February 15, 2013 |
Ashton Kutcher is living a double life, or so his latest profile in Esquire magazine would have us believe. On one hand, he's an actor who's taken goofy, likable-guy kinds of roles and parlayed them into a career and, on the other, he's a tech-geek, venture capitalist who's trying to change the world. And if there's one thing we learned from this lengthy story , it's that he loves to work, despite his description as "dumb-actor savant" by Esquire's Tom Chiarella. Kutcher has come a long way since his role on "That '70s Show.
February 13, 2013 |
Out of the service, out of the shadows: The Navy SEAL who reportedly killed Osama bin Laden in the world's most famous secret raid has stepped a little closer toward the sunlight. The unnamed shooter, profiled in a recent Esquire cover story that describes a post-military life without a pension or timely disability benefits, met with lawmakers Tuesday to discuss veteran's care. The SEAL, who didn't qualify for a pension or health benefits for his family because he retired four years earlier than the Navy's 20-year threshold, met with Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.)
February 12, 2013 |
The fog of Abbottabad strikes again. On Tuesday, confusion continued to swirl around Esquire magazine's cover story about the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden during the instantly legendary May 2011 raid on the terrorist leader's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The article, which was published online Monday, is framed around the premise that the SEAL, dubbed the Shooter, got "nothing" from the government after his retirement, including no healthcare coverage. According to officials and experts, that claim was incorrect : All Iraq and Afghanistan veterans get five years of healthcare benefits after retirement.
February 11, 2013 |
NBCUniversal wants to trade in its geeks for metrosexuals. The media giant announced Monday that it was rebooting its tiny G4 cable channel, which has long focused on attracting young, male video game players. But because most gamers don't watch much TV, ratings for G4 have been puny. So in a bid for higher numbers, and a larger share of advertising dollars, the company is attempting an upgrade: On April 22, the channel will be rebranded as the Esquire Network, a partnership with Hearst Magazines and its iconic publication.
October 5, 2012 |
Annual "best of" lists are made for arguing, but even given that, this year's restaurant round-up from longtime Esquire writer John Mariani contains at least one major “huh?” item. First, the good news: three Southern California spots were included on the best new restaurant list: Vic Casanova's Gusto , Josef Centeno's Baco Mercat and Bernhard Mairinger's BierBeisl . Restaurant of the year went to Atlanta's the Optimist , restaurateur of the year was Gabriel Stulman, from Perla, in New York City , and Drew Nieporent (Montrachet, the various Nobus, Tribeca , Corton)
August 3, 2012
Re "Iconoclast wielded sharp pen, tongue," Obituary, Aug. 1 Gore Vidal "demolished"William F. Buckley Jr.? Hardly. In response to dueling essays commissioned by Esquire in 1969, each sued the other for libel. The cases were settled, but Vidal paid the court costs in both, and Buckley, not Vidal, received a published apology from the magazine's editors. The two men had a biting, adversarial relationship, but Buckley was in every sense Vidal's intellectual and oratorical equal.