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Esquire August 2016

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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a funny thing happened on the way to cleveland

“GOTTA WONDER WHAT he’d have made of this year’s GOP crop of Know-Nothings.” This email, from one of the most respected journalists in America, summed up what I’ve been hearing for months now. The “Know-Nothings” have been whittled down to one, Donald J. Trump. “He” is William F. Buckley Jr., the intellectual godfather of modern conservatism, now presumed to be spinning in his grave. Buckley died in 2008, at eighty-two. But he did have thoughts on Trump, as it happens, and offered them in the spring of 2000, when Trump was toying with a run for the presidency. Buckley’s appraisal, which appeared in Cigar Aficionado—he had a weakness for Philippine premiums—seems prescient. “Look for the narcissist,” Buckley urged. “When he looks at a glass, he is mesmerized by its reflection. If…

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the editor

OF VICE AND MEN I ’VE BEEN WITNESSING an unexpected sight lately on the train I take between the leafy Connecticut banlieue where I live with my wife and three kids and Manhattan— an outbreak of spitting. Yes, you heard me right. A growing number of otherwise respectable-looking, twenty-first-century male overachievers wearing well-cut suits and good watches (the Milgauss, mostly) are, in the words of Charlie Daniels, taking “a little pinch between cheek and gum.” I stared slack-jawed the first time I beheld what is the telltale giveaway of a smokeless tobacco addict: the improvised, portable spittoon. These come in a variety of styles—paper coffee cup, beer bottle, soda can, though my favorite for its macho disregard of other people’s comfort is the clearplastic water bottle. Thanks for the aquarium view. Tobacco, as…

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Jay McInerney AUTHOR OF “BLOW: AN ’80S LOVE STORY,” PAGE 98 Credentials: Author of seminal novel Bright Lights, Big City and this summer’s Bright, Precious Days; Town & Country wine critic. Can’t live without: Shakespeare. Could live without: The current election. Collects: Firstedition books. The crown jewel: A copy of Tender Is the Night inscribed by F. Scott Fitzgerald to Dorothy Parker. Ariel Leve AUTHOR OF “UNEASY RIDER,” PAGE 82 Credentials: Author of three books, including the recently published memoir An Abbreviated Life. Favorite place in the world: By the ocean in Bali. Where, fortunately: She lives part time. Can’t live without: Oxygen. Could live without: Loud talkers. Collects: Moleskine notebooks. Doug Inglish PHOTOGRAPHER OF “BRING THE HEAT,” PAGE 114 Credentials: His work has appeared in Elle, Vogue, V Magazine, and more. Favorite summer hangout: Charlevoix, Michigan. Can’t live without: eBay. Could live without: Mosquitoes. Collects: Vintage Hawaiian shirts. Favorite vintage Hawaiian-shirt shop:…

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drink it in

WHYARE WE ALL so allergic to brand-new fame and the swagger that comes with it, particularly in awoman? This is what I keep askingmyself upon the publication of AmySchumer’s book,The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo (outAugust 16 fromSimon&Schuster,whopaid her a reported $9 million for it), as the inevitable backlash begins. Because at the exact moment Schumer deserves to be on top of theworld—her face omnipresent, her brand bulletproof, and her nascent empire expanding by the millisecond—the vultures are starting to circle. Schumer is,many complain, becoming a “diva” (see also: female person with preferences and free will) because she hasn’t welcomed every single facet of being America’ssweetheart, imaginary best friend, drinking buddy, and fuck doll. Her offenses clearly fall onto an enviable list of achievements:Who else could make a rom-com for…

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a buzz with a bang

IN AMERICA, we drink our coffee in coffee shops and our alcohol in bars, most of which serve coffee only as an antidote, unless it’s Saint Paddy’s Day. The stimulant and the depressant rarely meet—even more rarely with ice. Other parts of the world, though, don’t draw this distinction. We’ve been missing out—there are fine summertime drinks worth knowing. If you’ve ever spent time in the coffee-drinking regions of Europe, where cafés double as bars and bars cafés, you’ve beheld them: coffee drinks in tumblers and even cocktail glasses, each chilled and then perspiring, glinting in the late-morning or midafternoon sun on a white-cloth table in a piazza frozen in history, the edge of its bearer’s energy just slightly rounded off. Mind sharpened; body and time at ease. The greatest of these…

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friendly fire

WE THINK OF VEGETABLES as delicate, often mushy things. Blame your grandmother. “The way she cooked them,” says chef John Fraser (right), “it didn’t create texture, just a lot of steam. What vegetables really need is a char—that’s why we all love brussels sprouts now, when they’re burned.” At Nix, his vegetablefocused New York restaurant, Fraser and his staff use a wok and a tandoor to heat things at a high level. But at home, especially during the summer, your grill is ideal for unlocking vegetables’ flavors. Here, Fraser devised three grill-ready preparations exclusively for Esquire, so you can eat vegetables not because they’re good for you but because they taste good. GRILLED AVOCADO TOAST, CHERRY TOMATOES, SOFT-HERB VINAIGRETTE Peel and core 2 avocados, then slice. With a pastry brush, spread olive…