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Esquire UK

July/August 2021

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

NATHANIEL GOLDBERG’s photographs appear regularly in Vogue Paris, Vogue Italia and V magazine. He has shot campaigns for Giorgio Armani, Hermès, Gucci and Christian Dior. ‘BORN TO RUN’, PAGE 92 JOHN GRANT is a singer-songwriter. His albums include Queen of Denmark; Pale Green Ghosts; Grey Tickles, Black Pressure; and Love is Magic. His new album, Boy from Michigan, will be out on 25 June. ‘VETUR’, PAGE 76 JOE DUNTHORNE’s most recent books were a collection of poetry, O Positive, and a novel, The Adulterants. His novel Submarine was made into a film by Richard Ayoade. ‘MORTALITY, PARENTING AND THE EPIC EXISTENTIALISM OF PIXAR’, PAGE 118 ANNIE LAI’s photographs have appeared in Vogue, The New York Times and Another. Her clients include Mulberry, Net-a-Porter and Uniqlo. ‘SEA STATE’, PAGE 122 SIMON KUPER is a columnist for the Financial Times and author of Football Against…

6 min
moral turpitude; aesthetic bliss

“THE TEST OF A FIRST-RATE INTELLIGENCE is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” That’s F Scott Fitzgerald, writing in Esquire in 1936. The essay was called “The Crack-Up”. It’s a sadly familiar trap for the writer on sport to fall into, a journalistic crime worthy of pillory in “Pseud’s Corner”, to find himself summoning airy literary quotations when trying to describe commonplace feelings about, say, a game of football. But I’m afraid Fitzgerald’s epigram popped into my head the other evening when I was plonked in front of the first leg of the Champions League semi-final between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, and resistance was futile. On the one hand, the distasteful spectacle of watching one…

8 min
glass half full

In his introduction to a 2000 Norwegian translation of On the Psychological Effects of Wine, a work by 19th-century Italian novelist Edmondo de Amicis, the Norwegian psychiatrist Finn Skårderud made an interesting suggestion. It was one about which he was only partially serious. What if our everyday malaise had a simple solution: wine? “After a couple of glasses, everything falls into place. It feels right,” he wrote. “You quickly conclude that you were actually created with a negative blood alcohol content of about 0.05 per cent.” In other words, life would be better if we corrected that balance; if we spent most of our time, well, a little bit drunk. Of course, a specific blood alcohol level might be difficult to maintain, Skårderud acknowledged, and it would be easy for a…

1 min
frame by frame

According to Jacques Marie Mage founder Jerome Mage, his brand’s limited-edition sunglasses sit at the “intersection of French art deco and vintage Americana”. Statement-making, elegant, impeccably well-made and eye-wateringly expensive (UK prices begin at £560 and rise to around £1,500), Mage’s shades, according to the Los Angeles-based Frenchman, demonstrate “a complete dedication to craft and quality. People were making glasses before, but they did not live and die to produce an exceptional product.” Founded in 2014, the brand’s distinguishing style is an oversized, thick, black acetate frame — very 1960s beatnik — though there are metal-framed designs, too, perhaps more evocative of a sunburned desert highway than a Greenwich Village happening. The vibe is cinematic, sexy and maximalist. And although the sunglasses and lenses are manufactured in Japan, the ethos is…

3 min
green screen

If you’re not green-fingered yourself, you’d be forgiven for not having heard of Dan Pearson, but for decades his has been a name to conjure within horticultural circles. Now, the explosion in popularity of gardening over the past year or so, as locked-down homeowners discover the joys of time spent in their own green spaces, as well as in public parks and gardens, has made Pearson, at 57, an unlikely social media star. He has 56,000 Instagram followers tracking both his professional work and his more intimate, diaristic updates about life in north Somerset, where he moved last year after 28 years spent in London. (You can find him @coyotewillow). “I think the pandemic has made people think about what has value and how easy that connection can be with nature,”…

1 min
spirit of ’68

For its new all-in-one music player, Cambridge Audio has turned the dial back to 1968, the year of its first product, the P40 amplifier. The late 1960s and 1970s was an era of hi-fi as style statement: it had to both look good and sound good. In today’s age of mesh-and-plastic smart speakers, those criteria have rather fallen by the wayside. So Cambridge Audio has come up with Evo (as in “evolution”), a minimalist music streamer combining premium materials and classic industrial design. The 1970s vibe is represented by its walnut side panels (the P40 had similar) that complement its black anodised aluminium body. Streaming is managed through the company’s StreamMagic app, a remote control, or the whopping dual-centric rotary dial on the front. Next to that there’s a 6.8-inch LCD…