Rolling Stone's True Blood cover vs. Playboy's Madame Bovary

Sex sells, baby, so you can expect Rolling Stone's "True Blood" cover to spark a big jump in newsstand sales. Or at least a big jump in visits to the Rolling Stone website. Stars of the HBO show, which is adapted from Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse vampire series, are pictured naked and dripping with blood. (The magazine assures me that no humans were sacrificed in the shoot.) Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard make for a hot trio.

And even as Rolling Stone unveils (literally) a cover worth of Playboy, that venerable sex mag's September edition is excerpting a new translation of Gustave Flaubert’s "Madame Bovary" by Lydia Davis. In announcing the literary feature, Playboy noted that in recent years, it has featured works from Vladimir Nabokov, Chuck Palahniuk, Stephen King, Dennis Lehane and others.

I doubt that the excrpt will move any copies of Playboy, but it's nice to see the magazine's support for writers continue.

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