President Obama wipes away tears as he speaks at his presidential farewell address.

Story Craft

Author Caroline Paul: “Adventures are simply stories in action”

November 1, 2016

The former firefighter (and failed luge superstar) talks about learning things the hard way -- and using that in her storytelling

Story Craft

The poetics of documentary at the Camden International Film Festival

September 22, 2016

Film editor Joe Bini talks about finding the true story in images rather than words, and two films test that theory (and throw in some poetic words, too)

Nannies have a higher standing than a nursemaid, since they have the power to impose discipline and manners on the child. But they have a lower standing than a governess, in that they undertake no … Read more

Two years ago, Nikole Hannah-Jones published “Segregation Now,” a collaboration between her then-employer Pro Publica and The Atlantic, about the desegregation and resegregation of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Hannah-Jones started her career as a local … Read more

Mary Roach doesn’t do her homework. She didn’t go to J-school. By her own admission, she’s never quite sure she knows what she’s doing. “I always have the sense that I’m skating on thin ice,” … Read more

Back in 1998, magazine writer Mike Sager was best known for his fearless profiles of drug dealers, crackheads, porn stars, and neo-Nazis. But that year Esquire handed him a very different … Read more

The last time most of us heard of the Winklevoss twins—hell, the first time we heard of them—was in David Fincher’s acerbic 2010 movie, The Social Network. You remember: Tyler and Cameron (brilliantly portrayed by … Read more

Esquire has long been fascinated by men in power—and by the frailties and anxieties that lie just beneath their polished facades. Beginning in the late eighties, contributing editor Elizabeth Kaye wrote long, intimate … Read more

Mid February marked the anniversary of Magic Johnson’s 1992 return to the NBA after having retired the previous fall, when he announced he was HIV positive. He turned in a triumphant, dramatic performance at the … Read more

C.J. Chivers, widely regarded as a superman of war coverage, covered conflicts for The New York Times and Esquire for 14 years. In “The End of War,” Mark Warren explains what made Chivers such … Read more