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Esquire May 2015

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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it was the moment we were waiting for and the moment we dreaded . . .

Stephanie Lee had been hospitalized since the day before Christmas Eve, 2014, at Mount Sinai, in New York. She had a room on the palliative-care floor. The doctors who cared for her were at pains to say they could make her more comfortable but they could not treat her cancer. She was taking massive doses of powerful pain medications. She was eating much less and sleeping much more. When a doctor described his hopes for her in terms not of getting better but of simply going home to Mississippi, she was at peace both with what he said and what he didn’t say. Then, not quite a week after she was admitted, everything changed. On December 29, a scientist and the oncologist who worked with him walked into her room and…

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the ombudswoman

PAGE 15 The ESQ&A: Neil deGrasse Tyson As a review is nothing but an opinion, and therefore just energy typed onto a computer, disappearing into nothingness. . . Holy shitballs! Reading this felt orgasmic in its simple truth. What a beautiful, beautiful mind. Sigh. And I love any discourse on aging and wisdom that is as sexy and earned as this. Required reading for all humans, please. PAGE 88 “How Much Better Can We Stand to Be?” Just because you can do something, people, does not mean that you should. How can a human trust another human if a machine is suggesting how to wine and dine them on a frst date? Or suggesting that the middle class, especially our artists, be destroyed? Ugh. Fuck you and your overcaffeinated, shaggy-haired, gazillionaire Frisbee-throwing. Use your genius…

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are we getting better?

A question has dogged me since we started thinking about this issue, and then as we assigned stories for it, and then as those stories came in and we all began to read them, trying to determine how they might ft together as an issue: Are we, as a culture, getting better? It’s a central tenet of the American faith that all new technological developments—whether it was the industrial revolution or the digital revolution or all the tiny minor changes that occur all the time—are improvements. That we are indeed, by virtue of creative and economic and scientific achievement, becoming better. There are a few things that cause me to question this. The first is my growing acceptance of the notion that nothing, essentially, ever really changes. I remember the first time…

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the esq&a

SCOTT RAAB: Congratulations on the National Academy of Sciences award. NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON: Oh! I didn’t realize how loudly it got announced. SR: If I found out about it, it must have been loud. NDT: Part of me just wants to stay home and keep working rather than collecting an award. SR: Not a bad thing to be given an award for spreading knowledge, considering the strain of anti-intellectualism in American culture. NDT: I don’t think of what I do as spreading knowledge. The phrase “You’re lecturing me” is never a compliment. So I realized that’s not what I should be doing if I have any interest in compelling people to become scientifically literate. SR: What’s your secret? NDT: I’ve found that no one complains about pop culture being a source of someone lecturing to them. If…

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neil degrasse tyson

THE ESQUIRE DOSSIER Date of birth: October 5, 1958 Which makes him: 56 Spouse: Alice Young, a mathematical physicist and retired IT manager. Children named after planetary bodies: One; Miranda, 18, named after one of Uranus’s moons. Planetary bodies named after him: One; the “13123 Tyson” asteroid. Hometown: Bronx, New York Favorite childhood hangout: The American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium. Where: He now serves as the Frederick P. Rose director. Selected accolades, nonscientific: A varsity letter on Harvard’s wrestling team; a gold medal in a national dance tournament with the University of Texas dance team. Category: International Latin ballroom. Selected accolades, scientific: 18 honorary doctorates; the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal; the National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal; People magazine’s “Sexiest Astrophysicist.” Notable contributions to humanity’s understanding of the universe: Scholarly research on star formation, exploding stars, dwarf…

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the millennial generation at war

There are two men in War of the Encyclopaedists (Scribner, $26). Mickey Montauk— a former hipster, now an Army lieutenant in Baghdad—is sweat-soaked and dust-caked and stranded in a maze of a city that reeks of trash and charred flesh. He doesn’t know who is an ally and who is an enemy. Cars explode. IED’s explode. Men explode. Halifax Corderoy is a graduate student at Boston University. He deconstructs literature and attends art nights at which people debate the aesthetic intent of various installations involving couches. He drinks too much and masturbates too much and showers too little. Montauk and Corderoy started off the same after college. They called themselves the Encyclopaedists, and together they would play video games and quote Star Wars and throw ironically themed parties. But when Montauk’s National…

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