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Esquire October 2018

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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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Hearst
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9 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

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a league of extraordinary figurines

You probably noticed that our cover doesn’t look like the other ones on newsstands this month. For our 85th-anniversary issue, our design director, Raul Aguila, and our cartoon and humor editor, Bob Mankoff, asked the cover artist, Ed Steed, to imagine one that brought to life this issue’s theme: “Sane Advice for Crazy Times.” Steed, a British cartoonist who has previously contributed to Esquire, spent three weeks sculpting 85 clay figurines. There’s the somber graduate, the robot, the punk rocker—all just as hard to categorize as our difficult, breakneck-pace moment in time. “I miss ’em,” he says. “Every day I woke up and saw these little faces look back.”…

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esquipedia

A BRIEF MONTHLY EXPANSION ON A TOPIC EXPLORED IN THE ISSUE The smile is the facial expression someone makes that lets you know they haven’t been to their Botox person lately. It typically indicates happiness, one of the many human emotions experienced only by women. The act of smiling requires 42 more muscles than the act of registering numb indiffierence, but you never hear anyone say, “Hey, your face is really ripped.” Smiles are usually identified by the upward curve of the mouth; however, it is possible for people to smile with their eyes, especially if they’re British and would rather not show their crooked, brown teeth. Fake smiles are usually characterized by the person’s eyes being open, the person being next to you in an elevator, or the person being…

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stranger things have rarely happened

One of the cooler aspects of my job is being able to invite interesting people I’d like to meet to Esquire’s office for a visit. There are two reasons I have a steady stream of talented actors booked on the calendar: One, our extraordinary entertainment features director, Emily Poenisch, is clearly one of the most persuasive people on earth, and two, what true genius wouldn’t want to check out the headquarters of the legendary magazine whose eighty-fifth anniversary we’re celebrating in this issue? The purpose of these get-togethers is to gut-check our own instincts about the people we’re excited about, by making sure that whomever we get behind isn’t just a cipher with a square jaw who can memorize lines—but someone with heart, soul, a sense of humor, character, brains,…

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new-age steak

A Cultural Guide to Just Enough of Everything When John Tesar pointed them out to me, I recoiled. The shape of the lobes looked familiar, but the surface of each one was the color of a baked potato. Splotched with greenish-white mold and resting on racks in the chef’s refrigerated aging room at Knife, his steakhouse in Dallas, they looked like incubating eggs that were about to crack open with baby velociraptors. An hour later, I was eating one. And it was delicious, with a rusty, funky richness so fat-bottomed and long-lasting that it seemed deviant. Those blobs, you see, were aging foie gras—some of them more than a year old. Tesar hadn’t begun serving slices of the duck-liver flavor grenades yet at Knife, but he was thinking about it. First he…

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letter from the future

When I reach him by phone in Paris, the bestselling author Yuval Noah Harari declares free will an illusion, human rights a fiction, and democracy on the verge of obsolescence—all in a single breath. “We are all the outcome of neurological and biological processes in our body and brain,” he tells me with his eventoned, Hebrew-inflected diction. “You cannot choose your desires freely.” The most appealing aspect of Harari’s authorial voice is the insouciant serenity with which he guides us through the science-fiction world that big data, bioengineering, and artificial intelligence are about to bring forth. It is also the most frightening. Harari, 42, whose academic specializations are medieval and military history, is the author of two multimillion-selling books—Sapiens, which has been translated into nearly 50 languages, and Homo Deus—that trace…

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how to write a 21st-century spy novel

A film student once asked Hitchcock how long you can hold the camera on a kiss. The director apparently answered, “Twenty to twenty-five minutes,” which shocked the student until Hitchcock added, “But first I would place a bomb under the bed.” A bomb under the bed during a love scene is the essence of suspense. When I initially imagined the outlines of my new novel, Red, White, Blue, I began by thinking that the spy genre, like a Hitchcock film, was defined by suspense. I thought that before I could tell a love story, I would have to place that bomb. Early on, for my research, a journalist I admired arranged a visit to Langley. The person who gave us our tour had been the public face of the CIA’s enhanced-interrogation…

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