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A GATHERING FORCE
the forbidden question
FROM THE EDITORS OF esquire
THE RISE OF ELEVATED STUPIDITY • America’s HOT-TAKE ECONOMY has created a kind of smart that is indistinguishable from stupid. These days we’re soaking in it.
THE sound of summer ’21
THE BIG SUMMER READS
MASTER YOUR DOMAIN • Work. Play. Eat. Lounge. When the rhythm of your day is ever changing, even the smallest spaces need to smoothly transition from beat to beat. Here’s how to carve out a zone where you can step away—just steps away—and leave the rest behind.
NIGHTMARE ON MAIN STREET • Being a father of young sons right now means fretting more about plenty—like what to pick on MOVIE NIGHT. They’re getting too big for the baby stuff, but are they really ready for the thrills of a true horror classic?
ON THE RIGHT TRACK
Kill YOUR Houseplants • It’s time to DITCH THE FICUS and go bold. Your inspiration? The 1980s
what i’ve learned
Prep thYself • This summer, steal your fits from the guys sipping spritzes by the tennis court. Country-club membership very much not required.
C’mon, Get Hippie • Tired of too-slick menswear? This summer’s most exciting designers are taking a little DIY attitude—and a whole lotta love—to make something soulful.
A Diver with zest • Louis Vuitton’s new Tambour watch makes a big splash whether you take it in the ocean or not
The Return of the Man perm • A perm (yes, a perm) might just be your ticket to a good hair day, every day
THE BEST bars IN AMERICA 2021
the rise and fall of PLANET HOLLYWOOD • Thirty years ago, the biggest celebrities on earth opened a chain restaurant. For a few years, it was the hottest ticket in town. Then it went bankrupt. Twice. The brains behind this pop-culture phenomenon explain how it happened.
it’s tee time in america • Golf is back. On the following pages, seven things we’re loving about the new golden era.
WELCOME TO the Golfaissance
1 johnny manziel IS GIVING hope TO ALL the HACKERS
THE NEW RULES OF GOLF
2 THERE ARE GOLF BUDDIES (AND FRENEMIES) TO BE MADE • An incomplete taxonomy of golfers
3 EVERYONE wants one of scotty cameron’s FLAT STICKS
4 THERE’S A BETTER WAY TO drink ON THE GOLF COURSE
5 KAMAiU JOHNSON is the PUTTING SPORT on his SHOULDERS • “Golf has to look like America, or golf goes under.”
6 golf’s DRESS CODE has (FINALLY) BEEN DISRUPTED • For too long, golf’s preferred on-course attire was a little cringey. But with an INFLUX of young, fashion-forward golfers—and with the support of some heavy-hitting brands that have joined the cause—the FUTURE OF GOLF STYLE is looking mighty sharp.
7 the score is no longer THE POINT
immortal • At fifty-six, already decades into an A-list career, Chris Rock is rebooting the Saw franchise. He nailed the fourth season of Fargo. He’s directing again. He’s writing more jokes. The man might just be trying to live forever.
daddy ball • It started the way most dad-on-dad youth-sports rivalries do. But on the Long Island Inferno, two fathers, both with complicated pasts, took it all too far. There were claims of stalking, corrupt cops, and mob connections. Neither man was ever the same.
new heights • From Broadway TO television to ONE of the summer’s buzziest movies, actor COREY HAWKINS is on the rise
the trial that changed hip-hop...