Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Commando in the classroom

Posted By on Tue, Feb 16, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Esquire senior writer (and recent UM visiting professor) Chris Jones wrote two things in the latest issue of the magazine: one's getting a lot of deserved attention, the other we'd like to forget about as soon as possible.

First, the deserved attention: Jones profiles film critic Roger Ebert, he of the thumbs and "At the Movies" fame. Ebert now has no jaw (cancer) and can only communicate through sticky notes and his computer. He still writes regularly and reviews films for the Chicago Sun-Times, but, aside from his byline, he's mostly out of the public eye. The profile is incredibly moving, detailing Ebert's current life in painstaking detail, as well as his putting his significant influence as a writer and critic into perspective. It's also being picked up by other news outlets.


Elsewhere in the issue, though, Jones writes about something entirely different: underwear, or his lack thereof. For a feature story about doing without the essential things in life (Google, sex, drinking, etc.), Jones writes (graphically) about not wearing boxers, briefs — anything — for a month at the behest of his editor. That means Jones presumably spent four weeks of his Missoula stay going commando. And being cold.

Esquire hasn't posted the essentials story online yet, but when it does, we'll be sure to update. In the meantime, we highly recommend the Ebert story.

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