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Esquire October/November 2020

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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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4 min.
after the fire

THE FIRE STARTED BY THE GARBAGE CANS IN THE BUILDING’S COURTYARD. Someone had just moved out, leaving a pile of wooden furniture and an old mattress. It’s unclear what ignited this pile of kindling and fuel—a smoldering cigarette butt? an overworked heating duct?—but sometime after midnight on a hot night in August, a spark set off a conflagration that by 2:30 A.M. was raging. “Fire!” my wife, Sally, yelled to wake me. “Michael, fire!” I heard the pulsing shriek of smoke alarms and shouting coming from beyond our front door before I fully opened my eyes. Through a haze of yellow smoke, I saw Kelsey Grammer. We’d fallen asleep to Frasier reruns. I shot out of bed and into the hallway. Smoke was snaking along the ceiling, creeping around the corners, circling…

1 min.
the next front line

IT’S BEEN NEARLY A YEAR since the virus that changed everything arrived in America, and we’re starting to grasp the impact the coronavirus will have on our bodies and our communities. Before the pandemic, more than 37 million people in this country lived in households that couldn’t afford or didn’t have access to proper amounts of nutritious food. It’s a horrifying number that experts believe will grow by as many as 17 million this year due to increasing unemployment rates. To help people in need of meals, Esquire and its parent company, Hearst Magazines, have teamed up with Feeding America. The hunger-relief organization sets up food banks around the country. If you’re able, we encourage you to donate as well by visiting feedingamerica.org. FEEDING AMERICA In partnership with Feeding America, Esquire and…

4 min.
quarantining with the godfather

AS QUARANTINES GO, FRANCIS FORD Coppola’s setup in the Napa Valley sounded pretty sweet. I did a couple of Zoom conversations with the film director and winemaker over the summer, and what he described, as I sat by my laptop with yet another tin of tuna, struck me as a sort of Italian-American midpandemic Eden. Coppola and his family were sequestered on the expansive acreage of the old Inglenook estate that he and his wife, Eleanor, had purchased back in 1975, when the Coppolas were flush with cash from the first two Godfather films. And when I say “family,” I mean much of Coppola’s extended clan, including his children and grandchildren and nephews and apparently anyone else with a soft spot for cabernet sauvignon and wraparound porches—about 25 people total, depending…

1 min.
get mellow with melo

A glass of S. R. Tonella with Anthony Anderson. A hefty pour of Far Niente cabernet with Jamie Foxx. Caymus uncorked at the sight of, well, any famous face. The conceit of Carmelo Anthony’s weekly You-Tube talk show, What’s in Your Glass?, was simple: The NBA star and a guest would share a few sips of their favorite vintages while catching up. But as COVID-19 forced us to stay home and a swell of protests in support of Black Lives Matter urged us not just to get angry, the Brooklyn baller’s lines of questioning changed. As Killer Mike, Tiffany Haddish, and Snoop Dogg appeared on split screen, Melo no longer cared if they liked sangria. Instead, it was what advice the Run the Jewels rapper wants all young Black men…

2 min.
the jewel in the crown

THE PASHA DE CARTIER IS, AS THE STORY GOES, named for the Pasha of Marrakech, who commissioned the timepiece from the French brand in 1933. He wanted something waterproof—Rolex’s Oyster, the world’s first waterproof watch, had debuted just a few years before—that could stand up to his penchant for active sport. Thus a modern icon was born. Just one thing about that story: It’s not true. Why the confusion? Record keeping and self-mythologizing, mostly. When its namesake fell from power, the original Pasha watch supposedly disappeared. In 1943, a Cartier special order featured a watch with a rounded case and a steel cage to protect the glass. And 42 years later, in 1985, a watch bearing a striking resemblance to that timepiece—brought to life by Gérald Genta, the legendary watch designer…

2 min.
the second coming

IT’S LIKE THERE’S A GLITCH IN THE Matrix. Except instead of Keanu (beautiful, sweet Keanu) muttering “déjà vu” at a black cat, it’s guys catching a glimpse of a Goodyear-welted boot or a flash of buffalo plaid and thinking, Wait, haven’t I seen this before? Yep. Heritage men’s wear—the sturdy, historically inspired stuff of late-2000s obsessions and early-2010s Tumblrs—is making its way back into how we dress now. “It definitely feels familiar,” says Todd Snyder, who fueled Heritage 1.0 when he was helping popularize Ludlow suits and Red Wing boots at J. Crew before launching his namesake label in 2011. This time around, though, instead of mashing up suits and boots, we’re mashing up down vests and chamois shirts with sweatpants and sneakers. The vibe is still informed by the classics,…