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Esquire UK December 2018

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Kevin Braddock p.166 The contributing editor examines the benefits — and pitfalls — of mental health’s current cachet. “‘Vulnerability’ has emerged as a way for people to talk about their mental health,” he says, “which is, of course, a good thing to do. But how about we just use the word ‘honesty’ instead?” Having written for titles including The Guardian and The Face, Braddock also runs a project called Torchlight System: Storytelling for Recovery. (torchlightsystem.com) Mick Brown “One of the pleasures of my encounter with Idris Elba was talking about his passion for music,” says Brown of this month’s cover star, “particularly for the soul and funk from the Sixties and Seventies. Anybody who can quote, word for word, the spoken intro to Bobby Womack’s ‘How Could You Break My Heart’ — and in…

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editor’s letter

AS I WRITE THIS, IN LATE OCTOBER, The Little Drummer Girl, the BBC’s latest le Carré adaptation, is only just hitting its stride. But already 2018 has been an exceptional year for British TV drama. Rattled by the existential threat of the streaming services, our terrestrial channels have produced a string of punchy entertainments that make all but the very best of those high-concept American shows seem ponderous, portentous and far too pleased with themselves. Peter Morgan’s The Crown should be proof enough that nobody does stately period drama quite like us Brits. Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror confirms that cutting-edge dystopias are still best smoked homegrown. But both of those, like so much chattering-class fodder, are made by Netflix. If it’s not Netflix, then it’s Amazon Prime, or it’s Hulu. Aren’t…

5 min.
self examination

LAST MONTH, I — SO TO SPEAK — examined the arse; but I feel I didn’t really get properly to grips with it. If you like, I did a buttock’s worth of arse — but not the full monty. So, here I am again, back for a second bite of that beautiful and cloven apple. Previously, I considered the arse in its erotic guise — albeit with a lot of dodgy psychologising — but let’s face it, our arses are implicated in an act yet more central to our lives than coitus; I refer, of course, to sitting down. No doubt, back in the day, when we did a great deal of running around after meat, or crawling around after veg, the arse was a fairly inconsequential body part, but…

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man & boy

I WAS DRIVING THE KIDS TO SCHOOL this morning, five-year-old Sammy in the front, battling through his Biff, Chip and Kipper, seven-year-old Kitty in the back sucking her thumb and reading Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften in the original German because Musil’s unique weltschmerz just doesn’t come across in the translations, when I caught the eye of a pedestrian approaching a zebra crossing, and braked to allow him to cross. And then he crossed, eyes front. Not a thank-you wave, not a nod, not a smile. And I seethed inside, as I do every time that happens. “There are two types of people in the world, Sam,” I said aloud. “People who thank you when you stop to let them cross the road. And cunts.” “What’s that, Dad?” said Sam, looking up from his…

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02 bow down to dieter rams

Gary Hustwit is a New York documentary maker with good taste in both music and design. In the former camp are his films on the bands Wilco and Animal Collective and the singer Mavis Staples. In the latter are projects like Workplace, his 2016 documentary about the future of the office, commissioned for the Venice Biennale of Architecture. One of Hustwit’s best-known is 2007’s Helvetica, the story of the enduring Swiss typeface used by Evian, Muji and a million other brands. And now we have Rams, a new documentary on Dieter Rams. The most famous product designer of our times, via his iconic work at Braun and Vitsoe, Rams’ clean, curved, white coffeemaker, stereo, calculator and alarm clocks are deathless design classics. Rams, which features a new Brian Eno soundtrack,…

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03 catch a break (in the cold)

If the thought of the rolling waves and bathwater temperatures of somewhere like, say, Oahu or Australia’s Gold Coast are too tame for your surfer fantasies, then may we direct your attention to the rugged alternative of Arctic surfing. Yes, surfing, but in the Arctic. Though perhaps difficult to believe, intrepid Norsemen (and Norsewomen) have been carving through the brine of Norway and Iceland’s coasts since the Sixties. Spots like Unstad in the former and the latter’s Reykjanes Peninsula, with its black sands and looming mountains, now boast thriving local and tourist scenes, thanks to dramatic landscapes (you can catch the Northern Lights in Unstad), consistent waves and plenty of storytelling potential. “Surfing is special, no matter where you do it,” says Rachel Jonas from Arctic Surfers (arcticsurfers.com). “With the cold temperatures…