By Chelsea Barnett
As news broke today that Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy, had died aged 91, many were quick to point to the complicated legacy of both the magazine and the man behind it. Now popularly associated with his bevy of young lovers and infamous parties at the Playboy mansion, it would be easy to dismiss Hefner as merely an enduring barrier to the fight for gender equality. Yet to do so would to overlook the significant cultural impact of both Hefner and Playboy, particularly during the 1950s under the shroud of Cold War anxieties. Continue reading RIP Hugh Hefner. Thank you for the entertainment
By Allan Jacob
Sole survivor or mass murderer? I shared Santhosh Kumar’s dilemma when he sat down to sketch Syrian President Bashar Al Assad. The chief illustrator wasn’t sure how to portray him, nor was I on how to make sense of the madness that gripped Syria for six years and has now come to an end. Continue reading Assad is no longer pure evil, he’s now being called the lesser evil
By Bernd Debusmann Jr.
The earthquake is this week’s tragedy. Before that struck, it was the death of a location manager for the show Narcos. A look at life with threats and murder
Continue reading ‘There will be blood’: In Mexico, it’s a recurring, brutal theme