I’m not sure where or when I got the link to this (I’m just starting to clean out some old links), but it’s a gracious and fascinating profile of Harold T. P. Hayes, editor of Esquire. Published in January 2007 – in Vanity Fair, no less – this article is fitting now as Esquire rounds out its 75th anniversary. The article is heavy on the stories from the 60s and includes Hayes’ successful battle for power with Clay Felker, the mastermind behind New York Magazine. Check it out.
Hey look, Scott Raab in Esquire and Bill Simmons in ESPN the Magazine write the exact same article about Mickey Rourke in Darren Aronofsky’s newest, The Wrestler: “Rourke is a jerk and he’s playing himself as washed up and talent wasted”. Simmons did spice it up a little at the end by telling wrestling when they can have him back as a fan.
When it institutes a pension plan for retired wrestlers, when there’s an off-season that mirrors those of the major sports so bodies can recover, when it cracks down on all enhancers, when someone explains to me why I shouldn’t care that so many ghosts showed up for my private screening.
Monday is the day The New Yorker, New York Magazine, and Esquire publish most of their articles online (though Esquire is a monthly, they seem to publish all the time, even not on Mondays, so I may be wrong) making Tuesday the day that a lot of blogs I read post any stories from those magazines. I can’t play the speed game so my posts generally come weeks later if at all. I like Magazine Monday and it reminds me of the Monday night excitement waiting for an album to come out on Tuesday or Thursday night waiting for a movie to come out Friday (before they started coming out on Thursday and then Wednesday). Any other days like that for you guys? Also, any other magazines that have good feeds?
Lastly, when will magazines (and certain blogs) start publishing the full articles in their feeds? It’s the reason I don’t subscribe to Harper’s RSS and why I resent the New Yorker. On the other hand, I’m getting the goods for free, user experience be damned.
After the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004, I didn’t quite know what to do to help myself take it all in. I found a message board called ‘Win it For’ that was started at some point before the World Series and was filled with stories from people who wanted the Red Sox to win the World Series for someone or other. I spent about 5 hours, reading it straight through, the morning after the World Series and it was the best way I could have celebrated the Red Sox winning.
On November 4, when Barack Obama was announced the winner of the 2008 Presidential Election I was searching for a similar sort of catharsis. Not so much because of Obama winning (which was nice) but because the election had been building as an event for almost 3 years ‘ from the speculation of who would run, to the announcements, to the campaigns, to the primaries, to the general, and finally, November 4th came and went. I thought maybe I’ll collect a few thoughts from friends, or collect all the Facebook status messages, or collect a few links that helped tell the story. As I thought about it, I decided I wouldn’t be able to do what I wanted without going overboard. And I won’t lie, despite my attempts at making this document impartial, there’s no way it could have been. And though I’ve tried to make its focus 11/4, Election Day, there were certain events from the campaign that creeped in.
I wanted to create something to look at a couple years from now to remember the election and hopefully present a good representation of what both sides of America were feeling on that day as evidenced by the response in the press and on the blogs. I didn’t capture everything, though I’ve certainly tried. I want to consume all of this information, have it put on a microchip in my brain. Until that’s possible, I just read a lot. I don’t know how many of these links will work in a year or 5 years, (when this doc might be helpful to show younger people who may not have ever remembered having a president who isn’t black), but here’s what I’ve got. At the bottom is a list of all the sites I used and the domains that helped.
This is a LONG post, when you get bored, bookmark it so you can come back later. There are several different sections. If you want to skip around, you can use the Contents Section below.
Celebrate! – A run down of the celebrations.
WINS! – A list of 38 sites and their winning posts.
Winners and Losers – 18 lists of election winners and losers.
Turnout, Voting, and Polling – Articles and stories about voting, polling, and turn out.
Reactions – Reactions from the world, pundits, and celebrities.
How Obama Won – Some thoughts on how Obama won.
Why McCain Lost – Some thoughts on why McCain lost and what next for the GOP.
Expectations and Advice – There are a lot of people with expectations and a lot of people with advice.
Race – Obviously electing the first black president is going to bring up comments on race.
Money and Business – What will the impact on your money and you business be?
The Media – Without the media, wherever would we be!?
Humor – Without the humor, wherever would we be!?
Miscellaneous – Without the miscellaneous, wherever would we be!?
Personal Stories from Friends – Just what it says.
273 Status Political Status Messages in 27 Hours – Just what it says.
Via – Here’s a list of all the sites I used in putting this together ‘ the sources.
“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.”
Esquire has been celebrating its 75th anniversary this year with several different look backs and lists. As someone who loves lists, this has been a good year. As a culmination of the celebration, they’ve listed the 7 greatest articles of all time, though, judging by the list, the magazine was shit until the 60s, then again until 2003 with a brief beacon of light in 1986. Not sure if this is accurate, or if they just wanted to make sure that everyone knew that Gay Talese and Norman Mailer wrote for Esquire. In any case, I enjoy best of lists and each of these articles is sure to be a great read. As Esquire is a hog for pageviews and presents most of their lists in slideshow form (I’ll complain about anything, I know), I’ve gone through the trouble of reproducing the list here. Hope you enjoy it.
“The School” By C.J. Chivers June 2006
Kazbek Misikov stared at the bomb hanging above his family. It was a simple device, a plastic bucket packed with explosive paste, nails, and small metal balls. It weighed perhaps eight pounds. The existence of this bomb had become a central focus of his life. If it exploded, Kazbek knew, it would blast shrapnel into the heads of his wife and two sons, and into him as well, killing them all.
“The Falling Man” By Tom Junod September 2003
In truth, however, the Falling Man fell with neither the precision of an arrow nor the grace of an Olympic diver. He fell like everyone else, like all the other jumpers–trying to hold on to the life he was leaving, which is to say he fell desperately, inelegantly. In Drew’s famous photograph, his humanity is in accord with the lines of the buildings. In the rest of the sequence–the eleven outtakes–his humanity stands apart. He is not augmented by aesthetics; he is merely human, and his humanity, startled and in some cases horizontal, obliterates everything else in the frame.
“What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?” By Richard Ben Cramer June 1986
He’s always first, 8:00 A.M., at the tennis club. He’s been up for hours, he’s ready. He fidgets, awaiting appearance by some other, any other, man with a racket, whereupon Ted bellows, before the newcomer can say hello, “WELL, YOU WANNA PLAY?” Ted’s voice normally emanates with gale force, even at close range. Apologists attribute this to the ear injury that sent him home from Korea and ended his combat flying career. But Ted can speak softly and hear himself fine, if it’s only one friend around. The roar with which he speaks in a public place, or to anyone else, has nothing to do with his hearing. It’s your hearing he’s worried about.
“Frank Sinatra Has a Cold” By Gay Talese April 1966
He was the victim of an ailment so common that most people would consider it trivial. But when it gets to Sinatra it can plunge him into a state of anguish, deep depression, panic, even rage.
“M” By John Sack October 1966
“They hit a little girl,” and in his muscular black arms the first specialist carried out a seven-year-old, long black hair and little earrings, staring eyes–eyes, her eyes are what froze themselves onto M’s memory, it seemed there was no white to those eyes, nothing but black ellipses like black goldfish. The child’s nose was bleeding–there was a hole in the back of her skull.
“The Last American Hero Is Junior Johnson. Yes!” By Tom Wolfe March 1965
Starting time! Linda Vaughn, with the big blonde hair and blossomy breasts, puts down her Coca-Cola and the potato chips and slips off her red stretch pants and her white blouse and walks out of the officials’ booth in her Rake-a-cheek red show-girl’s costume with her long honeydew legs in net stockings and climbs up on the red Firebird float. The Life Symbol of stock-car racing! Yes!
“Superman Comes to the Supermarket” By Norman Mailer November 1960
Yes, America was at last engaging the fate of its myth, its consciousness about to be accelerated or cruelly depressed in its choice between two young men in their forties who, no matter how close, dull, or indifferent their stated politics might be, were radical poles apart, for one was sober, the apotheosis of opportunistic lead, all radium spent, the other handsome as a prince in the unstated aristocracy of the American dream.