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Esquire UK November/December 2020

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Every month Esquire covers a diverse range of topics from music to politics, health to fashion, lifestyle tips to inspiring features and, of course, beautiful women. Esquire's heritage of top-class writing and quality journalism, combined with A-list celebrity coverage and great photography gives the readers an informing and entertaining package every month. Esquire is the sharper read for Men who Mean Business.

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2 min.

Esquire editor-at-large RICHARD BENSON is the author of two award-winning works of non-fiction, The Farm and The Valley. ED CAESAR, an Esquire editor-at-large, is also a contributing writer to The New Yorker. He publishes his new book, The Moth and The Mountain, this November. Photographer and film-maker ANTON CORBIJN is renowned for his era-defining pictures of post-punk rock bands — Joy Division, U2, Depeche Mode — as well as for his movies Control (2007), about Ian Curtis; The American (2010), with George Clooney; and Life (2015), with Robert Pattinson. STUART EVERS, author of the collection Ten Stories about Smoking and, more recently, the novel The Blind Light, makes his Esquire debut with “Borderland”, a short story. SIMON GARFIELD is the author of books about, among other things, the colour mauve (Mauve), the sport of…

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wicked and wild and versatile with pure style

IT MAY BE THAT NO ONE WILL THANK ME, or Steve McQueen, for reminding them of yet another important aspect of being alive that we have all been missing since the beginning of this dismal year. (We, that is, who haven’t yet made it to one of these fabled “illegal raves” we hear so much about; if you’re reading, give us a text next time?) But it wasn’t until a rainy lunchtime in September, as I sat at home with my laptop, headphones on, that I really felt, for the first time, the loss of something fundamental: the joy and release of a proper party. My disco diva days, you’ll be surprised to learn, are mostly behind me. But I do love a knees-up. When the mood takes me I am…

3 min.
jessie’s world

Charlie Kaufman’s new film I’m Thinking of Ending Things, which came to Netflix last month, split the critics. For every “another superb nightmare” (The Guardian* * * *) there was a “it’s just a Debbie Downer dud” (Variety). (There was also: “It exists outside the good/bad spectrum” (Collider), which we’ll call ‘undecided’.) One thing everyone did agree on, though, was that its star, Jessie Buckley, was superb. “This is Buckley’s show, and she further cements her status as one of the gutsiest and most intuitive actors in the world” (IndieWire). “Buckley continues her streak of grounding, heavy-duty narratives with emotionally shattering interiority” (America’s The Globe and Mail). And so on. Kaufman’s existential brain-scrambler — a student’s road-trip to meet her boyfriend’s parents turns into a horror show — was the latest assignment…

2 min.
two wheels different

It’s a little surprising that by the end of 2020 electric motorcycles haven’t quite taken off yet; figuratively speaking that is. Don’t rule out flying bikes at some point but right now, they’re just fast, technical, sustainable, easy to run and virtually silent. Which may go some way to explaining the slow uptake. Bike culture, even more so than cars, is still in thrall to the petrol engine, and understandably so. The growl, the throb, the smell, the tinkering and the opportunity for unnecessary revving are precisely why many buy motorbikes in the first place. And a booming, Instagram-friendly vintage and custom-made market has extended their appeal in recent years. It might be wiser then to see the electric motorbike for what it is — different. And with it comes a…

3 min.
his favourite things

The four floors of Paul Smith’s headquarters, in an austere building on a nondescript corner in London’s Covent Garden, are jammed to the rafters with art, books, bicycles and five decades-worth of interesting ephemera. The nerve centre is 74-year-old Smith’s own office, where shelves groan under the weight of vintage cameras, footballs, wind-up toys, magazines, musical instruments, books… anything (and possibly everything) that has caught Smith’s eye or tumbled into his in-tray over the past 50 years. Paul Smith, a new Phaidon monograph out this month, describes the trajectory of the designer and his company across a glittering half-century via 50 objects, selected by the man himself. Considering Smith’s obsession with handsome/interesting/nifty things, it’s an apt way to tell the story of one of fashion’s great monoliths. “The thing about Paul Smith,…

2 min.
fixing a hole

Perhaps it’s the humdrum name that’s kept Leak from recognition today as a pioneering British hi-fi brand. But for a while that’s what it was. Founded in the 1930s as H J Leak & Co of London, it initially focused on making amplifiers for public address systems and theatres. During WWII, it began developing amps that used a clever “negative feedback” design to achieve its superior sound, a technique patented by Harold Black of Alexander Graham Bell’s Bell Telephone Laboratories in the 1930s. After its Shepherd’s Bush workshop was bombed out in the war, Harold Joseph Leak moved his small staff of engineers to the nearby Brunel Road. Named after Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the art deco factory estate’s design influenced Leak’s flourishing line of amplifiers, loudspeakers and turntables. One amp from…