Vital Signs

The World's Best Bad Magazines

It would be easier for me to empty my mind of my own phone number than of Esquire's description of a German-designed faucet: "an aquatic Varga." Such is the nature of these magazines—upscale publications for style-obsessed men—that they make indelible what in any other context would be utterly forgettable. This is not a compliment.

Janet Scott Barlow

Janet Scott Barlow is the author of The Nonpatriotic President: A Survey of the Clinton Years.

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