So Playboy is becoming proudly birthday-suit free. Lots of jokes this week about how guys will now be able to honestly say “I only read it for the articles.” From 1994 through 2002, I wrote a bunch of pieces for Playboy on No-Knock Raids, Ruby Ridge, Waco, Janet Reno, IRS, Surveillance, Pork Barrel Prisons, the Drug War, AmeriCorps, the Patriot Act, and a bunch of other topics. My editor was Jim Petersen – one of the sharpest wordsmiths and most principled editors I have had the pleasure of knowing.
Most of the articles dealt with political & bureaucratic obscenities. Admittedly, a few of the illustrations were zesty and some of my exchanges in the magazine with hostile critics got more explicit. My favorite retort involved wheedling in a reference to Philadelphia furniture in response to an indignant Princeton philosopher whose book I had flailed.
Below are links to the text of most of my Playboy pieces.