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August 30, 2005

GQ Filler

Just got the latest issue of GQ. 436 pages of ads. Content doesn't begin -- begin! -- until page 120, with the letter from the editor. Nowhere in that letter does the editor apologize for the magazine's decision to give up on writing and go with a scruffy-hunky-model-in-strange-lighting format. And we don't just have ads -- there are folds out, pull-out, leaflets, different paper stocks, and all manner of trickery ensuring you can't simply turn pages until you find a byline. The magazine has to be deboned on the fly. And that, of course, fucks up the binding, so all pages, ads and the few not ads, begins falling off.


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I don’t know which I respect you for less-- reading GQ or complaining about GQ. I am writing this in a friendly manner, mind. But seriously, GQ? Playboy is more stimulating to the intellect, Cosmo has better articles, and Maxim has a better layout...

Posted by: Andrew Cory | Aug 30, 2005 5:15:13 PM

I'd have to echo Andrew... if you've been buying GQ for the articles, I'd start to worry. :)

Posted by: weboy | Aug 30, 2005 5:22:36 PM

I consider GQ a catalogue at this point, the articles are superfluous. It's like those furniture catalogues that people look at for ideas on interior design.

Posted by: Matt F | Aug 30, 2005 5:39:38 PM

Stop your complaining, girlymen! Have you tried to pick up the latest Vogue magazine? Carry around 2 fall issues of any women's magazine... as a bicep builder.

Posted by: CParis | Aug 30, 2005 6:07:14 PM

The magazine has to be deboned on the fly.


good, and needed, comic break.

you really do 'read' lots of stuff.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | Aug 30, 2005 6:27:14 PM

What the hell is wrong with you? Here's the question you should ask yourself: Do you wish to see pictures of naked women or do you wish to see pictures of Ambercombie and Fitch queers?

Posted by: Fred Jones | Aug 30, 2005 7:19:25 PM

Fashion is ,i>over. We have entered a period of sartorial grotesquerie the likes of which I've never seen in my worst nightmares.

men's fashion is simple: a nice suit, a Tux if you can afford one, good solid shoes, as simple a haircut as possible, same with beard and or mustache.

No tattoos.

Grubby-faced post-Hollywood starlet-boys aren't style gurus. They wouldn't know style if it bit them in the ass.

HERE'S a style guru! But I'm sure the Count wants nothing to do with GQ.

Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 30, 2005 7:20:22 PM

There have been some points over the years where GQ was
strongly worth reading for the articles. One of my favorite
issues of any magazine was a Comedy theme issue of GQ from
about 20 years ago that even included George Burns as a footwear model. A return by GQ to that theme in 1999 wasn't as good
an editorial package, but they no longer had George to work with

Posted by: Jacel | Aug 30, 2005 9:11:48 PM

I read GQ España, so I can pretend that I'm studying a foreign language while looking at photos of minimally clad/naked women. They have tons of ads, and, really, most of the articles are really ads, but nothing that bad. Plus the ads are exotic, European ads, for things like cars we don't have here in the USA.

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