Starting with the "Playboy After Hours" segment, the May 1976 Playboy Magazine issue gives a round-up of cinema, appreciating Robert De Niro's performance in 'Taxi Driver' and sharing Robert Redford's experiences during the filming of 'All the President's Men'. The critic also takes a firm stand against a tasteless 'Gable and Lombard'.
The "Books" section reviews new novels by James Purdy, Gore Vidal, Leon Uris and Irving Wallace, offering diverse literary perspectives for the readers. The magazine's "Television" section previews the May 16 special 'F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood', along with Sheila Graham's candid comments about the production.
In the realm of music, the issue features a review of a new album by the swiftly rising star Phoebe Snow and discusses the reissue of an old one by Mel Tormé and Frances Faye.
A candid interview with Abbie Hoffman, the co-founder of the Yippies and a fugitive from a drug bust at the time, provides thought-provoking insights into his life in exile and his plans for a new underground movement. The article "The Demons of Gerald Ford" offers a psychological portrait of the President, suggesting a vengeful side beneath his calm exterior.
The issue concludes with a tasteful pictorial featuring Barbara Parkins of 'Peyton Place' fame, accompanied by some straight talking by Parkins as noted by Playboy Contributing Editor Bruce Williamson.
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