Playboy Magazine, January 2009

Aug. 8, 2023 in PlayBoy 2000s by Wyatt Earp

Playboy Magazine, January 2009

The January 2009 issue of Playboy opens with a reflective piece on George W. Bush's presidency by Christopher Hitchens, highlighting lesser-known accomplishments. In an in-depth feature, Chip Rowe ranks the 55 most influential figures in sex during Playboy's 55-year history, illustrating the magazine's longstanding commitment to sexual freedom.

A rare glimpse into the private correspondence of Norman Mailer offers insight into the acclaimed author's inner thoughts. Richard Stratton presents an intriguing look at the elusive Irish mobster James "Whitey" Bulger, inspiration for Jack Nicholson's character in "The Departed."

Joe Queenan humorously documents his cross-country adventure eating only at Hooters, and the issue also celebrates 55 beautiful years of Playboy with a stunning collection of images. An interview with Virgin's founder Richard Branson touches on the global financial crisis and his future plans, including commuter spaceflights.

The issue's fiction includes a heartfelt story by Scott Turow about a father's connection with his daughter. Finally, the Playmate of the Month, Dasha Astafieva, is revealed, with an accompanying Playmate Review giving readers a chance to vote for Playmate of the Year.

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