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Esquire November 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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bloody thursday

Come November 24, it’s President Trump, President Clinton, or hanging-chad-style electoral chaos. Whatever the outcome, this election year has produced more rancor and lunacy than any other in recent memory and appears likely to produce even more turbulent Thanks giving dinner political combustion than usual. And the status quo is not pretty. Item: The father of a good friend of mine once grabbed my friend by the shirt and dragged him halfway across the table after he swore during a heated discussion about the war or Kent State or capitalism. Item: My own brother came home from college one Thanksgiving, just after having pledged the Dartmouth fraternity that inspired Animal House, and loudly deplored our family’s extreme liberalism, demanding that my parents install estate lights around our modest house because he thought…

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the editor

PINOCCHIO LAND ESQUIRE HAS LONG had the uncanny ability of finding itself at the center of the cultural conversation. It’s something we try not to take lightly, especially because of the trust our many readers place in the magazine’s record of getting things right. Some of you may think we might have been pleased when Donald Trump spent a good part of the last few months citing an interview he gave to Cal Fussman in our August 2004 issue as proof of his opposition to the Iraq War. Free publicity, as Mr. Trump well knows, is to be fully embraced, unless, perhaps, you’re some poindexter who believes in facts. Trump has made mention of the story since the start of his campaign, but in a high-profile speech he gave in Youngstown, Ohio,…

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John Edgar Wideman AUTHOR OF “A BLACK AND WHITE CASE,” PAGE 100, ADAPTED FROM WRITING TO SAVE A LIFE, OUT THIS MONTH FROM SCRIBNER Credentials: Award-winning author of 20 books. Best discovery of the year: “Learning I can still jog.” Holiday plans: Returning to Brittany, France, where his family spends much of the year. Daniel Menaker AUTHOR OF “MAN AT HIS BEST,” PAGE 13 Credentials: Former New Yorker fiction editor and Random House executive editor in chief. His eighth book, The African Svelte, is out now. When he’s not working, he’s: “Weed-whacking, listening to old music, watching movies, reading— you know, stuff.” Best discovery of the year: Tate’s butterscotch-pecan cookies. Holiday plans: “Saying agnostic prayers for a saner and cooler world.” Maximillian Potter AUTHOR OF “THE MALIBU MYSTIC,” PAGE 92 Credentials: Author of Shadows in the Vineyard and coauthor of Governor John Hickenlooper’s…

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sound and vision

AS THE 1990s dawned, David Bowie was at an artistic crossroads. He’d scored massive hits in the 1980s and major tours had made him very rich, but his albums with the band Tin Machine had left fans cold and he was looking for inspiration. He found it in a seemingly unlikely place. “David was always a collector at heart,” Bowie’s friend and art dealer Bernard Jacobson says, “but it wasn’t until the early ’90s that collecting became central in his life. We would talk for hours and debate what it all meant. He was full of ideas and questions.” According to Jacobson, Bowie reveled in his dual role as board member of and contributor to the magazine Modern Painters, something that even his most diehard fans likely knew nothing about. Bowie’s collection…

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play all

YOU’LL HEAR plenty of false starts on Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series Vol. 5 (Columbia/Legacy), which presents finished takes and session reels mostly from Miles Davis’s Miles Smiles, but there’s nothing false about them. They are performances, even when they’re only ten seconds long. “Don’t rush it,” Miles tells drummer Tony Williams during “Orbits.” Neither should you. The power of the second Miles Davis Quintet, with Williams, Her bie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Ron Carter, lies in present tense discoveries, not past-tense artifacts, and here is the essence of who they were. This is not the vault-dump cash in; this is the real thing, the new canon. “EVERY STREET’S A dead end / Every sign points behind me,” laments Mike Kinsella in the new song “I’ve Been So Lost for…

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is this how you use the poo emoji?

WHEN IT COMES to digital communication these days, it’s a tween world and we’re just saying . That means “Hmm.” I know this because my new iPhone suggested it when I tried to text “Hmm.” Which made me feel . Sure, Apple’s recent overhaul of its once-straightforward Messages includes very useful adult things like the ability to send money, but its aggressive push toward a wordless language isn’t insignificant—Messages is one of the most-used apps on the world’s most ubiquitous phone, after all. Texts still feel too wordy after emoji translation? There are GIFs and stickers to choose from now. Or make your pal’s screen fill up with balloons when he checks his messages. Now, that’s what I call disruptive tech! It’s just the latest in some of the year’s splashiest digital…