Playboy to Focus on Writing


Ray Bradbury, Joseph Heller, Margaret Atwood, Jack Kerouac, and Kurt Vonnegut all found homes for their stories in Playboy. Now the publication better known for the highly photoshopped pictures of naked women plans to focus on its articles—by March 2016, the magazine will do away with nude pictures.

Playboy’s articles have always been a source of controversy. In 1985, Congress withheld funding from the Library of Congress over the publication of a braille edition of the magazine. A year later, after a lawsuit from blind readers, a Federal judge ruled in favor of maintaining a braille edition.

Ian MacAllen is the author of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2022). His writing has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, Southern Review of Books, The Offing, 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, and elsewhere. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at More from this author →