The January 1998 issue of Playboy Magazine starts the new year off with an intriguing blend of interviews, articles, pictorials, humor, and more.
The issue opens with the 'Playboy Interview' featuring a candid conversation with professional basketball player, Grant Hill. This is followed by 'Rap at The Crossroads', an article exploring the status and direction of the rap music industry. Next up is a striking pictorial, 'Boss Tweed', and a science fiction story, 'The Wire Continuum', written by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter.
A segment on food, 'Grillin' & Chillin', is followed by 'Kickin' & Clickin', a fashion feature for the stylish man. The issue presents another piece of fiction, 'The Battle of Khafji', which precedes the tantalizing 'Sling Babe' pictorial.
'The Madness Begins at Midnight' offers a travel piece with a unique perspective. Humor ensues with 'Hamlet as Told on the Street', and the festive 'Eleventh-Hour Santa' gift guide provides last-minute shopping ideas.
'That Was The Year That Was' humorously reflects on the past year. Introducing Heather Kozar, Playboy's Playmate of the Month, the issue follows it with the customary 'Party Jokes' and another captivating fiction piece, 'Three Balconies'.
'Digital Bash' offers an electronics feature, and 'My Story: Bettie Page's Missing Years' delivers an exclusive interview with the iconic model. Rounding off the issue is 'The Year in Sex', a pictorial reviewing the year's most erotic moments, 'Playboy Gallery: Kim Basinger', a humor piece 'Seinfeld Forever', and '20 Questions' featuring actress Teri Hatcher.