Men's Lifestyle

GQ May 2018

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2 min.
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Meet Alex Pappademas As a GQ contributor, Alex Pappademas has burgered with Quentin Tarantino and sipped Moutai with Jackie Chan. In this issue, he acquaints himself with David Byrne’s rapid-fire mind (page 40). Below, we acquaint ourselves with his. 1 What is the most David Byrne breakfast? What you normally get, but ordered in an odd, deliberate cadence, as if language itself is not your first language. 2 You should listen to David Byrne while you’re _____. Exploring a city by bike or light rail; burning down a house. 3 Please share your worst Byrne pun headline. For an interview during a wine tasting: “Byrne After Riesling.” 4 What do you misplace most frequently? A miniature tripod I use to more precisely position my digital recorder when speaking with the newsmakers of our time. 5 There are two certainties in…

14 min.
21* books you don’t have to read before you die

*Technically 20 books—Adventures of Huckleberry Finn did not fare well We’ve been told all our lives that we can only call ourselves well-read once we’ve read the Great Books. We tried. We got halfway through Infinite Jest and halfway through the SparkNotes on Finnegans Wake. But a few pages into Bleak House, we realized that not all the Great Books have aged well. Some are racist and some are sexist, but most are just really, really boring. So we—and a group of un-boring writers—give you permission to strike these books from the canon. Here’s what you should read instead 1 Lonesome DOVE by Larry McMurtry INSTEAD: THE MOUNTAIN LION BY JEAN STAFFORD • I actually love Lonesome Dove, but I’m convinced that the cowboy mythos, with its rigid masculine emotional landscape, glorification of guns and destruction, and…

3 min.
get back to workwear

Workwear has now officially transcended its function. When you wear a Carhartt vest or a pair of Dickies work pants, you aren’t just paying tribute to the people who literally built America over the past century. You’re hanging with the skaters, rappers, and grunge rockers who built entire cultural movements around their style in the ’80s and ’90s, like Tupac Shakur, Kurt Cobain, and the Beastie Boys, whose influence continues to loom large today. Not only do you not need to know how to operate a band saw to dress “authentically” in workwear; you don’t even need to know what a band saw does.* “Cobain to carpenter” is a wide spectrum—wide enough that the workwear trend now has room for all of us, making it as foundational as it is fashionable. *Want…

1 min.
silk is a strong look

Burned into our collective memory as the apparel of choice for gangsters like Tony Montana, playboys like Hugh Hefner, and the greatest dolt in fashion history, Derek Zoolander, silky menswear has been parodied into a pulp. But now’s the time for men to embrace their indulgent side, and there’s nothing richer, more louche, and more perfect for the wild world of style we live in today than silk. And though it seems delicate, it’s actually one of the strongest, most breathable natural fabrics on the planet. Meaning no amount of partying will ever be too much or too hard for your favorite new silk. We advocate the don’t-overthink-it approach when it comes to wearing it. Go with sharp-creased slacks and loafers, a trim-fitting camp shirt with faded jeans, or a…

2 min.
wine kicks the bottle

Two things that are true at the same time: The world of wine has changed immeasurably in the past 9,000 years. It has also barely changed at all. Just about the biggest shift—from clay pots to glass bottles—took more than a century to perfect and catch on. That was 200 years ago. Which should explain—but not excuse—the less-than-thrilling first few years of the wine-in-cans movement: The producers who bought in were so obsessed with the novelty, they forgot to compete on taste. We’re happy to report—after several months of consulting pros, throwing back cans, and draining boxes—that those low expectations can now officially be crushed and thrown in the recycling bin. The landscape has fully adapted, so ditching glass no longer means compromising on quality. Some killer producers, in California, on…

2 min.
holy shit, may is a good music month…

GQ: You have a new album, and it’s a departure from your first record, Coming Home. LEON BRIDGES: With my first album, I felt it was necessary to tell my story and my family’s story through ’60s R&B. But I knew that I couldn’t do Coming Home, Part 2. Doing that would just put me in a hole that’d be hard to get out of. The biggest thing behind it is just some experiences that I’ve had in relationships. I wanted to make an album that would show a different side of me. I want to gain a bigger audience, a more diverse audience. Diverse how? With Coming Home, it attracted a predominantly white audience. I did see growth. But it is what it is. I wanted a more diverse audience, and that…