How to Be a Playgirl [NOOK Book]

Overview

Jessanne Collins fell in love with magazines as an idealistic teenager. But after years of working in publishing, she was beginning to wonder if actually finding a job at one was impossible. Self-serious and a smidge overanalytical, Collins was surprised to suddenly find herself with a job offer from Playgirl—a dream come true wrapped in an existential nightmare.

Founded in the ‘70s by an entrepreneur determined to cash in on the newly ...
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How to Be a Playgirl

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Overview

Jessanne Collins fell in love with magazines as an idealistic teenager. But after years of working in publishing, she was beginning to wonder if actually finding a job at one was impossible. Self-serious and a smidge overanalytical, Collins was surprised to suddenly find herself with a job offer from Playgirl—a dream come true wrapped in an existential nightmare.

Founded in the ‘70s by an entrepreneur determined to cash in on the newly liberated modern woman, the magazine had gone through more than a few identity changes by the time Collins sat for an interview. And while working at a magazine full of pictures of naked dudes wasn't exactly what Collins had in mind, she also knew that this might be her best chance at the future she'd imagined.

HOW TO BE A PLAYGIRL is her account of this extraordinary experience. From day one, when she finds on her desk a deflated blow-up doll and a package of something called “adhesive underwear,” Collins is in alien terrain, an upside-down corporate world where everything is exposed and yet nothing is as it seems. With wit, compassion, and candor, Collins offers an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek inside this iconic publication as well as a modern-day fable about taking a leap in the pursuit of a dream.
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Editorial Reviews

Co-Author of THE UNDERMINER - Mike Albo
"Funny and full of bare butt, How to Be a Playgirl is also a cogent report from today's changing media landscape, full of the unique insight that comes from straddling (figuratively!) the challenges of an editorial job at a doomed publication."
Author of AND THE HEART SAYS WHATEVER - Emily Gould
"With wry wit and an eye for damning, hilarious detail, Jessanne Collins imbues the death throes of a ridiculous magazine with dignity and pathos, penis jokes notwithstanding."
Salon - Tracy Clark-Flory
"... an earnest and insightful look at sexuality and female desire."
Author of THE KNOW-IT-ALL and THE YEAR OF LIVING BIBLICALLY - AJ Jacobs
How to Be a Playgirl is so funny it will make your chiseled, well-oiled abs ache with laughter (even if you don't have chiseled, well-oiled abs). Jessanne Collins has given us a delightful peek into the world of hunks and lumberjack costumes. But her book is not just about the last days of the legendary magazine. It's also about relationships, finding your calling and the changing media landscape.
Author of AND THE HEART SAYS WHATEVER - Emily Gould
With wry wit and an eye for damning, hilarious detail, Jessanne Collins imbues the death throes of a ridiculous magazine with dignity and pathos, penis jokes notwithstanding.
Co-Author of THE UNDERMINER - Mike Albo
Funny and full of bare butt, How to Be a Playgirl is also a cogent report from today's changing media landscape, full of the unique insight that comes from straddling (figuratively!) the challenges of an editorial job at a doomed publication
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016707358
  • Publisher: Chase Road
  • Publication date: 6/3/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 192,123
  • File size: 181 KB

Meet the Author

Jessanne Collins is the editor-in-chief at mental_floss, the magazine for "knowledge junkies." She has written for The New York Times, Salon, The Awl, The Millions, and The New York Observer.
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  • Posted August 25, 2013

    No story, no plot. Basically it is a short with bunch of funny l

    No story, no plot. Basically it is a short with bunch of funny little moments from working at an odd place. Amusing at times, it seemed like a great introduction to a larger story, but no larger story at all. No storyline at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    Crazy story....well told. 

    Crazy story....well told. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    Short story

    Reads like an article. Only 93 pages. Welk written but was expecting something more

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2013

    I can't put this book down. Laughing out loud and so well writt

    I can't put this book down. Laughing out loud and so well written I can picture the story. Great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2013

    A fun, but not frivolous, read. I only wished it had been longer

    A fun, but not frivolous, read. I only wished it had been longer. (Not because there was anything left unsaid, but because I enjoyed the writing and tone so much.) I found myself laughing out loud at some points, then questioning my own career decisions at others. I loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2013

    Humorous and insightful! A fun summer beach read. 

    Humorous and insightful! A fun summer beach read. 

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