Esquire3 min readFashion & Beauty
How Your Shorts Should Fit: What the 3 Key Inseams Look Like on 3 Real Guys
When the dog days of summer roll in, shorts are an absolute essential. Forget all the hand-wringing about when and where to wear them-you’ll know. It might be a backyard barbecue. Or a particularly balmy evening at the bar. Or, in this particular ins
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Mike Colter Threw the Jab That's Changing the Superhero Genre
Mike Colter is standing outside of a bar in north Brooklyn attempting to give a woman directions. She’s trying to find her friend at a place called the Barge Bar, which is just around the corner on the East River and only accessible from a nondescrip
Esquire5 min readPolitics
On the Road with Beto O'Rourke, the Democrat Racing to Unseat Ted Cruz
Here's what I learned about Beto O’Rourke’s Senate campaign after a nine-town, 653-mile sprint through the rural and highly conservative Texas panhandle: It is remarkable in both style and substance, reaching a diverse group of people in far corners
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Alyssa Edwards' Unlikely Journey to Rupaul's Drag Race Fan Favorite
When Justin Johnson’s dad signed him up for little league football, he offered this bit of advice: “Son, you won't get tackled if you just run to the goal." Despite being able to run “like Forrest Gump,” Justin was tackled and broke his arm. Still a
Esquire3 min readFashion & Beauty
This Is How Your Jeans Should Fit Right Now
The most important rule when it comes to denim in this particular menswear moment is to remember that the old rulebook has gone out the window. Never has the field been more open, the array of options more varied. Slim, skinny, loose, tapered, croppe
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The Moment Everything Changed for Matthew Rhys
“OH NOOOOOO! I desperately hoped that statement ended better.” Matthew Rhys has just learned that Cocktail-the 1988 Tom Cruise film that's basically Top Gun, but behind a bar-does not hold up. That it's bad. (At least, according to me.) And Rhys, by
Esquire4 min readFashion & Beauty
These 5 Brands Believe Craftsmanship Still Matters
In an era of on-demand conveniences and mass-produced everything, it may be unpopular to point out that faster isn’t always better. In fact, when it comes to craftsmanship, faster is just…faster. And no one knows that better than the skilled tradesme
Esquire36 min readHistory
The Marvelous Mouth of Cassius Clay
One thing that stuck in my mind, for some reason, was the way that Cassius Clay and his brother, Rudy, and their high-school pal, Tuddie King, and Frankie Tucker, the singer who was opening in Brooklyn, and Cassius’ pride of “foxes,” Sophia Burton, D
Esquire23 min readArts & Languages
Why They Aren’t Writing the Great American Novel Anymore
This article originally appeared in the December 1972 issue of Esquire. I have no idea who coined the term “the New Journalism” or even when it was coined. Seymour Krim tells me that he first heard it used in 1965 when he was editor of Nugget and Pe
Esquire4 min readFashion & Beauty
How to Find the Perfect Sunglasses for Your Face Shape
Knowing which sunglass frames are right for your face shape will help you pick a style that complements your features instead of fighting with them. It’ll also stave off the paralysis of choice that's left you with the same busted pair of drugstore s
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Priyanka Chopra Wants the World
Priyanka Chopra’s dog is jetlagged. Diana, a small chihuahua-terrier mix, is meandering around this lower Manhattan apartment, occasionally glancing up as if to say, “You can stay, but I just need to lie down.” What Diana wants is to sit down with he
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When the Power Went Out in Puerto Rico
The push alert came shortly after 11 a.m. Eastern Time last Wednesday: Another blackout had swept across Puerto Rico. More than a million people had lost power. It was the second outage in a week. I was in San Juan, the capital, when the power went o
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Jamie Parker Is Going to Change Your Mind About Harry Potter
Jamie Parker, the actor who plays Harry Potter, is shaking his fist at me. I’ve just told him how cynical I was about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a two-part, five-hour sequel to J.K. Rowling’s books that opened on Broadway Sunday night. What w
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The Fine Art of Mastering Originality
Let’s get right to the point-being an original and follow-ing rules? That doesn’t quite add up, does it? Pharrell? Steve Jobs? Elon Musk? Friggin’ Karl Ove Knausgaard? You’re right: These guys achieved greatness precisely because they broke the rules
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Jon Hamm Is Ready To Break Free From Don Draper
Jon Hamm has arranged for us to meet for breakfast at what must be one of Vancouver’s most opulent hotel restaurants. All wood-and-gold midcentury mod, it’s the sort of place Don Draper, the hard-drinking, never-not-dashing Eisenhower-era adman Hamm
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Darren Criss Has Never Wanted To Be Ordinary
Darren Criss has never killed anyone. In fact, it’s hard to imagine the 31-year-old actor so much as raising his voice at anyone given how disarmingly kind and solicitous he is in person. When he arrives for his photoshoot, he immediately learns the
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Justin Olsen Will Get Lost
Justin Olsen’s start is perfect. It’s a frigid November evening in Park City, Utah, and the gold medalist’s final run on Park City’s bobsled track. After three races and two days competing against twenty-three teams at the Bobsled World Cup, this w
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Television’s Most Beloved Dead Man Walking
Milo Ventimiglia knows that America has been waiting months to watch him die. As Jack Pearson, the steadfast, selfless patriarch of NBC’s critical and commercial smash This Is Us, Ventimiglia has become TV’s most beloved dead man walking. Thanks to t
Esquire11 min readPolitics
The Death of Shame, or the Rise of Shamelessness?
“I’m the least racist person you will ever interview,” President Trump told a gaggle of reporters earlier this month. Trump was responding to reports that he had dismissed all 54 countries of Africa as “shitholes” and wondered why the U.S. didn’t pri
Esquire10 min readNutrition
How to Be Happy with What You Eat in 2018
In 2017, we turned to comfort food. Now, we're doing right by our bodies—and the world.
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'It Had Never Been Done on Television Before': The Oral History of Breaking Bad
Television changed the night of January 20, 2008: Breaking Bad, a bold and singular drama about a downtrodden, dying high school teacher so desperate for cash that he starts cooking crystal meth, would come to define a golden era of television. But n
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Minutes to Live: When the Nuclear Push Alert Is Not a Mistake
Clarence Nishihara remembers the nuclear explosions that illuminated his childhood. Growing up in Hawaii in the 1950s and 1960s, he could see the green flash from thermonuclear tests over the Pacific Ocean. Nighttime blasts were particularly vivid. “
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Dana White Has Just One Strategy for Success
Dana White was always interested in mixed martial arts, but he never anticipated he'd become the savior of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). White, the president of UFC, found himself on a new path in 2001 when he and his childhood friend Lorenzo
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In Order to Play a Real-Life Villain, Sebastian Stan First Had to Understand Him
In January of this year, while filming I, Tonya, Sebastian Stan dropped into a bar to meet up with a bunch of his Marvel co-stars in Atlanta. These are people he’s known since at least 2010, when he was cast as Bucky Barnes in Captain America: The Fi
Esquire4 min readFood & Wine
Some Of The World's Most Interesting Cuisine Is Happening In Dubai
Chef Jamie Bissonnette is as East Coast as it gets. After growing up in Connecticut, he opened his first restaurant, Toro, in Boston in 2007 before expanding to New York in 2013. He now operates five restaurants with his signature Spanish-Moorish tap
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I Finally Found the Words to Describe Jägermeister
People do not want to change who they are, and they do not want to change what they drink. The trick, as any good therapist, bartender, or bartender/therapist will tell you, is to lead them to an epiphany while making it seem as if they came across i
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Why Tony Gonzalez Refuses To Be Realistic
Tony Gonzalez believes that forward motion is essential to success. The former tight end knows this through experience. Gonzalez faced his share of obstacles throughout his childhood and his pro football career. Now an analyst for FOX NFL Kickoff, he
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The Sacklers and America's Opioid Crisis
The newly installed Sackler Courtyard at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum is one of the most glittering places in the developed world. Eleven thousand white porcelain tiles, inlaid like a shattered backgammon board, cover a surface the size of six
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How Beer Became the New Bloody Mary
Every St. Patrick’s Day, Kuhnhenn Brewing hosts something it calls the Breakfast of Champions. Starting at 7 a.m., the Warren, Michigan, brewery begins pouring beers alongside heaping plates of biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, and corned beef hash
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How to Fake a Bank
An exclusive excerpt from David Howard's Chasing Phil: The Adventures of Two Undercover Agents with the World’s Most Charming Con Man. Jim Wedick stared at his watch, wiped the sweat off his forehead, and cursed. The line he was standing in snaked ar
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