Can a Great Editor Tell You How to be a Good Editor?
By Jack Limpert
Harold Hayes edited Esquire from 1964 to 1973, creating a magazine that was called “the center of the new journalism.” To those of us who went into journalism in the 1960s Hayes was the most creative and influential editor of them all. After Hayes died in 1989, Tom Wolfe told the New York Times, “Under him, Esquire was the red-hot center of magazine journalism. There was such excitement about experimenting in nonfiction. It made people want to extend themselves for Harold.”