The August 2005 issue of Playboy Magazine offers a variety of engaging articles, interviews, and provocative pictorials.
Starting with Jimmy Breslin's walk on the wild side in the streets of New York, "The Mafia" paints a vivid picture of the declining real-life Mafia, juxtaposing it with the thriving on-screen mob of The Sopranos. For sports enthusiasts, Rick Gosselin's "Playboy's NFL Preview" predicts the highs and lows of the upcoming NFL season.
Joel Stein delivers an amusing piece in "A Full Boat", narrating a weeklong poker cruise filled with quirky enthusiasts of Texas Hold 'Em, while "Old School" by Evan Rothman revisits the esteemed Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, recalling some of its greatest moments.
In the fiction section, Madison Smartt Bell's "Weight of the Moon" transports readers to Haiti, weaving a tale fraught with spirits, violence, and tragedy. The Playboy forum features Arthur Schlesinger Jr.'s critique of George W. Bush's faith-based presidency in "Lucky to Lose".
Kate Hudson is in the spotlight for the 20Q section, sharing insights into her life and career with Eric Spitznagel. The interview section welcomes Ewan McGregor, discussing his diverse acting journey and recent adventures with Stephen Rebello.
Pictorial features include the provocative "Zumanity", showcasing the sensual spectacle of intertwined bodies, and "Playmate: Tamara Witmer", documenting a Mexican escapade with the stunning Miss August. "Our Best Guess" features billboards' darling, Diora Baird, exhibiting why she stops traffic.