By David Rakoff

David Rakoff takes us on a bitingly humorous grand travel of our tradition of extra. even if he's contrasting the splendor of 1 of the final flights of the supersonic Concorde with the good-times-and-chicken-wings populism of Hooters Air; operating as a cabana boy at a South seashore lodge; or touring to a personal island off the coast of Belize to observe a soft-core video shoot—where he's supplied with his own own manservant—rarely have greed, self-importance, selfishness, and vapidity been so mercilessly skewered. someplace alongside the road, our fit self-regard has exploded into obliterating narcissism; our manic getting and spending have now develop into celebrated as ethical virtues. concurrently a Wildean satire and a plea for a bit human decency, Don’t Get Too cozy indicates that faraway from being bobos in paradise, we’re in a unique circle of gilded-age hell.

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My name is called, and Agent Morales brings me back into her office. From her window I can see the Brooklyn Bridge, hazy under a humid sky the color of a soiled shirt collar. Agent Morales's desk is crowded with small plaster figures of cherubic children holding fishing poles, polka-dot-hankie hobo bundles, small wicker picnic baskets, etc. The walls, however, are almost completely bare. Perhaps it's bureau policy, but all of those typical examples of office humor—that in other work environments might get their own piece of paper, perhaps with Garfield or Dilbert saying them—have all been printed onto the same 81⁄2 5 11 sheet and listed like bullets in a PowerPoint presentation.

Vanessa laughs and beckons him onto the bed to do it for the camera. Perhaps this is just the nature of soft-core, but the girls' hands are kept so primly far away from their genitals that all of their crypto-masturbatory back arching and moaning for no apparent reason starts to look a little mentally unbalanced, frankly. Unless, of course, it's actually the appointments of this private villa that's doing it for them, although I doubt it. While I have known people who do get a little moist over high-quality linens or superior window treatments, they are not, in a word, women.

Simplicity, it seems, has always been wasted on those who simply cannot appreciate it. SESIÓN PRIVADA Close one eye and block out the stand of tattered palms with your thumb, and the tiny San Pedro airport, battered by horizontal sheets of rain, has some of the gray, hardscrabble charm of the Scottish coast. But unless you are featuring the gray, hardscrabble charms of the Girls of the Scottish Coast, this is about the last thing you want for a Playboy shoot. You certainly don't send a still photographer, videographer and crew, and three centerfolds to equatorial Belize looking for weather like this.

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