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Esquire April 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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this way in:   the slice is right

You may not have lusted after a meat slicer before, but then you see a Berkel and things change. The Dutch company, founded in Rotterdam in 1898 by a butcher named Wilhelmus Adrianus Van Berkel, is perhaps most famous for its elaborate manual flywheel machines used to slice expensive hunks of prosciutto in restaurants. This electric model, the 250 ($989; theberkelworld.com), retains the standout style in a smaller, easier-to-use package. You’ll still need to provide the cured meats, however. For more gear (and recipes) to entertain your guests with, turn to page 58.…

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A BRIEF MONTHLY EXPANSION ON A TOPIC EXPLORED ELSEWHERE IN THE ISSUE (SEE PAGE 58) The carrot, celery’s eccentric cousin, is a vegetable known for producing the feeling that you’re definitely going to eat something tastier and a lot less healthy later on. Because of its color and texture, it is an essential ingredient in salads, soups, and the Jolly Green Giant’s turds. The part of the carrot most commonly eaten is the orange-colored taproot, which, like Reddit users, is generally unattractive and grows up without exposure to sunlight. The orange hue is a product of beta-carotene, a pigment that is regularly cucked by alpha-carotene. Carrots may also be purple or yellow, if they are trying to get back at their parents. Although the word carrot derives from the Latin word for “doorstop,”…

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can we talk?

As a magazine that lives and dies by the motto “Man at His Best,” Esquire is editorially compelled to steer straight into the cultural action of any topic that concerns the role of men in the world. How different this must have been when the subject was heroism or war, fatherhood or leadership, adventure or sports. Today the story that has engulfed us is sexual harassment and the many women who have been scarred by it. A terrible, inexcusable thing. Good or bad, or a human mixture of the two, if you’re like most men I know, you’re not talking, you’re listening. You’re also reading, and you’re thinking back on your own life, sifting the forgotten details for a buried wrong. Hearing the experiences of women is of critical importance in…

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is social media crushing you?

I drank the Kool-Aid, then chugged it—ad nauseam. I rocked Myspace after dabbling in Friendster. I posted pixelated selfies on Flickr, polished my résumé on LinkedIn, and joined Facebook when only college students were allowed. I had a blog, then a Tumblr. I once Yelped about my dentist. I joined Twitter in 2007, four years before the term tweet would be recognized by Merriam-Webster. When I first embraced social media, I had a hunch that these digital platforms would change the world for the better—“bring the world closer together,” as Facebook’s mission statement boasts. The widespread sharing of information and political organizing powered the Arab Spring, fueled Obama’s 2008 campaign, and birthed the Numa Numa Guy. But there’s a considerable trade-off when the majority of us are consuming this stuff on a…

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born to be wild

“Oh, there’s a big one,” Iliana Regan says. She’s standing at the edge of a pond holding a long stick that’s capped with a three-pronged spike, like Poseidon’s trident. Night has fallen, but Getty Sikora, a childhood friend of Regan’s, illuminates her way with a flashlight. With a quick flick, Regan plunges the shaft into the muddy fringes of the pond. When she lifts it up, there is a plump bullfrog pierced and wriggling at the end. She drops the frog into a bag with a bunch of its amphibian brethren and we set out to find more. It’s the weirdest hunting expedition I’ve ever been on, not least because it takes place on a suburban golf course about an hour south of Chicago, where Regan, one of the most creatively distinctive…

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required reading

The Sparsholt Affair By Alan Hollinghurst Call Me by Your Name meets Evelyn Waugh in a gorgeous novel about the generations-long aftershocks of a youthful tryst. (Knopf, $29) American Histories: Stories By John Edgar Wideman A new book of short stories probing big matters—race, family, mortality—in singular style. (Scribner, $26) The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath By Leslie Jamison The Empathy Exams author is back with a provocative meditation on addiction. (Little, Brown, $30) On Grand Strategy By John Lewis Gaddis A sweeping analysis of strategy over the centuries from “the dean of Cold War historians.” (Penguin Press, $26) The Corporation By T.J. English The long-awaited followup to English’s epic Havana Nocturne reads like a deeply researched real-life Scarface. (William Morrow, $29) Soon By Andrew Santella Santella reveals the hidden benefits of procrastination. Why change tomorrow when you don’t have to change at all? (Dey Street, $26) In…