The Best American Magazine Writing 2011 by The American Society of Magazine Editors

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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 Guantánamo 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.
 
Published December 6, 2011 by Columbia University Press. 600 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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New York City gets the nod in Adam Gopnik's “Times Regained,” his thoughts on Times Square, for the New Yorker, and Jed Perl's “Modern Immaturity,” a critique of the new Museum of Modern Art, for The New Republic.

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In what may be the best piece of the bunch, “The Other Side of Hate” (GQ), Andrew Corsello vividly chronicles the unlikely alliance in economically taxed Zimbabwe of Paul Neshangwe, a black preacher, and Jim Steele, a white agronomist.

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Kennedy’s harrowing “I Am Joe’s Prostate” (New Letters), a slice of real-life journalism that intimately describes the kind of invasive procedures that have been keeping men away from the doctor’s office for centuries.

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There’s witty dispatches in Paige Williams’ Bikram yoga class discussion “My Bra’s Too Tight and It’s Never Too Late” (O, The Oprah Magazine) and an outstanding three-part piece from distinguished British author Christopher Hitchens on his battle with esophageal cancer in “Topic of Cancer and Una...

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