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The Good, the Bad and the Handsome from the May Men’s Mags

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Every month, we thoroughly examine the contents of GQ, Details and Esquire, so you don’t have to. This month’s breakdown—starring Louis C.K., Lake Bell (above), clowns, vegetables, lingual dexterity, meat, Matt Bomer, vintage topless, soccer, lip ticklers, Jon Favreau, colorful suede, Kris Kristofferson and a whole lot of funny—now.

Behold, the month in men’s lifestyle journalism...»

The Good, the Bad and the Handsome from the April Men’s Mags

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Every month, we thoroughly examine the contents of GQ, Details and Esquire, so you don’t have to. This month’s breakdown—starring whimsy, Jaime Lannister, Mrs. Draper, lamb meat loaf, undone black tie, the “Side Sweep,” penis pumps, ScarJo as an alien, a human Barbie, ADHD meds, chihuahuas in handbags and Boston Strong, dammit—now.

Behold, the month in men’s lifestyle journalism...»

The Good, the Bad and the Handsome from the March Men’s Mags

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Every month, we thoroughly examine the contents of GQ, Details and Esquire, so you don’t have to. This month’s breakdown—starring Peter Dinklage, bologna, double-breasted suits, Legos, Kate Mara, Momofuku, butter, bolo ties, Rob Ford, being well-rested, shooting animals, shaving cream, Iggy Azalea, Southern suiting and Shia LaBeouf, for better or worse—now.

Behold, the month in men’s lifestyle journalism...»

The Good, the Bad and the Handsome from the November Men’s Mags

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Every month, we thoroughly examine the contents of GQ, Details and Esquire, so you don’t have to. This month’s breakdown—starring Scarlett Johansson, the color green, hardcore layering, hiking volcanoes, ice baths, hand models, Corey Feldman, Weinergate, buying gold, champagne flutes, Australian soap operas and loads of eye candy—after the jump...

Behold, the month in men’s lifestyle journalism...»

GQ's January Blues

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Note to *GQ* readers: think twice before following the advice on three-piece suits in the January issue too closely. While we're all for the return of vested interests, proper tailoring is absolutely essential when it comes to adding the extra element. You do not want your shirt and tie peeking out between the vest and trousers, and nor should your waistband be on public view, as has happened to *GQ*'s unfortunate model pictured here. Without a smooth, uninterrupted vest-to-trouser transition, “the entire elegance of a three-piece suit is destroyed,” as the great Alan Flusser notes. For this reason, low-slung pants, as on display in *GQ*, do not work on a three-piece, and belt loops have no place here either; side tabs are preferable, and braces are of course the classic choice.

This isn't to say the January *GQ* is a total loss »

Esky's Cognac Conundrum

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The January issue of *Esquire* does its readers a grave disservice in the innocent guise of giving advice about getting one's ladyfriends liquored up. In its typical smarmy, overly-verbose style, the magazine's “Man At His Best” section offers a primer on cognac, capped with the following: “The January Dilemma No. 1: Your Date, Though Curious, Doesn't Want to Sip Cognac Neat.” It goes on to suggest feeding the unsuspecting female an emetic concoction consisting of cognac and cr‚àö¬Æme de menthe. They don't give it a name, but we think “The Ipecac" suits it perfectly. The mag also inexplicably counsels readers to use perfectly good Rémy Martin Louis XIII for the mixture, which at $1,500+ per bottle is a little pricey to be dumping a bunch of mouthwash into.

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