Magazine March 19, 2012, Issue

Man at His Blandest

The politics of Esquire

When I was young enough that I could — and often did — count my age on my two hands, my grandfather gifted me a subscription to National Geographic. This was welcome, since I was an avid fan of the kids-as-geography-gumshoes quiz show Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? and I had every intention of growing up to be Indiana Jones. By my tweener years, when the innate Apollonian rationalism in every young man’s brain starts to exert its influence, my cultural waypoints were MacGyver and James T. Kirk, and I brought a careful, cogent, and ultimately successful case

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