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Esquire’s star writer Tom Junod and senior editor Mark Warren have teamed up to put a good deal of NMA hardware on the shelf. In the latest issue of the Hearst monthly, they combined to write a mondo story, “Patient Zero,” about one scientist, Eric Schadt, and his attempt to use Big Data to save the life of a woman diagnosed with terminal colon cancer, Stephanie Lee. Many were impressed. Paul Raeburn was not.
off the record
In on ongoing quest to prove it’s more than just listicles about corgis, Buzzfeed has hired Pulitzer Prize Winner and ProPublica veteran Mark Schoofs to head its investigative unit. (The New York Times)
Last Friday night, a slew of literary luminaries gathered at a cocktail party in an Astor Square penthouse to celebrate the launch of Narrative 4, an organization co-founded by authors Colum McCann and Luis Alberto Urrea to promote social change through storytelling.
“It’s like a United Nations for young storytellers,” Mr. McCann, clad in his signature skinny scarf, told Off the Record, standing on a balcony overlooking downtown Manhattan. “The whole idea behind it is that the one true democracy we have is storytelling. It goes across borders, boundaries, genders, rich, poor—everybody has a story to tell.”
The Esquire Network is officially launching September 23. The channel, which is a rebranding of G4,is going to make their big debut with a two-hour special to commemorate the magazine’s 80th anniversary issue. The original programming will look at the past eight decades, all through the lens of the magazine’s coverage.
The Eight-Day Week
Esquire editor at large AJ Jacobs is starting a new advice column, he announced today in a blog post. But it is not just a regular old advice column. Instead of just getting advice from Mr. Jacobs, the column will include curated advice from his “100,000 Facebook Friends*” with whom he is sharing the byline.
“You will be getting the combined experience of a brigade of Ann Landerses, a stadium full of Dan Savages,” Mr. Jacobs wrote. “As for me, I will be the Nate Silver of this experiment, curating and collating and commenting on the mass’s responses. I will print the best, funniest, and oddest answers (providing full credit, of course). And we will determine the best course together.”
They just don’t make them like George Lois anymore. As we’re perpetually reminded when looking at the dreariness of the contemporary newsstand, the Esquire art director who gave us some of the most instantly recognizable covers of the modern magazine era is simply not replaceable. But he didn’t arrive on the scene fully formed, as Read More
Between Kellan Lutz offering to get naked on stage and Ted Danson thanking Esquire for a wonderful evening, the 2012 GQ Gentlemen’s Ball was a boozy affair.
The highly-anticipated Great Gatsby re-boot (or whatever!) was to be released this Christmas, but it’s avoiding the Anna Karenina/Django Unchained/Hobbit pile-up with a move to next summer. Totally speculating here: this throws the editorial calendars of several top magazines into chaos. Herewith, our deeply un-educated guesses on the stories and cover lines editors are stuck with:
Say what you will about Esquire, the Hearst lad mag’s willingness to experiment—and frankness about the outcome of those experiments—is unparalleled in the magazine business.
As The New York Times breathlessly recounted early this year, Esquire dabbled in e-ink in 2008, offering a cover that blinked at you from the newsstand. In Read More
Ebony creative director Darhil Crooks has been poached by The Atlantic, the company announced today. There he will oversee art direction in print, online, on mobile and tablet devices and will keep an eye on The Atlantic Wire and Atlantic Cities.