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Men’s Health-er Eats, Shoots, and Leaves

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TALKING HEAD Zinczenko

David Zinczenko spends so much time on television plugging Men’s Health, it sometimes seems he’s less an editor in chief than a cliché-spouting celebrity spokesmodel. So if Zinczenko appeared to to be a teensy bit ill-at-ease during an appearance on Fox News yesterday, chances are it wasn’t the camera, but the strange sensation of sharing a screen with someone who has experienced, and written about, his oral sex technique. Awkward!

Some background: Several years ago, Los Angeles-based writer Anna David teamed up with New York sex columnist Amy Sohn for a Playboy article. Each woman spent a few days in the other’s hometown, meeting, dating and, occasionally, shtupping men from the opposite coast. Anna’s first encounter was a figure named Magazine Guy, the “dark-haired and tall and appropriately chiseled” editor of an unnamed men’s title.

Despite finding him “cheesy and too into himself” on first inspection, the writer soon succumbed to Magazine Guy’s pickup moves, which included massaging her back in a taxi, showing off a gift from designer Tom Ford, and telling her about a story he was editing on cunnilingus: “He says he would tell me what the article espouses but it’s actually something far easier to show than it is to tell.” And to think she had him pegged as cheesy.

[UPDATE: Zinczenko emails Radar this morning to tell us his version of what went down: "The Playboy article took a lot of artistic license, and it was a fun, gossipy read about a semi-fictionalized encounter. Given the made-up dialogue she attributes to Magazine Guy, I certainly wouldn't have gone to bed with him."]

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