October/November 2021

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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3 min.
okay, so we made a few changes…

EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO, I GRADUATED with a degree in history from the University of Illinois. I had vague notions of becoming a college professor, maybe a writer. The joke among history majors was that you became a teacher or unemployed. I fell into the latter category. Because I wanted to move out of my parents’ house, I compiled my clippings from the college newspaper and got a job at a local paper in the Chicago suburbs, the Journal & Topics. I would be a cub reporter. The editor was and remains a guy named Todd Wessell, one of the unsung heroes of local journalism. Todd taught me how to be a reporter—importantly, a reporter, a title he preferred to journalist. He also worked my ass off. No job was too small.…

4 min.
time to grow up

dave holmes’_america AMERICA LOVES TO PICTURE ITSELF as the star of the movie, a self-image that is not unearned. We defeated the Nazis and the Japanese at the same time. We flew food and supplies into Berlin for 11 months straight. We won the cold war. Some fine early work! But time has passed, and we cannot move forward into the better days we deserve until we face a hard truth: America is no longer the strapping young hero. We are now the child star in middle age. The early critical admiration was well deserved. Our victory over the Confederacy at such a young age—that’s Ricky Schroder, age nine, becoming the youngest Golden Globe winner for Franco Zeffirelli’s The Champ. Defeating fascism in Europe? Schroder’s prime-time run on Silver Spoons. But now we’re…

1 min.
our most disappointing americans

JACOB CHANSLEY WHO? The QAnon Shaman, who broke into the Capitol building and hoped to escape notice by painting his face and wearing horns. WHY? After cutting a plea deal with federal prosecutors, Chansley’s lawyer requested that “future references to him be devoid of the use of the letter Q.” CHILD-STAR EQUIVALENT Rebrands are hard, especially right after splashy debuts. Ask Elizabeth Berkley in 1994, fresh off Saved by the Bell, ready to enjoy some artistic credibility, signing on to Showgirls. THESE PEOPLE WHO? Two unnamed women at an anti-mask protest, on a rare morning off from being rude to the waiter. WHY? The sheer nerve of assuming Ph.D.-level virology expertise while openly failing fourth-grade spelling… CHILD-STAR EQUIVALENT …is the same force that pulls Corey Feldman ineluctably toward a career in music. JOE ROGAN WHO? Podcaster and fire hydrant. WHY? Following a run of mask-agnostic indoor shows in…

2 min.
license to swill

DECANTER ($225), MARTINI GLASS ($95), TUMBLER ($95), AND ICE BUCKET ($295) BY RALPH LAUREN HOME; VINTAGE ROYAL NAVY ICE BUCKET, COURTESY @CROWLEY_VINTAGE. THE JAMES BOND of the movies is known to enjoy a martini or two, but he is an utter lightweight compared with the 007 of Ian Fleming’s original novels and short stories, published between 1953 and 1966. There, Bond reportedly consumes 317 drinks. His average weekly intake is 92 units of alcohol, or four times the safe amount for a male adult. Drinking that many of one cocktail would be terribly boring, of course. Fortunately, Fleming’s Bond consumes more than martinis. His palate contains multitudes. He drinks bourbon and Scotch but prefers the former. (Fleming retrofitted a Scottish provenance to Bond after seeing—and liking—Sean Connery in his first outing, in…

2 min.
you’ve got mail

Does it suddenly feel as if everyone is asking you to subscribe to their newsletter? That’s because they are. Email editorials are experiencing a remarkable boom, thanks to services like Substack. But they don’t all belong in your in-box. These seven are worthy of your time, attention, and almighty contact info. THIS HERE NEWSLETTER INTERNET CULTURE embedded A SHARP, fun newsletter from Kate Lindsay and Nick Catucci for the perpetually logged on—or for those who aren’t and need a reader’s digest. Turn here for levity and insight via Q&A’s with Very Online personalities, plus reflections on how to send invitations to casual events in a post-Facebook world. —LAUREN KRANC PARENTING THE NEW FATHERHOOD There’s a lot of good advice and inspiration out there for moms. Less so for dads. The New Fatherhood fills this gap in a…

2 min.
mini me

YOU’VE HEARD the advice from other parents: “Savor this time. Soon your adorable children will ask for a TikTok account and stop returning your texts.” You heed the advice. At first. Then, around the time school starts, you pine for your pre-kid existence. The slow burn into midlife has begun. If you’re like many men, you will direct these feelings to your next car purchase. Not a sports car but a vehicle that gives you a hit of youth and seats a family comfortably. The auto industry knows this. That’s why it invented the crossover, a not-too-big vehicle that moves the family but also looks like an SUV. There’s a reason they’re the fastest-selling cars in America. The Rav4 is a Potemkin village. Instead, lean into the car tailormade for Family…