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'Smiling Through the Apocalypse' takes on an Esquire legend
'Smiling Through the Apocalypse' takes on an Esquire legend

The writerly pyrotechnics of the New Journalism had a major forum at Esquire, and Harold Hayes, the magazine's editor from 1963 to 1973, was the man igniting the fireworks. He shepherded rising talents who included Nora Ephron, Tom Wolfe, Gay Talese, Peter Bogdanovich and Gore Vidal, all of whom provide vivid recollections of those charmed years in "Smiling Through the Apocalypse: Esquire in the 60s," a documentary portrait by Tom Hayes, Harold's son. Fascinating anecdotes unfold, illuminating the spontaneity and daring that went into producing the groundbreaking periodical, from its sometimes-incendiary covers to its deep-dive explorations of the zeitgeist. Hayes not...

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