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AS THE YOUNGEST HEAVY­WEIGHT CHAM­PION IN BOXING HIS­TORY, MIKE TYSON TER­ROR­IZED OP­PO­NENTS. NOW, WITH HIS NEW DOC­U­MEN­TARY, CHAMPS, HE CE­MENTS HIS PLACE IN THE SPORT’S HIS­TORY. AND IN HIS IN­TRO­DUC­TION TO THIS IS­SUE’S “BEASTS FROM THE EAST” FEA­TURE (PAGE 90), THE LEG­ENDARY PUGILIST PROVES HE’S NEARLY AS NIM­BLE WITH WORDS AS HE WAS IN THE RING. RAW TALK:

“When I think of the word raw, I think about unadul­ter­ated, hard-core. When peo­ple used to think I was crazy, what I re­ally was was a real hard-core in­di­vid­ual.”

NEW YORK MAG­A­ZINE SEX COLUM­NIST MAU­REEN O’CON­NOR HAS COV­ERED OF­FICE HOOKUPS AND SEX­TING, CHEAT­ING AND THREE­SOMES. IN THIS IS­SUE’S ES­SAY “BOT­TOMS UP” (PAGE 38), THE PRINCE­TON GRAD RE­FLECTS ON OUR FA­VORITE BODY PART AND WHY IT’S HAV­ING ITS MO­MENT IN THE SUN. RAW TALK: “Some­thing is raw when it is un­re­fined. It’s about pu­rity. To en­joy raw food, raw sex, or raw feel­ings, you must trust that the source of the raw­ness won’t kill you—or en­joy the fact that it could.”

GROW­ING UP IN THE POSTIN­DUS­TRIAL MILL TOWNS OF NEW ENG­LAND, BEST-SELL­ING AU­THOR

AN­DRE DUBUS III— WHOSE NOVEL HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG PRO­VIDED THE RAW MA­TE­RIAL FOR A CRIT­I­CALLY AC­CLAIMED HOL­LY­WOOD FILM—GOT TO EX­PE­RI­ENCE “RAW” FIRST­HAND. THAT BACK­GROUND MADE DUBUS (WHOSE MOST RE­CENT BOOK IS THE STORY COL­LEC­TION DIRTY LOVE) THE PER­FECT CHOICE TO RE­FLECT ON THIS IS­SUE’S THEME, ON PAGE 28. RAW TALK: “For me the word raw has to do with be­ing emo­tion­ally naked, and we’re only emo­tion­ally naked when we’re in the pres­ence of some hu­man truth. I hope my piece ex­pressed that.”

WHETHER BREAK­ING THE IN­TER­NET WITH HER OFF­BEAT MUS­INGS AS FOUNDER OF THE­HAIR­PIN.COM (STOP WHAT YOU’RE DO­ING AND GOOGLE “WOMEN LAUGH­ING ALONE WITH SALAD”) OR HIT­TING THE TOWN WITH THE BOS­TON BRU­INS (GOOGLE THAT, TOO), EDITH ZIM­MER­MAN BRINGS A WRY WIT TO HER SUB­JECTS. THIS MONTH SHE SAT DOWN WITH COVER GIRL CANDICE SWANEPOEL (PAGE 74). RAW TALK: “Raw is like an in­ter­sec­tion of sexy, sleazy, sick, and healthy. Like a hot guy cov­ered in cuts.”

GILLES BEN­SI­MON, THE ICONIC PHO­TOG­RA­PHER, WHO SHOT SWANEPOEL, MAY KNOW MORE ABOUT THE SUB­JECT OF BEAU­TI­FUL WOMEN THAN ANY­ONE ON EARTH. OVER THE YEARS THE PARISIAN LENS­MAN HAS WORKED WITH EV­ERY­ONE FROM GISELE AND BEY­ONCÉ TO ELLE MACPHER­SON AND KELLY KILLOREN BEN­SI­MON—THE LAT­TER TWO OF WHOM ARE AMONG HIS EXES. NEED­LESS TO SAY, IT’S BEEN A GOOD LIFE.

RAW TALK: “To­day is all about pro­tec­tion: sun­block, sun­glasses. But some­times you want to keep things nat­u­ral, hon­est. That’s what I tried to do with Candice, and that’s what raw means to me.”

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