Synopses & Reviews
In the world of magazines, no recognition is more highly coveted than an "Ellie," the National Magazine Award presented by the American Society of Magazine Editors to the best of the American magazines. The Awards are the magazine equivalents to the Pulitzer Prizes of the newspaper industry. Each year, hundreds of editors-in-chief, journalism professors, and art directors winnow more than a thousand submissions to about seventy-five nominees in categories such as Reporting, Feature Writing, Profiles, Public Interest, Essays, Reviews and Criticism. Interest in the nominees is keen, and this collection will allow people both in the magazine world and beyond to find in one place, read, and admire the year's best. It is a wonderful, browsable volume of interest to writers and readers who appreciate magazine writing and journalism at its highest level.
From "Rolling Stone" to "Harper's," the nation's top magazines are perused each month by the The American Society of Magazine Editors. The experts' top picks are then collected in this mammoth compendium of masterpieces.
A discerning collection of great magazine pieces drawn from the winners of and nominees for the prestigious National Magazine Awards
About the Author
The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) is the professional organization for senior editors of consumer magazines and business publications which are edited, published, and sold in the United States. It sponsors the National Magazine Awards which are administered by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Harold M. Evans is a journalist, book publisher and magazine editor. He was the editor of the London Times, founding editor of Condé Nast Traveler and president of the Random House Adult Trade division. He is the author of The American Century.
Table of Contents
xiiiIntroduction by Harold Evans
2The Endless Hunt by Gretel Ehrlich
24The Maria Problem by Anthony Lane
36Skating Home Backward by Bill Vaughn
50In the Jungle by Rian Malan
84My Favorite Teacher by Robert Kurson
106The Weasel, Ten Monkeys and the Shrub by David Foster Wallace
154The Perfect Fire by Sean Flynn
202The Pitchman by Malcolm Gladwell
228Mail by Anne Fadiman
242The Million-Dollar Nose by William Langewiesche
294The Ghost by Elizabeth Gilbert
320Fair Warning by Robert Olen Butler
350Big Money & Politics: How the Little Guy Gets Crunched by Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele
378Soaked by Congress by Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele
400Throwing the Game by Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele
414Paris on the Hudson by Jonathan Gold
420Stupor Mundi by Lewis H. Lapham
431The Glory of J.F. Powers by Donna Tartt
446Forever Young by James Wolcott