The Best American Magazine Writing 2011

The Best American Magazine Writing 2011

Paperback Best American Magazine Writing

Edited by The American Society of Magazine Editors

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  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 600 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 201mm x 38mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 6 December 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0231159404
  • ISBN 13: 9780231159401
  • Edition statement: 2011 ed.
  • Sales rank: 296,842

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The Best American Magazine Writing 2011 contains award-winning features, exposes, and profiles along with extraordinary commentary, fiction, and poetry from America's leading magazines. This year's selections include stories that not only covered the news but also made news, including Michael Hastings's "The Runaway General," which forced the resignation of General Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, days after being published in Rolling Stone. Readers will also find Jane Mayer's "Covert Operations" ( The New Yorker), which exposed the Koch brothers' campaign against the Barack Obama presidency, turning the duo into a powerful symbol of modern, corporatized politics. The anthology contains Scott Horton's investigation into inmate suicides at Guant namo Bay prison ( Harper's Magazine); Christopher Hitchens's wryly moving take on the politics of cancer ( Vanity Fair); Jonathan Van Meter's eye-opening portrait of Joan Rivers and her transgressive comedic genius ( New York Magazine); and Jonah Weiner's extraordinary musical biography of Kanye West, assembled from the artist's tweets and blog posts ( Slate). John Donvan and Caren Zucker describe the world's first autism case in The Atlantic; Atul Gawande shares the modern medical profession's poignant struggle with death and dying in The New Yorker; and Paul Theroux spins a thrilling tale in the Virginia Quarterly Review of a mad collector who acquires works of art only to destroy them. Read together or one at a time, these pieces exemplify the wholly immersive experience of well-crafted magazine writing.

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The American Society of Magazine Editors is the principal organization for magazine journalists in the United States. ASME sponsors the National Magazine Awards in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Sid Holt is chief executive of the American Society of Magazine Editors and the former editor in chief of Adweek Magazines. During his seven years as managing editor of Rolling Stone, the magazine was nominated for four and won one National Magazine Award for General Excellence. Jim Nelson has been editor in chief of GQ since 2003. Under his direction, the magazine has been nominated for twenty-six National Magazine Awards and won for feature writing, photography, and general excellence, the highest honor in the industry.

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As always, a fabulous collection. Booklist

Table of contents

Introduction, by Jim Nelson, editor in chief, GQAcknowledgments, by Sid Holt, chief executive, American Society of Magazine EditorsThe Man the White House Wakes Up To, by Mark LeibovichThe Runaway General, by Michael HastingsCovert Operations, by Jane MayerThe Guant namo "Suicides", by Scott HortonLetting Go, by Atul GawandeI Want My Prostate Back, by Laurence Roy StainsMy Bra's Too Tight and It's Never Too Late, by Paige WilliamsJoan Rivers Always Knew She Was Funny, by Jonathan Van MeterKanye West Has a Goblet, by Jonah WeinerWhat's Your Favorite War? and Why Is Clint Eastwood Still the Man? and Why Can't Kanye West Shut the Hell Up?, by Stephen MarcheA Boulevard Called Chagrin, by Joe PosnanskiMurder in Dubai and Peretz Agonistes, by Marc TracyTopic of Cancer and Unanswerable Prayers and Miss Manners and the Big C, by Christopher HitchensMister Lytle: An Essay, by John Jeremiah SullivanThe Physics of Speed, by William GiraldiAutism's First Child, by John Donvan and Caren ZuckerThe Suicide Catcher, by Michael PaternitiInnocence Lost and Innocence Found, by Pamela ColloffMinor Watt, by Paul TherouxLines from the Reports of the Investigative Committees, by Joel BrouwerThe End, by Ben EhrenreichFor Us Surrender Is Out of the Question, by Mac McClelland From The Shrine Down the Hall, by Dexter FilkinsWater Is Life, by Barbara KingsolverNational Magazine Awards 2011 Finalists and WinnersNational Magazine Awards for Digital Media 2011 Finalists and WinnersNational Magazine Awards 2011 JudgesASME Board of Directors, 2010-11PermissionsList of Contributors