This edition of Playboy kicks off summer with a flourish, diving into the season's sizzle with "Wet Hot American Summer," featuring trendy shades, boats, and sun-kissed beauties.
The second installment of James Ellroy's four-part memoir, "The Hilliker Curse," continues his riveting search for love and lust. "Soul Man" gives a rich insight into Booker T. Jones's legendary Memphis soul music, while "The Playboy Bar: Rum" offers a tropical exploration of sugarcane-based libations. Interviews with Shia LaBeouf and Scott Boras provide intriguing perspectives, with LaBeouf revealing hidden depths and Boras discussing his controversial role as a sports agent.
The fiction section presents "Lovely Rita," while the pictorials include the patriotic "God Bless America," featuring actress and singer America Olivo. Miss June Candice Cassidy, a charming Midwest farmer's daughter, brings a rustic allure to the pages. The highlight of the issue is the crowning of Ida Ljungqvist as the 50th Playmate of the Year, an internationally-fluent beauty with global appeal.