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Esquire November 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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the cold open

Dear Popeye, You said you would love me until you were ashes. You bolted from work that morning and took a cab sixty blocks for a fuck-ourlights-out festival. You busted in and took me from dreams by throwing your backpack on my floor and then throwing down the pussy gauntlet; I roused and rallied and smiled and you tossed me across the bed--you could have had me fine in the direction I was facing, but it was a morning that needed a body happily pitched across a duvet with a guttural mm hmm, a morning that begged for bodice ripping and hair pulling and whispering and taking off and taking me away, and just then--when I was waking the homeless on the streets with my OH GODS, you slammed into neutral at…

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hey, looky here!

Remember that time—it was about a month ago—when we mentioned that we were gonna put every single Esquire onto the Interwebs? A thousand issues (a thousand and one, counting this issue in your hands), and God knows how many words, images, and ill-advised jokes, all in one digitized space? Well, damn, we actually did it! And you can get there two ways: Go to classic.esquire.com. (Easy enough.) Or use this other thing we did: Shazam this magazine. Just pull out your phone, bring up your Shazam app, hit the little camera icon, and point the viewfinder at this blue box. If you do that right now on this page, it’ll take you to classic.esquire.com, where you can subscribe (for cheap) and read every Esquire ever. But you can also do…

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okay. donald trump story.

For reasons that are too insignificant to get into, I used to see Donald occasionally. We played some golf. Anyway, a couple years ago, maybe a little longer, I was in Chicago with Esquire’s publisher, Jack Essig, when my assistant called to say that Mr. Trump must speak with me. We set a time for the next morning, and at the appointed hour, the phone rang and it was his assistant. And then it was Donald. The conversation began as every phone conversation with him begins: “David: Donald.” He was calling about some disparaging remarks that had been made about him on Esquire.com. And here—in a rough transcript that I started typing while I was on the phone with him—is how a conversation with Donald Trump goes: “David: Donald. David, you’re killing me. My…

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the esq&a

Early afternoon, Steinem’s apartment in Manhattan. After some small talk about aging, India, and the media’s appetite for bullshit . . . SCOTT RAAB: In the piece you wrote for Esquire [“The Moral Disarmament of Betty Coed”] in 1962, there’s the idea that the problem isn’t so much the sexual liberation of women as a result of contraceptive technology but that there are so few liberated men. And you weren’t wrong. GLORIA STEINEM: I wouldn’t put it that way anymore, because I think we’re all enmeshed in this political system that is devoted to controlling reproduction. You didn’t invent it; I didn’t invent it. Thirty percent of us are trying to preserve it, and 70 percent are trying to change it. We’re not active enough or voting enough or mad enough. SR: I…

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gloria steinem

Date of birth: March 25, 1934 Which makes her: 81 And she has: “Every intention of living to be 100.” Hometown: Toledo Evidence of hometown pride: “You can definitely sneer at Toledo.” Alma mater: Smith College Known for: Presiding over the second-wave feminist movement. Which involved, among other things: Going toe-to-toe with nemesis Phyllis Schlafly in support of the Equal Rights Amendment; speaking out about her abortion at the age of 22; writing “After Black Power, Women’s Liberation.” Famous third-wave fans: Lena Dunham, Ariana Grande, Amy Schumer Early career catalyst: The exposé she published in Show magazine in 1963 about her undercover stint as a Playboy Bunny. Whose ethnographic findings included: An exhaustive catalog of materials used to stuff Bunny chests (plastic dry-cleaner bags, cut-up Bunny tails); a roundup of customer pickup lines (“If you’re my Bunny, can…

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where’s black rocky?

Outside of biopics, black actors rarely get to play the hero in boxing films. And so Creed, the seventh Rocky installment, due November 25, represents a real opportunity. The film was written and directed by Ryan Coogler, the architect behind Fruitvale Station, a movie about a young black man who was shot in the back by a public-transit police officer. If a film about race can be told through boxing with any nuance, Coogler is the guy to do it. Creed, which was not being screened for journalists when this issue went to press, centers on Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan, who starred in Fruitvale Station). He’s the son of Apollo Creed, who, if you remember 30 years back to Rocky IV, was killed in the ring by Russian giant Ivan…