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Esquire December 2017/January 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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the original bros. an american institution hits 200

No clothing company is as tightly woven into our country’s fabric as Brooks Brothers. Lincoln wore it, and so did Warhol. Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age characters loved the rolled neck on their button-down shirts, and at the height of ’80s excess, American Psycho Patrick Bateman did, too. When the brand collaborated with Supreme on a seersucker suit and bucket hat, even streetwear fans bought in. So while Brooks Brothers’ new book, out now from Rizzoli, rightfully takes a long look back at the clothier’s 200-year history, it never feels dusty. In a world of logoed-out, overadorned fashions, its quiet American classics—the sack suit, the repp tie, the crisp white button-down—may be the ultimate rebellion.…

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A BRIEF MONTHLY EXPANSION ON A TOPIC EXPLORED ELSEWHERE IN THE ISSUE (SEE PAGE 60) Poetry is an imaginative style of writing that is considered essential to read, but only after the writer has died. Words used in a poem form pleasing sound patterns and are symbolic of greater themes. For example, “night” represents the poet’s depression, “the moon” represents the poet’s depression, and “dick” represents the Man from Nantucket’s penis. Poems may follow differing rules for rhyme and structure; the only requirement is that the author be insufferable. The first known poems in Western culture were called epic, even though they contained no avocado. They were long stories that were read out loud as a way for wisdom to be passed down to future generations and then ignored. Written poetry…

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man to man

Sometime in the mere eight days between Hugh Hefner’s unironic death from a fecal-bacteria infection and Harvey Weinstein’s rebirth as the most loathed male on the planet, a new age seems to have dawned, one in which men who are outraged by the sordid legacies of these two degenerates are being called to help stamp out the behavior of others like them. “Everybody knew” and “open secret,” the two refrains we’ve heard in the wake of Weinstein’s downfall, may not be literally true, but they’re a bracing reminder of how many people—studio executives, actors, lawyers, publicists, agents, and journalists—were complicit in the scandal. It’s not difficult to understand why the complicity was widespread. Faced with a hard choice, one that might cause friction in a career, a friendship, or even…

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decadence for the people

the Big Bite: A Cultural Guide to Just Enough of Everything Matty Matheson remembers when the rich people showed him the way. They had taken him to dine at Le Bernardin in New York City. Matheson, a thirtysomething, tattoo-swaddled Toronto chef and Vice video star, has spent much of his life around feral excess. This is a guy who had a heart attack at the age of 29. But that evening, he witnessed an approach to indulgence that was new to him: Each person at the table was treated to an “ice cream scoop of caviar,” Matheson recalls. It moved him, seeing all those tiny pearls. “When you eat caviar, you should eat a lot,” he now believes. “I want to eat spoonfuls of caviar. I don’t want to eat a smidgen on…

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let mike d pick your perfect winter wine

• • • It’s the time of year when we grow thirsty for red wines that go well with roast meats and root vegetables, but that doesn’t mean we necessarily want something all heavy and Goth. In our quest for the perfect bottle, we went to Michael Diamond, better known as Mike D of the Beastie Boys, who has let his wine obsession bloom into a professional reinvention. This fall, he is making his debut as a wine guru at the Hearth & Hound, a new restaurant in Los Angeles from April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman. Diamond’s pick for the holiday season is a classic: Lapierre Morgon, a natural wine from Beaujolais. “You don’t have to be too precious about it,” he says. There’s a festive lightness that’s typical of…

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the master

Is there anything more preposterous than a Hollywood actor announcing his retirement? Yet when the news dropped this past June that Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread (December 25) would be Daniel Day-Lewis’s final film, we got the sinking feeling that he really meant it. “We all probably have a shelf life,” Day-Lewis, now 60, confided in the recent HBO documentary Spielberg. “We probably go past that shelf life, most of us, without even knowing it.” Don’t expect a victory lap or any coy talk-show confessionals. There will likely be just one last majestic performance and then goodnight. He won’t be hanging around to play Batman’s butler. Day-Lewis, the son of Cecil Day-Lewis, a poet laureate of England, and the son-in-law of the playwright Arthur Miller, is the foremost Method actor of…