The Best American Magazine Writing 2007

The Best American Magazine Writing 2007

Paperback Best American Magazine Writing

Edited by The American Society of Magazine Editors

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  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 520 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 184mm x 32mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0231143915
  • ISBN 13: 9780231143912
  • Edition: Revised
  • Edition statement: Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 630,339

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This year's selection includes William Langewiesche's probing investigation in Vanity Fair of the slaughter of twenty-four Iraqis in Haditha; C. J. Chivers's chilling account in Esquire of the 2004 hostage crisis in Beslan, which killed 331 people, 186 of them children; Susan Casey's revelation in Best Life of a virtually unknown, Texas-sized garbage dump resting at the bottom of the Pacific ocean; and Andrew Corsello's harrowing portrait in GQ of Robert Mugabe's mad rule and two men-a white farmer and a fiery black priest-who strive for forgiveness instead of hate. The collection also includes Vanessa Grigoriadis's hilarious portrait of fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld in New York Magazine; Christopher Hitchens's profile of survivors of Agent Orange in Vanity Fair; Sandra Tsing Loh's coverage of the stay-at-home-mommy debate in the Atlantic Monthly; Paul Theroux's thoughts on the dangers of anthropomorphism and our misconceptions about birds in the Smithsonian; Janet Reitman's unraveling of the mysteries of Scientology in Rolling Stone; and the work of nine other exceptional writers.

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The American Society of Magazine Editors is a nonprofit professional organization for editors of print magazines that are edited, published, and sold in the United States, as well as editors of online magazines. It sponsors the National Magazine Awards in association with the Columbia School of Journalism.

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If this anthology were a magazine, everybody would want to subscribe. Publishers Weekly As always, this collection offers readers the opportunity to catch up on the best magazine writing they may have missed. Booklist Diverse, brainy, and provocative. The Sacramento Bee Another exemplary collection of the finest magazine writing in the United States... A brilliant compilation. Kirkus Reviews October 2007 This volume stands with the best... the compulsive readability of a good novel, but the immediacy and moral power of good journalism. -- Colin Murphy Irish Times 1/26/08 Balanced, comprehensive, thought-provoking, involving, and well-crafted... Highly recommended. Library Journal January 2008

Table of contents

Acknowledgments, by Cynthia Leive, editor-in-chief, Glamour, president, American Society of Magazine EditorsIntroduction, by Marlene Kahan, executive director, American Society of Magazine Editors1. Karl Lagerfeld: Boy Prince of Fashion, by Vanessa Grigoriadis2. Rules of Engagement, by William Langewiesche3. Our Oceans Are Turning Into Plastic... Are We?, by Susan Casey4. The School, by C. J. Chivers5. He Knew He Was Right , by Ian Parker6. Murdering the Impossible, by Caroline Alexander7. The Other Side of Hate, by Andrew Corsello8. Blinded by Science: When First We Clicked, by Bruno Maddox9. Prairie Fire, by Eric Konigsberg10. Russell and Mary, by Michael Donohue11. Inside Scientology, by Janet Reitman12. The Loved Ones, by Tom Junod13. Living with Geese, by Paul Theroux14. Rhymes with Rich, by Sandra Tsing Loh15. The Vietnam Syndrome, by Christopher Hitchens16. The Tracks of My Tears, by Stuart Klawans17. The Storm of Style, by Alex Ross18. The Strange Career of Doctor Raju Gopalarajan, by Rajesh Parameswaran2007 National Magazine Award FinalistsNational Magazine Award Winners, 1966-2007ASME Board of Directors, 2006-2007ASME Mission StatementPermissionsList of Contributors