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Esquire August 2015

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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the cold open

The National Football League, which begins its ninety-sixth season of play next month, has proven itself to be one of the doughtiest enterprises in the long history of hullabaloo and ballyhoo. (Its history extends back to when people actually used words like hullabaloo and ballyhoo.) That character never has been tested the way it has under the NFL’s current commissioner, Roger Goodell, a man who never has seen a problem he couldn’t turn into a crisis and never has heard dissent he couldn’t turn into a pitchfork-waving mob. Under his occasionally distinguishable leadership, the NFL has found itself, in only the past few years, on the wrong side of domestic violence, child abuse, pharmacology, neuroscience, and, most notably, its own silly rules regarding the Ideal Gas Law. Under Goodell, the…

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the things they carried

First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross carried letters from a girl named Martha, a junior at Mount Sebastian College in New Jersey. They were not love letters, but Lieutenant Cross was hoping, so he kept them folded in plastic at the bottom of his rucksack. In the late afternoon, after a day’s march, he would dig his foxhole, wash his hands under a canteen, unwrap the letters, hold them with the tips of his fingers, and spend the last hour of light pretending. He would imagine romantic camping trips into the White Mountains in New Hampshire. He would sometimes taste the envelope flaps, knowing her tongue had been there. More than anything, he wanted Martha to love him as he loved her, but the letters were mostly chatty, elusive on the matter…

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Colum McCann, one of the world’s great novelists, was in the building a couple weeks ago. Colum is a longtime friend of Esquire’s. Way back in 2003, we named him one of our Best and Brightest, and he agreed to contribute an original story to that issue to mark the occasion. And so began a long relationship. We’ve held writing contests together; we helped him launch a charitable enterprise, Narrative 4, dedicated to storytelling in the service of what Colum calls “radical empathy”; together we published a collection of stories about being a man. And over the years, we’ve published his stories and pieces of his novels; we’ve also taken great delight in and toasted his many accomplishments, like the National Book Award he won in 2009 for his novel…

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the esq & a

Over Skype. Johnson in L.A., Raab in Cleveland. SCOTT RAAB: Man, you’re gorgeous. DWAYNE JOHNSON: Awww. SR: That smile speaks a universal human language. Do you ever think about how huge you are right now? DJ: I just came back from the gym, and I’m driving down Sunset and I see a massive billboard that says San Andreas, and I’m like, “Wow, that’s great! This worked out!” I get corny like this. And I swear to God, I turn my head and there’s an even bigger billboard that says Ballers. Man, I can’t believe it. SR: What a path. You look like an old wrestler I used to see every once in a while. DJ: I’ve been fortunate to have had the life I had prior to Hollywood. I wasn’t starving, I was going to eat…

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dwayne johnson

Date of birth: May 2, 1972 Which makes him: 43 Aliases: The Rock; D.J.; the Great One; the People’s Champion; the Most Electrifying Man in All of Entertainment. Birthplace: Hayward, California Kids: One; Simone Alexandra, 13 WWE Hall of Famer heritage: Grandfather “High Chief” Peter Maivia; father Rocky Johnson. A legacy celebrated in: A traditional Polynesian tattoo spanning his back, arm, and chest. Which took: 60 hours to complete. Production company: Seven Bucks Production Which he runs alongside: His ex-wife, mother of his child, and close friend, Dany Garcia. And is named after: The amount of cash in his wallet the day he was cut from the Calgary Stampeders in 1995, effectively ending his football career. Which opened the door to: A wrestling career boasting seven WWE Championship reigns, five World Tag Team Championship reigns, and two Intercontinental Championship reigns. WWE…

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the 26 most watchable tv shows

1. THE OLYMPIC 100-METER FINALS (NBC) The only sporting event everyone understands. 2. SILICON VALLEY (HBO) “Jobs was a poser. He didn’t even write code.” —Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch, left) 3. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW (PBS) People are monetarily rewarded for their ancestors’ tangential relationships with famous people and for shopping at garage sales. 4. CATFISH: THE TV SHOW (MTV) Better than the movie. 5. HANNIBAL (NBC) Better than the movie. 6. FARGO (FX) Not as good as the movie, but still pretty good. 7. NAKED AND AFRAID (DISCOVERY) A nude coed duo spends three deeply unarousing and inspiring weeks in the wilderness, turning a cynical premise into an incredibly entertaining journey to the poles of human experience—you will see people go from starving in a primitive shelter to almost weeping with joy at the discovery of a grub nest. The survivalists’ relationship, like a…