The Best American Magazine Writing 2006

The Best American Magazine Writing 2006

Paperback Best American Magazine Writing

Edited by The American Society of Magazine Editors, Introduction by Graydon Carter

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  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 201mm x 30mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0231139934
  • ISBN 13: 9780231139939
  • Edition statement: 2006 ed.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 943,892

Product description

In the magazine world, no recognition is more highly coveted or prestigious than a National Magazine Award. Annually, members of the American Society of Magazine Editors, in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, select the year's most dynamic, original, provocative, and influential magazine stories. The winning and finalist pieces in this anthology represent outstanding work by some of the most eminent writers in America as well as rising literary and journalistic talents. This prestigious collection includes stories that cover a variety of subjects from Elizabeth Kolbert's investigation into global warming in the New Yorker and James Bamford's look at the PR campaign behind the Iraq War in Rolling Stone to Chris Heath's remarkable profile of Merle Haggard in GQ and Bill Heavey's hilarious account of teaching his daughter to fish in Field and Stream. Other writers include David Foster Wallace (The Atlantic Monthly), Joyce Carol Oates (The Virginia Quarterly Review), Priscilla Long (The American Scholar), Jesse Katz (Los Angeles Magazine), Marjorie Williams (Vanity Fair), Hendrik Hertzberg (New Yorker), Sven Birkerts (The Virginia Quarterly Review), Erik Reece (Harper's), Wendy Brenner (The Oxford American), John Jeremiah Sullivan (GQ), James Wolcott (Vanity Fair), and Wyatt Mason (Harper's). Wide-ranging in their style and subjects, these writers' stories inform, surprise, entertain, and provide new perspectives on our world. They also reflect elements that distinguish the best in magazine writing: moral passion, investigative zeal, vivid characters and settings, persistent reporting, and artful writing.

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Author information

Graydon Carter is an author and the editor in chief of Vanity Fair.The American Society of Magazine Editors is a nonprofit professional organization for editors of magazines that are edited, published, and sold in the United States. It sponsors the National Magazine Awards in association with the Columbia School of Journalism.

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The best works of the year, cherry-picked and suitably delicious. Kirkus As always, this collection offers readers the opportunity to catch up on the best magazine writing they may have missed. Booklist If this anthology were a magazine, everybody would want to subscribe. Publishers Weekly You can finally ditch that magazine pile by the bed... The collection is diverse, brainy, and provocative. -- Rachel Leibrock The Sacramento Bee These articles manage to sing...In this volume the sum is as great as its parts. Educational Book Review The Best American Magazine Writing 2006 contains some stunning essays, picturesque profiles, and one heartbreaking account of personal illness. -- Ben Eltham Media International Australia

Table of contents

Introduction, by Graydon Carter1. Genome Tome, by Priscilla Long, The American Scholar2. The Man Who Sold the War, by James Bamford, Rolling Stone3. Host, by David Foster Wallace, The Atlantic Monthly4. The Recruit, by Jesse Katz, Los Angeles Magazine5. A Matter of Life and Death, by Marjorie Williams, Vanity Fair6. Mired, by Hendrik Hertzberg, New Yorker7. Humboldt's Gift, by Sven Birkerts, The Virginia Quarterly Review8. Death of a Mountain, by Erik Reece, Harper's9. The Last Outlaw, by Chris Heath, GQ10. Love and Death in the Cape Fear Serpentarium, by Wendy Brenner, The Oxford American11. Girl Meets Bluegill, by Bill Heavey, Field and Stream12. The Climate of Man--I, by Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker13. Upon This Rock, by John Jeremiah Sullivan, GQ14. Caution: Women Seething, by James Wolcott, Vanity Fair15. A World Unto Himself, by Wyatt Mason, Harper's16. Smother, by Joyce Carol Oates, The Virginia Quarterly ReviewList of Contributors2006 National Magazine Award FinalistsNational Magazine Award Winners, 1966-2006ASME Board of Directors, 2005-2006ASME Mission Statement