Russell Brand covers Esquire's July's issue

This month, Russell Brand covers Esquire's July issue, and the former drug-addicted shock jock (now a clean-living, yoga-practicing vegetarian spiritualist) talks to Sanjiv Bhattacharya about his career, his divorce, and what happens when you achieve everything you've ever dreamed of.

You can see a behind-the-scenes video of Russell's shoot here; to say his career has been interesting is something of an understatement.

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Elsewhere, Chris Jones writes on Hugh Hefner and the extraordinary fantasy-cum-reality of the Playboy Mansion, while Michael Holden writes in praise of the humble hangover.

Mad Men's Alison Brie (who you'll also recognise from Community) graces July's pages, and we supply a pretty strong argument for why an aperitif should kick-start every meal (except, perhaps, breakfast).