Back in the ’70s, I was an editor at Playboy magazine. We were on top of the world, making tens of millions a year in pure profit. We had a private DC-9 airliner, limousines, virtually unlimited expense accounts, and anything else we could dream up. There was a Picasso over the fireplace at the mansion, a Dalí in the powder room. Editorial meetings with Hefner could run from 1 in the afternoon until 2 in the morning, with meals served by liveried butlers. If things got boring, there was a swimming pool in the basement. One wall was glass and faced a subterranean bar, where we could sit and watch the Playmates swim while we sipped a glass of the house wine, a 1964 Château Lafite Rothschild. It was a good place to develop bad habits. Oh, and we had promiscuous sex and lots of drugs, too. Our life then was an attempt to stay forever in that precarious space between desire and pleasure, between wanting and having, switching back and forth from one to the other so quickly that sometimes it was like having an electrode implanted in your brain: Just press the lever for the next rush. I remember one sunny afternoon,… Read full this story
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