The Best American Magazine Writing 2011

Edited by Sid Holt for the American Society of Magazine Editors. Introduction by Jim Nelson

Columbia University Press

The Best American Magazine Writing 2011

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Pub Date: December 2011

ISBN: 9780231159401

600 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $16.95£15.00

The Best American Magazine Writing 2011

Edited by Sid Holt for the American Society of Magazine Editors. Introduction by Jim Nelson

Columbia University Press

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.

As always, a fabulous collection.

Booklist
Introduction, by Jim Nelson, editor in chief, GQ
Acknowledgments, by Sid Holt, chief executive, American Society of Magazine Editors
The Man the White House Wakes Up To, by Mark Leibovich
The Runaway General, by Michael Hastings
Covert Operations, by Jane Mayer
The Guantánamo "Suicides", by Scott Horton
Letting Go, by Atul Gawande
I Want My Prostate Back, by Laurence Roy Stains
My Bra's Too Tight and It's Never Too Late, by Paige Williams
Joan Rivers Always Knew She Was Funny, by Jonathan Van Meter
Kanye West Has a Goblet, by Jonah Weiner
What's Your Favorite War? and Why Is Clint Eastwood Still the Man? and Why Can't Kanye West Shut the Hell Up?, by Stephen Marche
A Boulevard Called Chagrin, by Joe Posnanski
Murder in Dubai and Peretz Agonistes, by Marc Tracy
Topic of Cancer and Unanswerable Prayers and Miss Manners and the Big C, by Christopher Hitchens
Mister Lytle: An Essay, by John Jeremiah Sullivan
The Physics of Speed, by William Giraldi
Autism's First Child, by John Donvan and Caren Zucker
The Suicide Catcher, by Michael Paterniti
Innocence Lost and Innocence Found, by Pamela Colloff
Minor Watt, by Paul Theroux
Lines from the Reports of the Investigative Committees, by Joel Brouwer
The End, by Ben Ehrenreich
For Us Surrender Is Out of the Question, by Mac McClelland
From The Shrine Down the Hall, by Dexter Filkins
Water Is Life, by Barbara Kingsolver
National Magazine Awards 2011 Finalists and Winners
National Magazine Awards for Digital Media 2011 Finalists and Winners
National Magazine Awards 2011 Judges
ASME Board of Directors, 2010–11
Permissions
List of Contributors

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 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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