Vital Signs August 1989 The World's Best Bad Magazines By Janet Scott Barlow 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. To read the full article, please sign in or create a free account to view Chronicles content for 30 days. Janet Scott Barlow Janet Scott Barlow is the author of The Nonpatriotic President: A Survey of the Clinton Years.