LOS ANGELES, Monday, April 21, 2014 — As part of its ongoing 60th anniversary celebration, Playboy magazine today announced that its May 2014 issue (available on newsstands and iPlayboy.com now) features a special edition “Playboy A-Z” lexicon, edited and produced by Creative Director Neville Wakefield. The 86-page supplement offers a unique take on the ideological, sexual, political and aesthetic philosophies that Hugh Hefner and Playboy’s editorial team have stood behind since the magazine’s inception. A selection of content is also available on Kinja at http://playboysfw.kinja.com/tag/playboy-a-z.
“We handpicked Neville Wakefield for this one-of-a-kind collaboration and offered him the opportunity to let his artistic vision run wild,” said Playboy Editorial Director Jimmy Jellinek. “The final product is a truly unique supplement to our May issue which takes risks and pushes the envelope.”
The special series of alphabetized content features a mix of essays, images, artwork, and pictorials by a diverse group of contributors, including British essayist A.A. Gill and cultural critic Camille Paglia; artists Richard Phillips and Richard Prince; authors Kelly Oxford and Christopher Ryan; and photographers Juergen Teller, Jim Krantz, Henrik Purienne, Jeff Burton and Hans Feurer.
“Playboy A-Z was created by people both fresh and familiar to the magazine, and we hope our lexicon entries add a surprising voice to the Playboy ethos,” commented Neville Wakefield. “You’ll find serious ideas butting up against frivolity, hedonism against intellect, and men against women. What our alphabet speaks to is a classic Playboy curiosity—the urge to look at the world in unaccustomed ways.”
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