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R.I.P. Alice K. Turner, Who Made Playboy The Home Of Great Stories

For decades, Playboy was known as the home of some of the best short fiction published anywhere — including a lot of groundbreaking work by Ursula K. Le Guin, Ray Bradbury and Doris Lessing. This was largely due to the strong editorial hand of Alice K. Turner, who died yesterday of pneumonia. » 1/19/15 10:40am 1/19/15 10:40am

Michonne's gory Walking Dead backstory revealed in the latest issue of Playboy

Stoic, sword-wielding Michonne is one of the greatest characters in The Walking Dead comic series, but before the zombie apocalypse, she was an ordinary lawyer who used swords for fencing rather than chopping off limbs. The new issue of Playboy features a six-page comic that reveals the precise moment Michonne became… » 3/17/12 7:45am 3/17/12 7:45am

Watershed moments in sexy magazine centerfold research

In the last decade or so, researchers investigating human preferences for male and female body shapes have turned to a previously under-explored academic resource – in the form of double-page gatefolded magazine spreads. Specifically, the centerfolds of so-called ‘top-shelf' publications. » 10/01/11 7:30am 10/01/11 7:30am