Leopold (Lee) Froehlich is managing editor of Playboy. Over the course of his 22-year career at the magazine, he has edited fiction and nonfiction by Katherine Dunn, Liesl Schillinger, Barry Hannah, Harry Crews, Roger Ebert, Robert Gordon, Lyudmila Petrushevskaya, Jonathan Raban, Gore Vidal, Robert Coover, Chuck Palahniuk, T.C. Boyle, Don Winslow, Walter Abish, George Pelecanos, Dave Hickey, Victor Pelevin, Scott Turow, Dubravka Ugrešic, Robert Stone, Ishmael Reed, Barbet Schroeder, Rodney Crowell, Thom Jones, Aleksandar Hemon, Will Self, Christopher Hitchens and Paul Theroux. He is based in Los Angeles. He also heads Playboy’s book operation, which could offer a new route for writers seeking publication of books. Froehlich recently completed editing the six-volume 3,600-page Hugh Hefner’s Playboy for Taschen. Among his feature stories about New Orleans for the magazine is Venus on the Half Shell on the inimitable Louisiana oyster.