For the articles: The ever-intrepid “magazine reader” columnist for the WP, Peter Carlson, provides his readers with a deeper understanding of the cultural significance of the annual SI swimsuit edition. We thank you, Peter.
But then I realized what was really going on. SI is owned by AOL Time Warner, the rapacious conglomerate that was nearly bankrupted by the moronic merger-mania of its executives. This folly apparently left SI so poor that it could afford to buy only the bottom halves of these expensive bikinis. And the models, eager to help their impoverished employer, gamely carried on as best they could. In these trying times, that’s downright inspirational!