Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Esquire writing - Junod on Obama, Jones on Renner & pieces on the stock market & OLED TVs

The August 2012 issue of Esquire had some excellent content... with one feature in the brilliant writing category and then three additional pieces that stood out as interesting.

The brilliant writing category piece was "The Lethal Presidency of Barack Obama" by Tom Junod and it's, well... brilliant. I can't say that I'm in any way outraged by the drone killing strategy, but it is a fascinating and important topic that Junod lays out for the reader exceptionally well and with an interesting approach.

The pieces that didn't necessarily reach the same level of prose (which isn't disparaging at all), but still covered some interesting topics were by Chris Jones, Ken Kurson and Peter Martin. Jones did a celebrity profile of Jeremy Renner and "Each Time Slightly Bigger, Slightly Braver" provided a different than expected view of the action star as a home flipper extraordinaire.

Two short and just plain interesting (yet again, that word) pieces from this issue were "But, Soft! What Light Through Yonder Window Breaks?" with Kurson's expectation of a post-election stock market rise come November (regardless of who wins) and "The TV That Lets You See Everything" by Martin on the OLED follow-up to High Definition TVs.

Esquire an excellent magazine and lots of good stuff in this recent issue.