine was witty, urbane and stylish.
Then the late 1980's hit and it all went downhill. The magazine started to look cheap. The women looked trashy. The articles weren't as good. The whole enterprise seemed like an outdated, pathetic relic.
Even my father, who had always subscribed to Playboy (delivered to his clinic, no less) cancelled his subscription.
Things only got worse with the rise of internet porn. Charmless spankers just got on line to leer at women for free, and Playboy magazine languished at the newsstand.
Which is why for years I've said that Playboy should get back to its roots: top quality writing, humor and tips on how to create a sophisticated bachelor den. Return to more stylized nudes and photo shoots. Give people something they're not getting on line.
So when I saw Marge Simpson in a rather 1960's pose on the cover, plus a new piece of fiction by Stephen King, I was impressed. This is an issue I will buy. It's a fresh new direction with a nod to the past. A perfect combination.
Keep it up Playboy! Now all you need is to hire me as a writer and you'll really have a sensational publication...