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The Kempt Guide to the November Issues

If you haven’t checked your mailbox recently, we’ve got some good news. Another round of glossy style advice has arrived on the nation’s collective doorstep, and In fact, this month’s haul was particularly interesting because of Esquire’s latest Big Black Book—a glossy tome filled with all the intricacies of style too involved for the general subscriber base. That means dark rum, exotic leathers and all manner of Italian suiting.

Of course, it’s not all good advice—so we’re stepping in to tell you what to read, what to try and what to avoid at all costs.

Here’s everything you need to know from this month’s glossy magazines...»

Doetzen Kroes Is Overdressed for the Beach

Top Ten: Ten solid items to carry you into fall, courtesy of Esky’s Nick Sullivan. [Esquire]

Fare Thee Well: A wildly subjective ranking of R.E.M.’s best albums, in honor of their recent departure. Good work, gentlemen. [Vulture]

The Great Unknown: It may be impossible for us to ever truly know how tall Jake Gyllenhaal is. Our task is to live with the uncertainty. [GOOD]

In the Drink: If you’re in the market for a pair of swim trunks, this is a pretty good time to pick them up. [Well Spent]