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Esquire December/January 2017

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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take it to the max

A year ago, my wife and I were staying with friends in New York. Within minutes of our arrival, they whisked us into their bedroom, where they flung open their closets and dressers. “KonMari!” said the wife, running her fingers across a perfectly arrayed rack of six pressed blouses. “KonMari!” said the husband, caressing seven pairs of socks that looked like they’d never been worn. KonMari, for the blissfully uninformed, is “the life-changing magic of tidying up,” as prescribed by best-selling Japanese author Marie Kondo. She preaches a philosophy of ruthless decluttering, a merciless purge of all but the most essential possessions, with the end goal being to achieve some real-life version of inbox zero. Is this really the key to happiness? There’s no better time to ask. In the decadent weeks between…

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a note from the editor

IN THIS CORNER . . . IN THE HALF YEAR THAT I’VE BEEN editing Esquire, we’ve been doing a lot of necessary thinking here about the mission of this magazine, and how big the opportunity (and responsibility) is for us to create something truly innovative—something that speaks to and inspires a new generation. If I’ve learned anything over my three decades in magazines, beginning with my time at The New Yorker, it is that Big Ideas always get bigger and smarter when you build upon breakthroughs. And breaking through is in Esquire’s blood. This is a magazine that has always been at the center of the culture, and has stirred the conversation. Down the hall from my office, there’s an archive room of the previous decades of Esquires. To be clear, I’m not…

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Cedric Buchet PHOTOGRAPHER OF “THE SPARK,” PAGE 106 Credentials: His work has appeared in countless editorials and campaigns and is in the permanent collection at MoMA. On his holiday wish list: A puppy. Favorite comfort food: Vin jaune and Comté. New Year’s resolution: “To spend more time with friends and family.” Amanda Petrusich AUTHOR OF “THE SPARK,” PAGE 106 Credentials: Author of three books, including Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records; Guggenheim Fellow. On her holiday wish list: A bottle of good bourbon. Favorite comfort food: Macaroni and cheese with Champagne. New Year’s resolution: “To finally alphabetize my LP collection.” Christopher Glazek AUTHOR OF “MAVERICK OF THE MONTH,” PAGE 94 Credentials: Founder of the Yale AIDS Memorial Project; his writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New…

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the tao of hosting

THERE’S AN INHERENT contradiction in the phrase “planning a party.” Planning implies maturity, organization, common sense. Virtues all. But we know that the best parties—the real benders, the ones that leave us with bones that ache from dancing, skulls that throb from drinking, and morning-after vapor trails of Dionysian catharsis—tend to happen on the fly and off the cuff. When you’re in the mood to throw a holiday bash, the universe is telling you to do so right now, tonight, go. There is, however, an art to the immediate and impromptu, as some of America’s hospitality specialists will tell you. “The philosophy I believe in strongly is keep it simple,” says John Winterman, managing partner at James Beard winner Bâtard, in Manhattan. “Last minute soirees tend to suffer when you…

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the best, according to the best

MATTHEW DESMOND, author of Evicted “I learned loads from Elizabeth Hinton’s From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime, a deep and critical look into the rise of America’s prison boom. Brimming with vivid detail, this history book shows the political machinations that gave life to America’s tragic experiment with mass incarceration.” Harvard University Press, $30 ZADIE SMITH, author of Swing Time “Alexandra Kleeman’s You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine [2015] really thrilled me. I hadn’t read anything that got as close to the existential feeling of being young and female in America right now. As soon as my daughter is old enough, I’d like to give it to her, to use as a shield. I’m just as excited to read Kleeman’s new book, Intimations, which came out this…

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chaos reigns

THIS YEAR, as every year, there were many excellent album-albums by artist-artists. (See sidebar. David Bowie’s Blackstar goes in a separate chamber: Nothing about that hello/goodbye was ordinary or reducible.) These were cogent, unified “works”—each one full of fight and definition, not to be condescended to. But: The centripetal force that holds the album together as a form is really starting to wobble. And something similar is happening to the artist, too. The works of music in 2016 that seemed most representative of their time all suggested, in some way, a positive state of unfinished ness or multi valence, through either the music itself or the creator, or both. I think first of Rihanna’s Anti, which sounded better every month. Sketches, extended thoughts, cool efficiencies, sentimental ballads, and at least one brilliant…