The Inside Story of John F. Kennedy Jr.'s George Magazine

Culture January 15, 2022 News
The Inside Story of John F. Kennedy Jr.'s George Magazine

From Pocket | Esquire by Kate Storey

In the ’90s, John F. Kennedy Jr. founded and edited a revolutionary magazine called George, which covered politics like it was pop culture. Was it folly—or a glimpse of the Trumpian future?

An irreverent play on politics and pop culture with a dash of Kennedy intrigue, the Barrymore/Monroe cover accurately sums up George, the magazine Kennedy launched in September 1995. His concept, in today’s terms at least, seems relatively straightforward: “a lifestyle magazine with politics at its core.” Back then, however, George was revolutionary; there had never been anything quite like it. Nor had there ever been a magazine editor quite like John F. Kennedy Jr., a lawyer by training.

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