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Esquire June/July 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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from the archives : inspiration board

ESKY HITS THE BEACH, 1956Before Hasselhoff & Co. watched our bays and beaches, there was one man who was up for the job: Esky—as seen here in the August 1956 issue, keeping his eyes peeled. The issue also featured an essay on inspiration by Aldous Huxley; a piece by designer Paul McCobb on the pleasures of a “hi-fi” system (“it can be a hobby or a relaxation”); and a map detailing summer travel’s newest and biggest game changer: the interstate toll-road system! To see who is working the beach this summer, turn to page 108. ■…

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hang time

THOM BROWNE’S BARBARIAN DAYSSome runway shows are all about spectacle. We’re talking rotating stages, laser lights, and enough house music to score a Criss Angel performance. Thom Browne’s spring-summer presentation was just as over-the-top, but as always, he was in on the joke. Models changed from supersized, robelike jumpsuits into sherbet-colored blazers into tropical-print swimsuits, and for the final walk, each toted one of these custom surfboards. Now you can get one, too. Use it as an art piece, a conversation starter, a coffee table, or even a surfboard.Surfboard ($4,500) by Thom Browne; ■…

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a shoe for minimalists

THE PERFECT PARED-DOWN LOAFERAll loafers are not created equal. There are slick, narrow semi-slippers. There are chunky, beef-rolled bruisers. And then there’s this—subtlety in suede. The folded tongue and barely extended apron toe let the shape of the shoe shine, but the guts are just as appealing: a quilted leather insole and Goodyear welt make it one of the lightest, most comfortable shoes in John Lobb’s legendary stock.Loafers ($1,175) by John Lobb; ■…

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Garrett M. Graff Author of “The Inconvenient Comrade,” page 90Credentials: Author of Raven Rock; former editor of Washingtonian and Politico Magazine. Favorite bar on earth: Mule Bar in Winooski, Vermont. Which boasts: “A draft-beer list that any bigcity hipster bar would kill for.” No-regrets big purchase: A multicolored Turkish rug he bought on his honeymoon.Norman Jean Roy Photographer of “Kill the Boy. . . Let the Man Be Born!” page 78Credentials: His work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and New York magazine. Favorite bar(s) on earth: “The sand bars in the Bahamas.” What to drink there: “Water!” Whose criticism matters to him? His wife’s. Who reminds him: “Shoot what you like, not what others want!”Julia Black Esquire’s Associate EditorFavorite bar on earth: “Ferona, a two-story apartment in Buenos…

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cracking up

Those of us who feel alarmingly bewildered by whatever it is that’s going on in this world (which was formerly a lot easier to understand) aren’t alone—depending, of course, on what exactly you believe. If you’re a born-again ideologue, you probably belong to some like-minded denomination, where camaraderie is just a tweet away. But if your nature is that of an intellectual iconoclast or status-quo disrupter or two-party-system malcontent, you’re surely tasting what life must be like on your own desert island. Just ask Mike Bloomberg (climate- change crusader; corporate-tax cutter), or Caitlyn Jenner (LGBTQIA advocate; Trump voter), or Camille Paglia (affirmative-action critic; Green Party booster), or Shepard Smith (Fox News anchor; Fox News critic). These are examples, perhaps, of a peculiar form of ideology— that of not really having…

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i’m with stupid

Before you flip the page, let me explain what I mean when I say that an erection brought my son and me closer.Toby was ten years old at the time, and we had settled in for a home screening of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. For those who have not communed with that masterwork of cinema since its release in 2004, allow me to defrost the ice floes of memory. About a third of the way into the movie comes a scene in which the cocksure newsman played by Will Ferrell is flirting with the fetching and ambitious interloper played by Christina Applegate. Even with the sound off, you’d be able to tell that Ron Burgundy has it bad for Veron- ica Corningstone. That’s because he has a raging…