A gentleman’s best – July
July 8, 2012 § 1 Comment
Welcome to A gentleman’s best, a new series for 2012 on A man must have a code.
In A gentleman’s best, I will present my favourite feature of each issue of GQ and Esquire. I’m not working for, or on behalf of, either magazine (though I would love to)–I simply enjoy reading features and explaining what works or doesn’t in each of them. The hope is that my readers will manage to share this fascination of mine, or might be compelled to read each magazine.
GQ–The Well-Hung Boy Next Door, Wells Tower
You probably know James Deen already, it’s just that you don’t know that you do. In our age, 40 percent of U.S. internet users visit an adult site every month, U.S. adult sites get 25,000 hits every second and AVN thinks that about a third of all porn viewers are women–and James Deen has sex on-camera “about 360 days a year” by his own account. That’s how I know that you probably know who James Deen is. Wells Tower spends a full week with the porn industry’s foremost Everyman star, and it is quite the journey. It turns out that it is possible to grow up wanting to become a male porn star, because that’s exactly what James Deen, born Bryan Matthew Sevilla, did. Tower takes the reader to Deen’s house, to different shoots and locations on the west coast and through it all, he offers the hypothesis that men like James Deen f*ck the planet silly so that none of us have to try to do it. (Think about it.)
Fittingly, the best feature of an issue with Kate Upton on the cover page is one about a male porn star. I swear, sometimes it looks like the GQ folks at the GQ headquarters know what they’re doing.
As for Esquire, it turns out that the Bruce Willis issue from June doubled as the July one as well. They also possibly knew that GQ had secured a Kate Upton cover page for July, and that there was no point in fighting it. I’m telling you, smart people are running these magazines.