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Jim Koch Taught Me How to Drink All Night But Never Get Drunk

esquire.com — "That guy from the TV commercials!" That's what they call him, either because they don't know his name, or are by now too drunk to remember it. As the co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, he has appeared in countless Sam Adams commercials over thirty years.

You (Still) Do Not "Probably Have Herpes"—An Update

esquire.com — Late yesterday afternoon, beneath a headline that, as we wrote about, reads, "Bad news: you probably have herpes and don't know it," Vox.com added a completely new opening paragraph that doubled down on their misinformation, on their desire to scare people into reading.
RT @MegMcCloskey: That's cute. MT @abeaujon Esquire, of all pubs, dinging a site for having "no idea of how to admit when it's wrong” bit.ly/1hrYz2y
RT @MegMcCloskey: That's cute. MT @abeaujon Esquire, of all pubs, dinging a site for having "no idea of how to admit when it's wrong” bit.ly/1hrYz2y
That's cute. MT @abeaujon Esquire, of all pubs, dinging a site for having "no idea of how to admit when it's wrong” bit.ly/1hrYz2y
RT @abeaujon: Oh my god, Esquire, of all publications, dinging a site for having "no idea of how to admit when it's wrong” bit.ly/1hrYz2y
Oh my god, Esquire, of all publications, dinging a site for having "no idea of how to admit when it's wrong” bit.ly/1hrYz2y
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Ronald McDonald Manages To Gentrify Himself With A New Outfit

esquire.com — Ronald McDonald was never the "best dressed" man or anything of the sort. He was always the creepy white-faced (like death!) guy who hung around the ball pit, perpetually waving with a dead-eyed wide-grinned face that brought back long-repressed memories of childhood dissapointment.

How to Insult People As Well as Billy Eichner

esquire.com — No one knows the insult game better than Billy Eichner. On his Fuse show Billy On The Street, he hands out hilarious, occasionally crazed slights on a weekly basis. Recently, in one of the series' best ever moments, Eichner and guest Joel McHale improvised their way through a fight that involved Eichner yelling things about David Schwimmer's "mushroom face" and telling McHale to get on a show people actually watch.

Another Pipeline, Another Leak

esquire.com — By Charles P. Pierce on April 14, 2014 Occasionally, as we consider the fate of our old friend, the Keystone XL pipeline, the continent-spanning death funnel that will bring the world's dirtiest fossil fuel through the heart of some of the richest farmland in the world, we should miss no opportunity to remind ourselves that pipelines leak, and that the people who own them do not care a great deal whether they do or not, because that's just a sunk cost of doing the pipeline business.
RT @CarrieSmithEnq: Another Pipeline, Another Leak (this Esquire blog linked to my story ... sweet!) esquire.com/blogs/politics… via @EsquireMag
Another Pipeline, Another Leak (this Esquire blog linked to my story ... sweet!) esquire.com/blogs/politics… via @EsquireMag

Watch Spiderman Climb a Building in San Francisco

esquire.com — Alex Fking Honnold. He is famous for climbing sheer mountains with no safety equipment of any kind, often smiling through the deadly process. The man doesn't really explain why he does what he does, so we must conclude that he simply lives to surprise us - and to remind us that we are capable of far more physical feats than unloading the dishwasher.

Gus Christensen, Wall Street Banker Prototype, Thinks He Can Kill Inequality in NYC. So He's Quitting to Do It.

esquire.com — It is tax day, April 15th, and a rainy one on the Upper East Side of Manhattan where Gustavus "Gus" Christensen, a Democrat running to fill a rare open city seat in the New York State Assembly, works from his compact, ground level home office. Christensen sits in front of a closed Lenovo laptop.
RT @Esquiremag: This Wall St prototype says fighting inequality isn't just "tax the rich." Can he fix a broken system? esqm.ag/60149I5y
RT @StephanieDahle: Any candidate profile that manages to reference Downton Abbey is worth reading: esquire.com/blogs/news/gus… … by @MichaelMaiello via @EsquireMag

Easter Rising At 98

esquire.com — By Charles P. Pierce on April 24, 2014 Today is the 98th anniversary of the Easter Rising in Dublin, which was a military fiasco but, eventually, a triumph of the Irish nation since the British made the capital mistake of shooting all the people who made the best poets, and leaving alive all the people who made the best soldiers, which cost them 26 counties after the War Of Independence.

Self-Charging iPad Case In Bomber-Jacket Leather

esquire.com — iPad's are pretty great. They're big enough to watch a movie on, read a book, check out the latest issue of Esquire, and even text your girlfriend-often all in the same bathroom trip! But the cheap, $30 iPad cases they sell at the Apple store are a bit... meh.

The Best Hip-Hop Songs About Food

esquire.com — Food's been rapped about since some of hip-hop's earliest days. Like Fat Boys' " All You Can Eat" in 1985. Or Tribe's " Ham 'N' Eggs" in 1990. And Ice-T's " Fried Chicken" in 1991. And over the past few years, the trend has even outgrown the actual music: Questlove opened a fried chicken joint in New York City.

The Most Important Book of the Twenty-First Century

esquire.com — The term must-read has lost most of its urgency by this point-if indeed it had any urgency to begin with. When you see it in a review today, you assume it simply means the reviewer enjoyed the book, or that everybody else will be reading it and therefore you must, too.
OOH, I'M SCAAARED -- capitalists on Piketty's "Capital." esquire.com/blogs/news/tho… via @EsquireMag

Why Comcast Will Be Allowed to Buy Time Warner Cable and Kill Net Neutrality

esquire.com — For the past three years, Comcast's Senior VP of Governmental Affairs has been Meredith Baker. Baker's last job was the Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, where she signed off on the controversial NBCUniversal sale to Comcast in 2009.

Huzzah Times Three

esquire.com — By Charles P. Pierce on April 23, 2014 Back when I was a member of the MSM -- or the Lamestream Media as we say around the meth cooker in Wasilla -- one of the saloons along the docks of Blogistan that I regularly visited was Hullabaloo, the outpost of the redoubtable Heather (Digby) Parton, because she could write like a dream and was impatient with the cant of people like, well, me.

Why Shakespeare Remains Essential 450 Years Later

esquire.com — Today is Shakespeare's 450th birthday, and lets face it, it's weird that we're still talking about him. The man wrote verse drama, as dead a genre as there is. He wrote four centuries ago, in a foreign country, in a language that is barely recognizable as our own.