The Best American Magazine Writing 2015

Sid Holt, The American Society of Magazine Editors, Evan Ratliff

Columbia University Press

The Best American Magazine Writing 2015

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Pub Date: December 2015

ISBN: 9780231169592

480 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $17.95

Pub Date: December 2015

ISBN: 9780231540711

480 Pages

Format: E-book

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The Best American Magazine Writing 2015

Sid Holt, The American Society of Magazine Editors, Evan Ratliff

Columbia University Press

This year's Best American Magazine Writing features articles on politics, culture, sports, sex, race, celebrity, and more. Selections include Ta-Nehisi Coates's intensely debated "The Case For Reparations" (The Atlantic) and Monica Lewinsky's reflections on the public-humiliation complex and how the rules of the game have (and have not) changed (Vanity Fair). Amanda Hess recounts her chilling encounter with Internet sexual harassment (Pacific Standard) and John Jeremiah Sullivan shares his investigation into one of American music's greatest mysteries (New York Times Magazine).

The anthology also presents Rebecca Traister's acerbic musings on gender politics (The New Republic) and Jerry Saltz's fearless art criticism (New York). James Verini reconstructs an eccentric love affair against the slow deterioration of Afghanistan in the twentieth century (The Atavist); Roger Angell offers affecting yet humorous reflections on life at ninety-three (The New Yorker); Tiffany Stanley recounts her poignant experience caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's (National Journal); and Jonathan Van Meter takes an entertaining look at fashion's obsession with being a social-media somebody (Vogue). Brian Phillips describes his surreal adventures in the world of Japanese ritual and culture (Grantland), and Emily Yoffe reveals the unforeseen casualties in the effort to address the college rape crisis (Slate). The collection concludes with a work of fiction by Donald Antrim, exploring the geography of loss. (The New Yorker).

Introduction, by Evan Ratliff, editor of The Atavist
Acknowledgments, by Sid Holt, chief executive, American Society of Magazine Editors
The Case for Reparations, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Women Aren't Welcome Here, by Amanda Hess
The College Rape Overcorrection, by Emily Yoffe
When Michael Dunn Compared Himself to a Rape Victim, He Was Following an Old, Racist Script and I Don't Care If You Like It and The Slenderman Stabbing Shows Girls Will Be Girls, Too, by Rebecca Traister
Shame and Survival, by Monica Lewinsky
Inside the Iron Closet: What It's Like to Be Gay in Putin's Russia, by Jeff Sharlet
Love and Ruin, by James Verini
The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie, by John Jeremiah Sullivan
The Truth About Chicago's Crime Rates, by David Bernstein and Noah Isackson
The Sea of Crises, by Brian Phillips
Zombies on the Walls: Why Does So Much New Abstraction Look the Same? and Taking in Jeff Koons, Creator and Destroyer of Worlds and Post-Macho God: Matisse's Cut-Outs Are World-Historically Gorgeous, by Jerry Saltz
Follow Me: Kate Upton Leads the Charge of Models Who've Gone Crazy for Social Media, by Jonathan Van Meter
Jackie's Goodbye, by Tiffany Stanley
This Old Man, by Roger Angell
The Emerald Light in the Air, by Donald Antrim
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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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