Esquire Remembers Women Wrote for the Mag

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In honor of its never-ending 75th anniversary, Esquire recently published a list called “The 75 Books Every Man Should Read” on its Web site. Jezebel‘s Jessica Grose and the New York Observer‘s Matt Haber both noted that Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man is Hard to Find was the only book penned by a woman in the top 75.

It would seem that the magazine heard their complaints. This month’s “Page 75” feature, which looks back on Esquire‘s four score and five years of writing, is called “Women Writing” with the tagline “not every great Esquire writer was a man’s man, or a man at all. Some of our greatest work came from the brilliant women below.”

The list includes Nora Ephron, Joan Didion, Simone de Beauvior and more. Selected highlights after the jump.


“Before going further, I should define what I mean by porn in this context: It’s anything people are ashamed of getting a kick out of.” — Ephron

“I have always thought there is a secret basis of pity in the friendship of most women, and that is a crumbling rock to build on.” — Martha Gellhorn

“Las Vegas hotels all smell alike… I have never smelled it in the hotels of other cities, nor can I duplicate it. The nearest I came was once when I threw a perfume box on a fire that would not catch, but that smell went away, and the Vegas smell does not.” — Didion