“Someone once said I would have found something loveable about Hitler. And to that I say, well, Eva Braun must have loved him, right?” —Mike Sager
National Magazine Award winner Mike Sager (2011, “The Man Who Never Was,” Esquire) profiled an ugly dude in Hollywood for the latest issue of Esquire. That sounds kind of mean until you read the piece, which turns out kind of beautiful. The level of intimacy he gets to with such a character is just astounding. It’s a must-read for journalists both accomplished and aspiring. Probably a must-read-thrice, just to appreciate how much Sager learned about this guy.
“Ugly” by Mike Sager – Esquire, May 2012
As you’ll see below, it took a heck of an effort, but in true Sager form, the man pulls it off remarkably. It’s not a pretty story or a feel-good story, but it’s a true story, and more and more these days I’ve come to appreciate the simple power of truth in a world gone mad with spin.
So without further rambles, ladies, gentlemen, and others, I give you Mike Sager.