More and more readers turn to The Best American Magazine Writing for their annual fix of the year's most captivating essays, columns, reporting, and criticism. Chosen from the winners and finalists of the 2009 National Magazine Awards, this year's selections include the haunting story by Chris Jones ( Esquire) of an American soldier's final journey home; James Wood's brilliant critique of the award-winning novelist Marianne Robinson ( The New Yorker); a compelling column by Naomi Klein ( The Nation) on the return of class consciousness in America; two biting reviews of recent books on feminism by Sandra Tsing Loh ( The Atlantic); and a moving and insightful account by David Lipsky ( Rolling Stone) of David Foster Wallace in his final days.
Also featured are a fascinating report by Ryan Lizza ( The New Yorker) on the political making of Barack Obama; an unforgettable profile by Hanna Rosin ( The Atlantic) of a transgendered child struggling to be normal in rural America; absorbing reflections by Tom Chiarella ( Esquire) on apprenticing as a butcher in an Indianapolis meat market; and an unusual look by Sean Flynn ( GQ) at the legacy of the late singer and unstoppable personality, James Brown. Chris Anderson, popular commentator and author of the best-selling book The Long Tail adds his own, not-to-be-missed introduction. "Take a break from the screen and dive in," he writes. "I think you'll emerge, many pages later, no longer worrying about the future of print."
A celebration of the venerable magazine and the kind of writing you can only find in magazines.
Every piece in this collection is masterful. They are all beautifully written, deeply emotional and evocative.
Introduction, by Chris AndersonAcknowledgments, by David Willey1. Papa, by Sean Flynn2. I Choose My Choice!, by Sandra Tsing Loh3. The Things That Carried Him, by Chris Jones4. Broken, by David Darlington5. The Lost Years and Last Days of David Foster Wallace, by David Lipsky6. Making It, by Ryan Lizza7. Disowned by the Ownership Society, by Naomi Klein8. Bleak Houses, by Paul Reyes9. The Homecoming, by James Wood10. Butcher, by Tom Chiarella11. The Glass Stampede, by Justin Davidson12. The Healing Season, by Selena Roberts13. A Boy's Life, by Hanna Rosin14. They Fought the Laws (of Supply and Demand), by and the Laws Won15. Making Toast, by Roger Rosenblatt16. The Source of All Things, by Tracy Ross17. Vickie's Pour House: A Soldier's Peace, by Maureen McCoy2009 National Magazine Awards FinalistsJudges, by 2009 National Magazine Award Winners, by 1966-2009ASME Board of Directors, by 2009-2010PermissionsList of Contributors