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Esquire June/July 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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thumb war

ONE RADIANT MORNING when I was walking home with a coffee and the dog, my phone began to bing with a million texts: “Did you see what Gay said?” “Are you following the Talese thing?” “Gay Talese hates all women writers!” “Did you see Twitter is going crazy over Talese?” Talese is a friend of mine, and he is often sending me books by women writers I “have to read,” so I was a bit surprised. But this kind of Twitter pile-on has become one of our most beloved national pastimes. In fact, the whole Sturm und Drang started when someone asked Talese, at a talk at Boston University, “Who were the women who write who have inspired you the most?” Talese at first said Mary McCarthy, but then, thinking back…

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win a free grill from esquire

We shouldn’t need to say more than that: free grill. But to explain, we’re giving away a free (never used) grill to one lucky person. Specifically, we’re giving away a Traeger Pro Series 34, which has a total cooking surface of 884 square inches—enough, they say, to cook fifty-five burgers at once. It also lets you smoke some brisket with hardwood pellets, low and slow and aided by, if you choose, digital controls. In addition to the free grill, that one lucky person will win a $2,500 gift certificate to the patio-furniture emporium Hayneedle. (Ten runners-up will receive a copy of Project Smoke, the latest book from five-time James Beard award winner and barbecue-pit maestro Steven Raichlen.) For a chance to win the free grill, turn to page 138 or head…

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the editor

SELECTRIC BOOGALOO SOMETIME in the late summer of 1992, shortly after I graduated from college, I moved to New York City determined to one day become a magazine editor. I found a roommate—a charming sourpuss of a guy working on a novel—and we rented one of those “two-bedroom” apartments that gave us a claustrophobic taste of what life must be like aboard a nuclear submarine. I recall having to walk sideways or backwards like a crab in order to get from the kitchen to the bathroom without getting stuck, and that whenever you shut the front door, the manual brass doorbell would emit a lonely little jingle to remind you how few people you knew in this bustling city of multiple millions. The job hunt didn’t go according to plan. There were…

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Dwight Garner AUTHOR OF “SHORT AND SWEET,” PAGE 34 Credentials: Book critic for The New York Times. This summer you’ll find him: Reading Don DeLillo’s Zero K. Drinking: A martini. Best thing about being alive in 2016: “Sara Mearns at the New York City Ballet.” Worst thing about being alive in 2016: “The Twitter Indignati.” Favorite renegade: James Agee. Max Vadukul PHOTOGRAPHER OF “THREE FOR THE ROAD,” PAGE 94 Credentials: His work has appeared in The New Yorker, W, Rolling Stone, Town & Country, and more, as well as his book, Max. This summer you’ll find him: Finishing his second book, as yet untitled, from Rizzoli (due this fall). Drinking: An American microbrew. Which he says: “Puts English beer in the bin.” Best thing about being alive in 2016: “I think we’re in for a revolution.” Worst thing about being alive in 2016: “Political…

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high balls

Excerpted from The Accidental Life: An Editor’s Notes on Writing and Writers, to be published in August by Alfred A. Knopf. GEORGE PLIMPTON AND I decided to visit Hunter after he sent me a photograph of himself sinking a 30-foot putt at the Aspen Golf Club. He signed it to me with Res Ipsa Loquitur across the image, and therewas a message onthe back:Come out and play golf with me sometime— bring George—and money; I will beat both of you like mules. Hunter’s Owl Farm had seen numerous visitations far more exalted than ours. Jimmy Carter and Keith Richards,amongdozens of others,had passed through, sometimes shooting clay pigeons and improvised targets in themeadownext to the house. After all, Owl Farm was designated a “Rod andGunClub” onHunter’s stationery. Bill Murray had come close to…

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life after death after delillo

At 79, an age when many great novelists are strategically pruning their archives, Don DeLillo is still writing with a fearlessness typically associated with so-called emerging talents less than half his age. His new novel, Zero K, is an astonishment, one of the author’s most moving, a visceral reckoning with the death-fear that has haunted his fiction from the start. It serves as a capstone of an unlikely truth: that DeLillo is one of America’s greatest religious novelists, even if God went missing from his life and work an eternity ago. In novels built around enigmas such as JFK’s assassination, Hitler, and the CIA, DeLillo has offered the invisible, allencompassing web of conspiracy theory as America’s truest mystery religion, where atavistic cravings for meaning abide in the grimy details. Zero K…