The Best American Magazine Writing 2014

Sid Holt, The American Society of Magazine Editors, Mark Jannot

Columbia University Press

The Best American Magazine Writing 2014

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Pub Date: December 2014

ISBN: 9780231169578

528 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $17.95

Pub Date: December 2014

ISBN: 9780231539517

528 Pages

Format: E-book

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The Best American Magazine Writing 2014

Sid Holt, The American Society of Magazine Editors, Mark Jannot

Columbia University Press

Our annual anthology of finalists and winners of the National Magazine Awards 2014 includes Max Chafkin's oral history of Apple from Fast Company, Joshua Davis's intimate portrait of tech pioneer John McAfee's personal and public breakdown from Wired; Kyle Dickman's haunting investigation into the preventable death of nineteen firemen battling an Arizona wildfire; and Ariel Levy's emotional account of extreme travel to a remote land—while pregnant—from The New Yorker.

Other essays include Wright Thompson's bittersweet profile of Michael Jordan's fifty-something second act (ESPN the Magazine); Jean M. Twenge's revealing look at fertility myths and baby politics (The Atlantic); Janet Reitman's controversial study of the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (Rolling Stone); Luke Mogelson's harrowing experience accompanying asylum seekers on a potentially deadly sea voyage to Australia (New York Times Magazine); Lisa Miller's poignant report from Newtown, Connecticut, as the town tries to cope with the aftermath of one of the nation's worst mass shootings (New York); Emily Nussbaum's critiques of gender and politics on television (The New Yorker); and Witold Rybczynski's poetic engagement with modern architecture (Architect). The collection concludes with the award-winning poem "Elegies" by Kathleen Ossip (Poetry) and "The Embassy of Cambodia," a short story by Zadie Smith (The New Yorker).

Introduction, by Mark Jannot, vice president, content, National Audubon Society, president, American Society of Magazine Editors
Acknowledgments, by Sid Holt, chief executive, American Society of Magazine Editors
The Second Biggest Star in a Remote Little Burg Somewhere in Germany, by Tom Junod
Apple Breaks the Mold: An Oral History, by Max Chafkin
The Dream Boat, by Luke Mogelson
Orders of Grief, by Lisa Miller
Jahar's World, by Janet Reitman
Thanksgiving in Mongolia, by Ariel Levy
Shark Week and Difficult Women and Private Practice, by Emily Nussbaum
Overexposed and Radical Revival and Behind the Façade, by Witold Rybczynski
Sliver of Sky, by Barry Lopez
Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us, by Steven Brill
How Long Can You Wait to Have a Baby?, by Jean M. Twenge
Michael Jordan Has Not Left the Building, by Wright Thompson
Bret, Unbroken, by Steve Friedman
Dangerous, by Joshua Davis
The Sinking of the Bounty, by Matthew Shaer
Nineteen: The Yarnell Hill Fire, by Kyle Dickman
Elegies, by Kathleen Ossip
The Embassy of Cambodia, by Zadie Smith
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About the Author

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 a former editor at Rolling Stone and Adweek magazines.

Roger Hodge is the national editor of The Intercept. He is the author of The Mendacity of Hope: Presidential Power, Corporate Money, and the Politics of Corrupt Influence (HarperCollins). Formerly he was editor of the Oxford American and Harper's Magazine. Hodge's writings have appeared in many publications, including Texas Monthly, the London Review of Books, Popular Science, Men's Journal, and Harper's. He is writing a book about life in the West Texas borderlands (Knopf).

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