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Esquire October 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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For two weekends this October, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters, and the Who will share a stage at Desert Trip. This is the ultimate music festival for the people who invented music festivals, and a natural generational bookend: What began at Woodstock will end in the Coachella Valley; what began in mud and chaos will end in luxury hotels with worldclass chefs; what began with glorious freaks howling authenticity, smashing guitars, and dropping acid in the rain will end in sleek branded spectacle. The motto of a generation—sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll—will reach fulfillment, or perhaps completion is a better term, when somebody pops a Viagra before going to see the Who. It’s all further proof of the Chris Rock Theory of Music: You…

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breaking away

IN MY CONNECTICUT backyard, on scorching late-summer days when the steering wheel is too hot to touch and the locusts won’t stop droning away, I sometimes get a split-second flashback of the town two thousand miles away where I was born: Odessa, Texas. You may know it better as Dillon, the spur-jangling screen name it was given in the television series Friday Night Lights, which Peter Berg, who is profiled on page 116, is celebrated for creating. As a director, Berg has made a range of big movies, but all of them share at least one thing in common: His characters—a soldier in Afghanistan, American oil workers in Saudi Arabia, an electrician on a doomed rig in the Gulf of Mexico—are exactly the type of guys you’d find in the crowd…

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Christian Anwander PHOTOGRAPHER OF “BOLD MOVES,” PAGE 136 Credentials: His work has appeared in Complex, Glamour, GQ, and more. Best new discovery: Chef Francis Mallmann. Nostalgic for: Anything old with an engine inside. Looking forward to: Fly-fishing during the fall salmon run. Rich Cohen AUTHOR OF “MASTER OF DISASTER,” PAGE 116 Credentials: Author of 12 books and cocreator of HBO’s Vinyl. Best new discovery: Maine. The entire state. Nostalgic for: Root-beer floats in Eagle River, Wisconsin. Looking forward to: The Cubs’ first World Series appearance since 1945. (“Please forgive me, almighty God of the jinx.”) Vicky Ward AUTHOR OF “THE SURVIVOR,” PAGE 102 Credentials: Editor at large of Town & Country and best-selling author. Best new discovery: South African artist Peter Sacks. Nostalgic for: A pre-Brexit Britain. Looking forward to: The Shchukin Collection at Paris’s Fondation Louis Vuitton in October. Dusan Reljin PHOTOGRAPHER OF “THE KING OF SCOTLAND,” PAGE…

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super best friends

IN 1995, Jesus rose. And lo, He beat the living shit out of Santa Claus in a video Christmas card created by two former University of Colorado Boulder students named Matt Stone and Trey Parker. It went viral—which in those days meant people made copies of the tape and physically passed them around—and led to a deal with Comedy Central. Thus was South Park born. In the two decades since, it has gone after all the major religions, plus a few minor ones (Mormonism, Scientology), politicians from both parties (Giant Douche, Turd Sandwich), countless celebrities (Russell Crowe, Mecha-Streisand), the menace of political correctness, and the steady creep of the Towel Industrial Complex. Here, a few crazed fans offer their congratulations. NORMAN LEAR, TV producer, creator of All in the Family “The greatest…

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see you at chumley’s

CHUMLEY’S WAS not the first bar I fell in love with when I moved to New York in the ’80s; that would be Corner Bistro. Chumley’s was, however, the most New York of bars. Before Google Maps existed and everything was “searchable,” there were still joints that were secret; places you had to be tipped off about—true discoveries. Chumley’s was all that in spades. How could a bar that began as a speakeasy during Prohibition not be? It was tucked away on a small street in the West Village. No sign. No light. Simply a door on the side of an old building that looked like it led to someone’s apartment, so why would you open it? But when you did, your world changed. You were in Chumley’s. Since the 1920s, it had…

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tales of the unexpected

1. A GAMBLER’S ANATOMY By Jonathan Lethem The author of The Fortress of Solitude delivers a haunting Kafkaesque parable about a backgammon hustler who comes down with a nightmarish illness, losing his edge in the game of life. (Doubleday, $28) 2. NICOTINE By Nell Zink “I was hailed on my life raft by the passing container ship Franzen,” Nell Zink said of the writer who nudged her out of obscurity and into friendly competition at age 50. Her latest follows a business major rooming with anarchist squatters. (Ecco, $27) 3. THE TERRANAUTS By T. C. Boyle Is there life on Mars? For people, that is. Eight “terranauts” move into the Biosphere 2–like E2 to find out in this preapocalyptic tale from a master of maximalism. (Ecco, $27) 4. THE BOAT ROCKER By Ha Jin Jin, a People’s Liberation Army veteran turned…