ON THE EVENING of September 10,2001, we were finishing our November issue. The next morning, we tore much of it up and started over. The result, which included a new cover, new photos, and dramatic stories about the attack on the World Trade Center by Scott Anderson, John Falk, and Walter Russell Mead, stirred a wave of emotional responses.
For nearly a decade, journalist CHARLES M. SENNOTT has been covering international terrorism for the New York Daily News and The Boston Globe, a pursuit that has taken him from one misbegotten spot to another all over the world—and that now lands him in Afghanistan, where he writes from this month.
it started when she was six years old, when she stepped in at the last minute to play Rock Hudson's daughter in a miniseries her stepfather was directing. (A confident little pip, she told Hudson he was reading his lines wrong.) She tried to shake it by going to college to study economics, only to end up studying acting at UCLA.
"Winning bid receives an asskicking from me personally. I am 6'0" and weigh over 230 lbs. If you win this auction, I will personally come to your house and kick your ass. I guarantee that I will not break any bones or kill you." —From a recent offering on eBay
1. The Sopranos will return. 2. Rudy Giuliani will not go away. 3. The surprisingly decent U. S. soccer team will actually win some games in June's World Cup. 4. January is National Oatmeal Month. 5. A midseason sitcom called Greg the Bunny— about the ugly backstage life at a puppet show—is brilliant.
Rule No. 192: The sniffing of one's finger is a pleasure best indulged discreetly. Rule No. 193: Inviting others to sniff one's finger: more discreetly still. Rule No. 205: IT you are a mentally retarded character in a movie, it is imperative that your pants be too short.
Wes Anderson is a detail guy. Unlike most filmmakers, the director of 1998's critically worshiped Rushmore oversees all aspects of his films, right down to the last bit of clothing. Wardrobe, in fact, plays a big role in Anderson's latest, The Royal Tenenbaums, about a family of eccentrics who haven't evolved, emotionally or stylewise, in decades.
In his quest to document all things American, especially those involving grainy black-and-white photos, Ken Burns has produced a new PBS biography—and accompanying book—about Mark Twain. Here, Burns and coproducer Dayton Duncan give you some Twain trivia to impress your friends.
A SHORT REVIEW The wonderful thing about In the Little World
(HarperCollins, $25) is that it doesn't contain a smidgen of false sympathy. No small feat in a book about dwarfs. Esquire writer at large John H. Richardson has penned a bighearted but brutally honest work—one based on a 1998 article in this magazine—that explores how the "different" deal with the "normal."
NO DISRESPECT tOWOlf and the gang, but 24/7 CNN is no way to take your news. Not anymore. Not when you've got the Web, that most borderless of media, at your fingertips. Here are some sites to help you grasp, decode, and survive the big new world.
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WINES TO WATCH FOR 2002 So you're staying put. Locking up and hunkering down. Fair enough. At least let yourself take a trip around the world at dinnertime. Herewith, what I'll be drinking this year. ITALY Antinori vermentino, $18: This grape—with its surprising lime, pineapple, and ginger tastes—is set to redefine the Italianwhite-wine landscape.
Genghis Khan knew from burgers. Back in the y, his Mongol warriors stashed chunks of beef under their saddles, a nifty little tenderizing trick on the road to world domination. Now, eight centuries later, two chefs of a considerably less violent nature claim to have created the world's best burger—though we hardly think it fair to wage a war this meaty without letting a certain arch rival take a shot.
What's beyond the ultimate driving machine? Ultimer? Ultimest? Already being hailed as the most sophisticated car ever assembled, the BMW 7 Series boasts a V8 that sounds like the Berlin Philharmonic (a V12 will be out later this year) and the world's first completely electronic sixspeed automatic transmission.
Flag Etiquette,.Manly Ear Wax & How to Survive a Punch
ESQUIRE'S ANSWER FELLA believes that there are no stupid questions, just stupid people who don't ask questions, fearing they'll look stupid. So ask Answer Fella anything. If he doesn't know the answer, he'll find out who does, or who has a guess that sounds right.
Please select the pair that expresses a relationship most similar to that expressed in the original pair. ft THE MIND OF THE MARRIED MAN IS TO THE MINDS OF MARRIED MEN AS: a) Hank Hill is to Homer Simpson b) Rollerblading is to snowshoeing c) The Sopranos is to The Godfather
Vicious Cycle This month's must-have is part bomber, part motorcycle jacket, part trench coat. The style was originally created in the 1950s by Brit motorcycling outfitter Beistaff, which called it the Trialmaster and sold it in waxed cotton and then leather (which often weighed more than the cow it came from). The latest versions, from a handful of reverent designers, aren't as cumbersome-cut from a softer, more lightweight leather that works just as well on the crosstown bus as it does on the seat of a Triumph.
Saving Your Hide Here are a few tips on the care and feeding of your suede jacket from Christine Gonzalez of the Leather Apparel Association: Treat the jacket with a silicone spray that repels water and stains. Reapply every three months. If the nimbostratus are gathering, leave the jacket in the closet.
Demand is low, supply high, prices cheap. So why do so many companies seize on tough times to hold a fire sale?
WHEN I FANTASIZE about how I'd run the worldwhich I do frequently-I choose for myself the role of benevolent dictator. The idea is that I'd be able to do what's best for the world without having to answer to fickle voters. My bold initiatives would never get bogged down in committee meetings or be diluted by the need to form consensus.
According to author Nicholas Pileggi, by the time mobster Henry Hill was twenty-six, he had fifteen Brioni suits. I just turned thirty-three, and l have no Brioni anything, not even one of those ties with the adorable gold clasp. I visit my old friend eBay.
IT WAS JUST OVER a quarter century ago that Robert Altman made “the ultimate Altman movie” —one the late Pauline Kael saw fit, no kidding, to compare to Joyce’s Ulysses. What stuck in some people’s craws was that her “review” was blatant special pleading—or special bullying, since she was using her New Yorker pulpit to flack for Nashville before she or anyone knew whether it would even reach theaters.
(1) A Film You Should See A favorite at the Toronto international Film Festival, Lantana feels a bit like an Australian version of The Ice Stornr. an intricate, brilliantly acted story of four couples leading lives of desperation, and a tragic death that entwines them.
HERE’S AN UNDERSTATEMENT: Times have changed. Depression has been cloaking the entertainment industry just as much as it has the rest of the world. A few weeks ago, AOL Time Warner COO Dick Parsons tried to rally the troops with an e-mail quoting C. S. Lewis during World War II (“Human life has always been lived on the edge of a precipice”).
ARTILLERY FIRE RUMBLES LIKE THUNDER in the hills above the Kokcha River in northern Afghanistan. The pack horses tap their way down into the rocky riverbed and wade in, the rushing water soaking my legs. On a saddle of burlap stuffed with hay and gripping reins of frayed rope, I do my best to hold on.
1,000 YEARS’ WORTH OF WISDOM AND WILD FOOLISHNESS FROM 17 EXTRAORDINARY LIVES
“Second place is really the first loser.” -GEORGE STEINBRENNER “My favorite color is chocolate.” -HOMER SIMPSON “If everybody knew the truth about everybody else’s thoughts, there’d be way more murders.” -GEORGE CARLIN “Modesty is an overrated virtue.”
<p>I was in my mother’s belly as she sat in the waiting room of the abortionist’s office. Dr. Sunshine was his code name. I was fifty feet from the drainpipe, and she saw a painting on the wall that reminded her of her mother, who had recently died. She took that as a sign to have the baby. That’s what I call luck.</p>
<p>Giving an opinion that people don’t want to hear can work both ways. If it’s a person you like, it can be very hard. If it’s a person for whom you have a major distaste, it can be extremely enjoyable.</p>
<p>They still got a dirt road up to the town where I grew up—Butcher Holler, Kentucky. They wanted me to put a paved highway up through there, and I said, “I walked through mud up to my knees getting out, and you can do the same thing.”</p>
<p>Up to that day, I’d had a <i>Brady Bunch</i>, cookie-cutter, beautiful
life. I now know what it’s like to have a 110-story building that’s been hit by
a 767 come down on my head. For better or for worse, it’s part of my life.
There are things I never thought I’d know that I now know.
In his fifty-plus years as a professional photographer, Harry Benson has seen a lot. He's managed to learn a few things along the way, too.
<p>They put me out of school when I was thirteen, came to the house and told my parents there was no point in me being there because I was just holding everybody back. I got a stu~ pidjob delivering X~ray film on a cart. As the years passed. I kept trying to get on as a pho tographer at a big paper in Glasgow.</p>
<p>I gambled only on horses. I liked the thrill of them turning into the stretch. I still like it. Except it’s not as much fun when you don’t need the money. It’s much more fun when you’re riding on the rent.</p>
<p>I don’t want to sound like I’ve been around since the Civil War, but there has been enormous change since I started. When I began at NBC, I was the only female writer on the <i>Today </i>show. Another female couldn’t get a job unless the woman writer either got married or died. Literally.</p>
<p>The landscape is littered with the corpses of people who have made predictions, so I won’t try to predict what America will look like a hundred years from now. Nobody remembers what you said anyway, unless you’re Nostradamus.</p>
<p>My first memory is still very clear in my mind. It was November 11, 1918. I can even remember the street I lived on: 16 Clement Street in San Francisco. I can remember the streetcars coming down Geary on Armistice Day with people screaming on top of them. There weren’t enough seats in the cars, so people climbed on top and were cheering, applauding. Joyous!</p>
When your father doesn't leave a note, it falls on you to make sense of what he did
<p>ON APRIL 8, 1976, my father drove to Lambert Airport in St. Louis, parked his car in the long-term lot, and bought a one-way ticket to Boston, where he took a cab to Cambridge, checked into the Holiday Inn a couple blocks from Harvard Square, and quietly committed suicide.</p>
<p><strong>For years</strong> people have asked if I mind being remembered as Princess Leia. I used to say no. But now I will say that it sometimes bothers me, yes. It follows me around like a little smell.<br></p>
I'm pure with myself, man. I don’t bullshit Ike. I bite the bullet. I don’t lie to me. You can feel when people are yessin’ you. You can feel the real. I always showed them what to do. I can go and record any girl you bring in here right now and you would swear to God she’s coppin’ off Tina—because there is no Tina.
I'm proud to be called the father of the H-bomb. It was necessary. If not for me, the H-bomb would have been developed in Russia first. In the U. S., we would now be speaking Russian. That I spent my I ife working on weapons, I have not the least regret.
there'alw ays a muse. Clothes have to befar someone. If nobody wears them, then they’re nothing; they’ve served no purpose. > Classic to me just describes something that’s familiar and that's lasted, it’s not a costume. It’s clothes. > The people I’m most inspired by you cannot judge by their clothing. The guys who really have sty le don’t even know it. > An American guy can be wearing the most expensive suit and be just as comfortable sitting on a rusty park bench as an upholstered chair. The “it’s just clothes” attitude is what American style is all about. > Design is not some great high art form. It’s just the product of a series of creative choices. > I’ve said it before and fu say it again: The clothes do not make the man. _ _ I’m a bit suspicious of men who follow fashion too |\ /I ^ closely lavbe I’m old-fashioned, I don’t know. \/ I T f who's touring now in support of his second record, Poses, wears a one-button single-breasted wool sport coat ($595) and cotton trousers ($300) by Marc Jacobs. currently starring in the Broadway produc ;tion of Noises Off, wears a one-button single-breasted cotton sport coat ($795), cotton-blend sweater ($310), linen-and-rayon trapiers ($195), and canvas oxfords ($295) by Donna Karan. The most fun part of the job is looking around you for inspiration. The most rewarding part is finding it. > > These These days, days, men’s and women’s clothing aren’t that different—they’re all about fabric and tailoring. For women’s wear, I just take the men’s wear and add lace. > American style is global style—jeans and a T-shirt and a piece of leather. >If I could change one thing about how American men look at clothes, I would convince them to suspend their disbelief and try something new. > Inspiration is everywhere. A yellow taxicab can inspire an entire line. > All of society has to get dressed. ears a three-button single-breasted linen jacket (part of suit, $425), cotton ($60), cotton T-shirt ($11), and by Tommy Hilfiger. By surrounding yourself wim the best, you will find vourself constantly growing and improving. > In a world that boasts so many cultures, clothing allows us to express our diversity I am flattered to be held as a fashion and lifestyle arbiter. It is something that I do not take lightly: > No longer can wetalk about the stereotypical American man. There are too many global influences and so much information that we have become one world. Our president dresses pretty well. He looks dignified for occasions of state, and his Texas-inspired casual wear looks natural and at ease. He gets it just right, as far as I'm concerned. A blue blazer, jeans, a crew neck sweater, and a white woven-cotton shirt— - ■ - ”1 could go around the world with only those pieces. 7 > I have no complaints. Believe me STEVEN KLEIN American men want to look and feel great as any other man ( >r any woman. They’re just not as vocal abounfc - Clothes should make the person look better, not the other way (around. > Follow your instincts, stick to your own point of'view, and never be afraid to take risks, p All a man needs in his closet is a great suit, a white T-shirt, and a pair of jeans. > Clothing matters to people because people want to look good and they want to feel good. It is that simple. who stars opposite Uma Thurman in HBO's Hysterical Blindness, due out later this year, wears a two-button single-breasted leather coat ($2,695), cotton-and-nylon-sateen jersey sweatshirt ($295), and cotton satin-finish trousers ($285) by Calvin Klein. FOR STORE INFORMATION SEE PAGE 122. FOR OUR PICKS OF THE COOLEST NEW CLOTHES AND WHERE TO BUY THEM, VISIT ESQUIRE.COM/STYLE.
Store Information For availability of the items featured in Esquire, call the phone number or consult the Web site provided. The Style Guide, p. 32: Gucci jacket, 800-234-8224. P. 33: Louis Vuitton suits, vest, henley, and boots, 866-8848866; www.vuitton.com.
Creator/ruler, immortal, the Celestial Kingdom of Heaven
A. J. Jacobs
Say something in a deep, booming voice and people take notice. I shouldn't have favorites, but I think “Thou shalt not have false gods before me” is my best commandment. It's very important to comb your beard every day. I hate the Sistine Chapel.