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A freelance writer learns what it's like to be a single, heterosexual guy in an unsteady world when he's invited to travel cross-country for six months on the "Playboy Bus" in search of the Playmate of the Millennium.
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Leif Ueland is the co-author of Road Rules: Passport Abroad (MTV Books, 1997), based on one of MTV's hottest shows, and is a contributor to the online magazine Nerve. Currently, he divides his time between New York and Los Angeles.From Publishers Weekly:
"I scan through the familiar terrain married, mother, 35C... until I come to the final section... She's written: `I volunteer as a pediatric AIDS worker, which I consider a great honor,' " details Ueland, as he notes yet another ironic, cultural incongruity in his job as the house reporter for Playboy's six-month national search for Playmate of the Millennium. If "35C" and "pediatric AIDS worker" seems to be a contradiction, so is Ueland and his job. He says he's "never been the Playboy guy," and he appears to have gotten this gig because, while working on his novel, he wrote a humorous article about his sexual insecurities entitled "Trials of a Gay-Seeming Straight Male." Indeed, Ueland writes at length here about his therapy sessions dealing with his identity crisis as a heterosexual male who desires women outside of the Playboy paradigm. When Ueland is at his best, this sometimes shapeless, on-the-road memoir crackles with fine, mordant observations, and he can astutely communicate his emotional disjuncture with this project: "I really am invisible, standing in the middle of the crowd. I watch mutely." But too often Ueland's epiphanies feel slightly shop-worn: "These girls, the Myras, Mollys, and Hesters you know what? I'm like them. They're just likable." Frequent name-dropping (Graham Greene, John Updike, Norman Mailer, Ernest Hemingway), while ironic, looks silly. In the end, Ueland learns that being a heterosexual male doesn't mean being a womanizer, but while his journey is often entertaining, it doesn't yield surprising insights.
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Book Description Grand Central Publishing, 2002. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0446527009
Book Description Warner Books, New York, 2002. Hard Cover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition (stated). FIRST PRINTING (stated) of the First Edition. The memoirs of a man hired by Playboy magazine to search America for the 'Playmate of the Millennium', taking interviews with many of the most beautiful women in existence, doing exciting photo shoots with them, and much else, learning in the process a great deal about the ambitious ladies themselves, those who work at Playboy and their own attitudes - as well as discovering some interesting things about himself too. Hardcover with dust jacket, 312pp. A very nice copy, the jacket neatly encased in an acid-fee archival plastic protector. Rare. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 00013618
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