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Esquire is a magazine for men currently owned by the Hearst Corporation. The magazine was founded in 1933 and became famous for contributions by literary writers, such as Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. In the 1940s, it increased in popularity, partly because of the famous Vargas Girls. In the 1960s, Esquire published writers such as John Sack, Tom Wolfe, Norman Mailer, Tim O'Brien, and Gay Talese, taking part in the so-called new journalism trend.
Esquire flourished during the depression under the guidance of founder and editor Arnold Gingrich. The magazine began as a racy oversized publication for men, but transformed into magazine that was both avant-garde and refined. Gingrich cultivated writers and recruited some of the best fledgling writers of the era by contacting them and asking “I’ve got Hemingway. Would you like to…?”
For many years, Esquire has published its annual Dubious Achievement Awards, which recall unusual events of the preceding year. They are written in reverse order compared to most humor; the punchline comes first in the headline, and the copy below provides the setup by explaining the actual event. This format has been much-imitated by other publications. As a running gag, the annual article almost always includes an old photo of Richard Nixon laughing with the caption, "Why is this man laughing?" However, the February 2006 "Dubious Achievement Awards" used the caption under a photo of W. Mark Felt, the former FBI official revealed in 2005 to be Bob Woodward's and Carl Bernstein's "Deep Throat" Watergate source.DE-Delaware Media Companies Publishing Companies Male Subject