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[M]any editors profess to hate lists, features that are, at their worst, unoriginal and gushy. (A heavy-breathing essay in this year's Time 100 described George Clooney as "a family heirloom" whose serious bearing makes him "almost worth killing for.")

"Magazines do too many lists," said David Granger, the editor of Esquire, whose new Esquire 100 makes its debut in the October issue.

His is not a ranking of international power players, or Hollywood ing nues, or, as in the Time 100, people who shape our world. Mr. Granger calls it "the anti-list," a mix of thematic essays and items that the editors predict will make news in the coming years.

Which would make last month's Best-Dressed List what, the pro-list?

If a Magazine's List Doubles in Size, Is That Inflation? [NYT]
The Best Dressed Men In The World 2006 [Esquire]