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Esquire September 2017

Esquire is a funny, informative, connected magazine that covers the interests of American men—all the interests of the American man: Politics, style, advice, women, health, eating and drinking, the most interesting people of our time. All that and it’s the most-honored monthly magazine in history.

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hit the links flash some green

If we needed any further proof that the loafer is once again king, Tom Ford’s new York Chain is surely it. Available in suede, pony hair, and calfskin (below), the shoes have a lightweight construction and dispense with clompy Goodyear welting. The highly flexible sole drives home the whole point of a loafer, namely comfort, but the deepgreen finish and antiqued-brass hardware give it Tom Ford’s signature—a ton of panache.…

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Kim Jong Un is the current leader of North Korea, the country created by the UN after World War II and marketed as a “funsized Russia.” Kim is the second son of Kim Jong Il, the notorious dictator who was fanatical about both nuclear weapons and conferring on himself hundreds of official titles. Kim Jong Un was officially given leadership in 2011 when his father assumed the role of Thoroughly and Supremely Dead Former Leader. Like “the wave,” Kim is large, circular, and originated sometime in the 1980s. He was educated in Switzerland, where he developed a love of basketball and American celebrity culture, even eventually becoming friendly with former NBA star Dennis Rodman. Kim is typical of most millennials in that he only wants good food, freedom from obligations…

3 min.
invasion of the mind snatchers

Earlier this summer, I went to Milan and Paris for almost two weeks. It was a business trip, mind you, but I’ll never complain about having to be in Europe. Over there—torn free of the familiar routines—I couldn’t take in all the news I do at home. Here I’m a human shuttlecock, commuting between my house in Connecticut and the Esquire offices in Manhattan. Going into town, it’s The New York Times and various websites; coming back out, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post. All the while, cable news is chasing me down, blaring its “breaking news” on my TV, my laptop, and my iPhone. Trips overseas offer a legitimate excuse not to pay as much attention. The newspapers mentioned above either aren’t available or are a fourth…

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Nick Sullivan, Matthew Marden, and Jon Roth Esquire’s fashion editors Sullivan, Marden, and Roth are the minds behind Esquire’s style pages. They’ve been especially busy coordinating this issue’s 42 fashion pages, and photo shoots that took them from Los Angeles to Montreal. Sullivan’s fashion icon is the Duke of Windsor; Marden’s is Fran Lebowitz. Roth is all for the big collars of ’70s-era Redford, Beatty, and Hoffman. Jean H. Lee Author of “Kings of Communism,” page 94 Credentials: Wilson Center Global Fellow; former Pyongyang bureau chief, Associated Press. Choice fashion period: The Jazz Age, to party and talk writing with F. Scott Fitzgerald. Favorite conspiracy theory: The Sony cyberattack was North Korea’s revenge for The Interview. Natasha Zarinsky Editorial Assistant at Esquire Her fashion icons: Lena Horne and Diana Ross. Choice fashion period: The ’90s. “I was all about the…

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project red light

the Big Bite A Cultural Guide to Just Enough of Everything Today, Times Square is the number-two tourist destination on earth, as aggressively cheerful as Disney World. But in the 1970s, it was a scuzzy, seedy wonderland of lowlife pushers, peep shows, and, most of all, prostitutes and pimps. It’s no wonder, then, that David Simon, the mastermind behind The Wire, set his new HBO show, The Deuce, there. Cocreated by George Pelecanos, it tells the story of Vincent and Frankie Martino, identical twins (each played by James Franco) inspired by real-life brothers, who open a mobbacked “massage parlor.” When a court finds that New York has no “community standards” to speak of, overturning decades of obscenity laws and unleashing the national id, the Martino brothers, along with Candy (played by…

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are you experienced?

Carne y Arena, Oscarwinning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s latest work, is six and a half minutes long. It can be seen by only one person at a time. And although it debuted at the Cannes film festival this past May, it’s not exactly a film. To experience it, you had to drive twenty minutes to an airplane hangar filled with sand and surrounded by steel fencing, take off your shoes, and don an Oculus Rift headset, headphones, and a backpack. Carne puts the participant in the Sonoran Desert at nightfall, just as a group of immigrants attempting to cross the border illegally are confronted by Border Patrol agents. The title means “flesh and sand,” and the experiential installation is as visceral as it sounds—a fully realized virtual reality that is…