A Requiem for Playboy in Its Heyday (Nudes and All)

It's hard to overstate just how much Playboy changed American culture. Not just sexual culture -- as even some of those too young to remember tend to know implicitly -- but media culture, journalistic culture, literary culture, pop culture. That's worth keeping in mind given that Playboy announced on Monday that, effective with its March 2016 issue, it's eliminating nude photos of women, with founder Hugh Hefner's blessing.So the old bit about men saying "I read it for the articles" to justify why they bought Playboy? The plan is to make that, well, mandatory.Honestly, though, a lot of men (and women) really did read it for the articles. As one of the leading outlets for literary fiction for decades, Playboy published a Who's Who of letters, including John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates, John Cheever, Nadine Gordimer, Vladimir Nabokov, Kurt Vonnegut and Saul Bellow. Its in-depth "Playboy Interview" was a forum for smart conversations with everyone from Allen Ginsberg and Bob Dylan to Fidel Castro and Jimmy Carter -- the last famously telling the magazine during his 1976 run for president that "I've committed adultery in my heart many times." (Even my conservative Catholic father bought that issue, as I found out years later; it turned up buried in a box of his stuff after his death.) Continue reading at AdAge.com Continue reading at 'Advertising Age'

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A Requiem for Playboy in Its Heyday (Nudes and All)

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Nabokov on one page, nudes on the next: a Playboy literary editor reveals all

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Playboy: Now with 100 percent fewer nudes!

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Now Playboy deletes its Facebook account, citing values

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Heyday Books Publisher Steve Wasserman Discusses the Future of the Printed Word

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