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Esquire May 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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the cold open

IN LENIN’S TOMB, HIS LUCID ACCOUNT of the end of Soviet Russia, David Remnick uses as an epigraph a famous quote from Czech author Milan Kundera. “The struggle of man against power,” Kundera wrote, “is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” The philosophy was central to Remnick’s contention throughout the book that one of the critical weaknesses of the Soviet state, and of all of its satellite governments in Eastern Europe, including Kundera’s Czechoslovakia, was that it required its citizens to fight against their own memory, to unknow what they clearly knew. Sooner or later, the effort to forget and to unknow becomes too much of a burden for too many people and they force the collapse of the system. Humans are driven to remember. Humans can crack from the…

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this gig

I’ve had a lot of good days. I remember Jon Hamm saying those words in the video interview we did with him as part of Esquire’s eightieth-anniversary issue. We had asked him—as we had each of the other seventy-nine prominent men in that issue— what he considered the best day of his life. The first thing out of his mouth was “I’ve had a lot of good days,” which just sounded like gratitude— the words of a man who knows that he has been extremely fortunate. I am such a man. For eighteen years and ten months, I’ve been the editor in chief of Esquire. Which, when you look at it there in words, seems amazing. Jesus. On the verge of getting this gig, I met with Frank Bennack, who was then the…

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bill murray

Wednesday, March 9, 11:07 a.m. JFK airport. David Granger and Scott Raab pick up Bill Murray in Granger’s car. They are heading to the East Side of Manhattan, where Murray is staying. BILL MURRAY: I didn’t mean to deny you guys a ride down to Charleston. You can come down as soon as this Big East thing is over. We’ve got to have priorities here. SCOTT RAAB: Seeing your boy coach must be a lot of fun. [Murray’s son Luke is an assistant coach at Xavier.] BM: Just watching him in the time-outs is so much fun. He always had a function during the time-outs in his previous coaching. And this year I was like, “Luke, you don’t have a job during the time-outs.” He said, “I know. I’ve gotta figure this out.” DAVID…

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the dossier: bill murray

Date of birth: September 21, 1950 Which makes him: 65 Hometown: Wilmette, Illinois Childhood extracurriculars: Boy Scout, altar boy, Little League player, shag boy. Though he was: Kicked out of the first three. But not the last: Which he describes as “Some hacker . . . hit golf balls, and you would be the target.” Siblings: Eight, including three actors and one sister. By which we mean: A Catholic sister of the Dominican Order. First starring role: Meatballs, directed by Ivan Reitman. Who has said: “He’s frustrating to other creative people, and, frankly, unfair, because everything has to go on his clock. But he’s worth it.” Which explains his on-set nickname: “The Murricane” Some of his more far-fetched roles: Chicago mob boss, drag queen, bank robber/clown, Garfield the cat, vengeful oceanographer, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Most true to life: Aging movie star in Sofia…

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the new books for men

The Rules Rule No. 783: The dumber the man, the louder he talks. Rule No. 801: If it’s your first time, smoke it, don’t eat it. Rule No. 892: Lesbians really do make the best breakfasts. Rule No. 1,029: Very little good comes from looking back longingly. Rule No. 1,997: Nothing goes away. READING ONCE GUIDED ME toward the man I wanted to be: a self-reliant, gunslinging, smart-talking, historically notable badass women lusted after. I would slay a dragon one week, fly-fish a trout stream the next; command a World War II battalion before setting off on my horse or motorcycle to brave the rolling prairie, the open road. Like so many other young men, the shelves of my mind were crowded with Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Kerouac, McMurtry, King, and Krakauer. But the older…

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imagine me gone

By Adam Haslett (Little, Brown and Company, $26) For the family in Imagine Me Gone, crippling depression is an unwelcome family heirloom, passed on by the father along with a lifetime of financial and emotional debt. The eldest son, Michael—vividly and painfully wrought— bears the brunt of that inheritance. His voice— just one of the five that tell this story—takes us on unexpected excursions through his obsession with disco, prescription drugs, and critical theory. The novel brilliantly captures the excruciating burden of love and the role it plays in both our survival and our destruction. Haslett suspends a sense of dread over you like an anvil from page one, cutting the rope that holds it in the brutal last act. You’d be a fool to look away.…