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Why do we do it? Nobody needs to get married, not anymore, and nobody needs to stay married. Yet at some point in our lives, two thirds of all American men will commit ourselves to one woman (or, increasingly, to one man), for better or worse, even though we realize that if a couple nice kids like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver can't make it work, what chance do the rest of us have? And yet we do it anyway, and the question must be asked: Why do we get married?
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Because you love her. Because you like her. Because she wants to. Because kids sound nice. Because she doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Because you don't want her to go anywhere. Mostly, though, it's because you love her, and that's as good a reason as any. And because of that - and in case Arnold and Maria still might be able to work this all out - we asked Jim Fannin, who has worked with athletes (A-Rod, Olympic gold medalists) and CEOs on improving mental
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It's true: Famous people need to eat, too. And once again, Wolfgang Puck was there to feed them at Sunday night's Governors Ball following the Oscars (this time with King's Speech-appropriate Dover sole). The superstar chef also took over Esquire's food Twitter for the occasion and managed to check in throughout the night. Below is a roundup of how things went.Read More »from How Wolfgang Puck Cooked for the Oscars
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In the kitchen, checking 1,600 Dover sole filets. Just got them in Friday, and they look pretty great.
Prepping some beautiful baby radishes for a trio of salads at tonight's Governors Ball.
Making paella pans for each guest. They're vegetarian - so Natalie Portman can enjoy, too.
Our servers take in the poolside view before the ceremony begins. Only in Hollywood.
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Going down the red carpet with a preview of what the attendees will be eating
It's been a tough year. But many great things happened that you may not remember - big and small and sometimes even inspiring. A few reasons to celebrate.Read More »from 16 Things We Loved in 2010
Plus: 86 More Reasons to Celebrate This Year
1. After months of impasse, the United States and Russia agreed to cut their deployed nuclear warheads by 30 percent to levels not seen in fifty years..
2. As of September 23, young adults under age twenty-six are eligible for health-care benefits under their parents' plan...
3. Texting HAITI to 90999 added ten dollars to donors' cell-phone bills and within seventy-two hours after the earthquake raised more than $8 million for American Red Cross relief efforts, a record amount for mobile, instant giving. By early March, the Red Cross had raised more than $32 million by text...
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4. After seven years, Operation Iraqi Freedom ended...
5. The World Health Organization declared that the global swine-flu pandemic is officially over...
6. In May, after being
Since at least the (first) Great Depression, it's been a given: you go shopping the day after Thanksgiving, you get a good deal - it's Black Friday. But until recently, the same couldn't necessarily be said of the first weekday afterward. And when, in 2002 and 2003, companies began reporting to the National Retail Federation an upsurge in online sales that last Monday in November, its vice president, Ellen Davis, thought the bump had to be some sort of fluke. "But then it became something we couldn't control," she says.
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And so, in the summer of 2005, in the nondescript offices of a nondescript trade organization: a name. Blue Monday? Not enough cheer. Green Monday? Too hippie. Black Monday? Too confusing. "Cyber Monday," then, would be a simple new holiday, a necessary one, to meet the demands of a WiFi-enabled gifting populace - but also something complex, less marketing myth than evolutionary consumerism, more Wikipedia thanRead More »from The Secret History of Cyber Monday
Unlike other holidays, Thanksgiving is really all about the food. More than that, the food is steeped in tradition - hundreds of years of it, in fact - but whose? The thing about Thanksgiving is: Not everyone does it the same. So we asked some of the some of the best chefs around what they think of Thanksgiving: what they love about it, what they hate about it, the personal practices they've turned into annual traditions. Don't forget to tell us about favorite tradition in the comments.Read More »from Top Chefs on How to Do Thanksgiving Right
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1. Marshmallows on the sweet-potato casserole?
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2. Homemade cranberry sauce: Worth it, or never as good as the canned stuff?
A few words:
"Hate to say it, but the balance of sweet and tart, as well as the texture that comes from cranberry sauce in the can, is something that can't be replicated. Also, there's something to be said for the way it comes out of the can with the lines on the side. I
They're famous, yes. And good-looking, mostly. Not to get all fashion-police or anything, but these unfortunately dressed men taught us all a little bit about the occasionally important upgrade. Who makes your list?
There was a time when America considered John Mayer a promising, handsome young man. Hell, he even worked for us. This is not that time. As he has devolved into something of a whiny philanderer, so, too, have the shape of his shirts (either too bag or, as at left, too tight), the sag of his pants, and the flop of his hair. Maybe it's a social experiment to see how long he can keep romancing women even as he lets himself go. Our guess is not much longer.The Suggestion: No matter how many tattoos you get, preppy basics will continue to look good on you - better, even. Don't fight it. The Takeaway: No break at the hem? That's modern and clean - a good pant fit. Pants above the ankle? Not even appropriate for the flood plains.
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Absinthe may not be as bad for you as you once thought, but as a new study points out, the biggest threats are sometimes the least exciting ones - like that wine right in front of you. British researchers recently found that alcohol is ultimately more harmful to individuals and society than heroin, crack, crystal meth, and other substances. But while we can accept that booze has caused its share of problems, we thought it was worth investigating a few more toxic ways to imbibe. You know, the kind that will kill you today, not twenty years from now. Like these:
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1. Heroin Cough Syrup
Back in the day, "heroin" was a word coined by Bayer Pharmaceutical and nasal decongestants did much, much more than suppress your coughs. Thought to be a miracle cure when it came on the market at the turn of the twentieth century, opiates were sold as a common treatment for asthma, pneumonia, and dysentery. They worked, as it turned out, but high rates of
You can thank Patricia Bays Haroski for this Friday's national "holiday," known as Bosses Day, National Boss Day, or, as we realistic people prefer to call it, Every Day: Forty-two years ago, the personal assistant forgot to get her boss at State Farm a birthday present, and so now we all celebrate her boss's birthday. But why get a present when you could start telling him or her how good he or she looks today, without being a suck-up? After all, compliments are cheaper than gifts and they never run out. Try these tips:
1. Pick a detail.
No compliment smacks of insincerity more than a general one. Saying "great shoes" in the office rarely comes off as genuine. Instead: "I love the color of your shoes - it really compliments what you're wearing." That's what's known as double flattery, with your boss's taste and his coordination both affirmed. Plus, you've demonstrated your own attention to detail, and they still put thatRead More »from 7 Ways to Please Your Boss on Bosses Day
- Esquire.com | Love + Sex – Mon, Oct 11, 2010 7:57 PM EDT
What makes a woman truly sexy? The criteria are up for debate, but what we do know is that Minka Kelly stands out. She's Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive of 2010.Read More »from Minka Kelly Is Named the Sexiest Woman Alive: So, What Is "Sexy"?
So what makes Minka so sexy? Yes, the former Friday Night Lights star is gorgeous, but it's the way she does things. Things all of us do, like growing up, tackling a career, and getting older. It seems that the way a woman plays her cards - rather than simply which cards she's been dealt - is what truly makes her sexy. (Check out last year's Sexiest Woman Alive.)
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What Is Sexy: Staying Positive
Growing up, Minka didn't have much. She was raised by a single mom and they moved a lot. They had very little money. Resourcefulness and love got them through some rough years.
"My mom lived a fast life," she says now. "It was all about what we could do to have fun with nothing. She - for most of my life, she was a dancer. An exotic dancer. She was a stripper. Um, so she
Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli knew each other growing up in Queens, New York, reunited years later, and now run the Frankies Spuntino restaurant empire. They just wrote a cookbook, The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual (Artisan, $25), which is part recipe collection and part wisdom trove. We asked them for the most useful food advice ever. See their tips below:
1. Never Use a Cheap Olive Oil
In cooking, you have proteins, carbs, and fats, and your fat should be the best quality you can get. Our food is sometimes only three or four ingredients - but if three ingredients are playing in a band and one guy isn't playing so good, it doesn't sound right. Any time you put quality olive oil on something, it's sparkle sparkle sparkle.
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2. Own These Three Items:
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