Synopses & Reviews
The Best American Magazine Writing 2010 proves that print journalism is as vital as ever, offering information, amusement, connection, and perspective to those who love to lose themselves in a good read. This year's selections, chosen from National Magazine Awards finalists and winners, include David Grann's article from the New Yorker on the execution of a possibly innocent man; Sheri Fink's report from the New York Times Magazine on the alleged euthanization of patients during Hurricane Katrina; and Fareed Zakaria's compelling take from Newsweek on Iran's weakening regime.
The Best American Magazine Writing 2010 also includes absorbing profiles, arresting interviews, personal essays, and entrancing fiction. Esquire's Mike Sager recounts a promising quarterback's shocking descent into drugs; Vanity Fair's Bryan Burrough shares the confessions of the year's other major Ponzi schemer, and, from McSweeney's Quarterly, Wells Tower weaves a transporting tale of elemental desire. GQ's Tom Carson offers his critique of America's current vampire craze; Mitch Albom rediscovers Detroit's indomitable spirit in Sports Illustrated; and Garrison Keillor sings an ode to the homegrown joys of state fairs in National Geographic. Additional contributors include Atul Gawande, Megan McArdle, and many others commenting on a range of issues, from health care and the national debt to war movies and the controversy over circumcision. Altogether the writing collected here proves the rich pleasures waiting in the best magazines.
Written by some of the most acclaimed writers in America, this collection of National Magazine Award-winning articles celebrates excellence in magazine journalism.
In the magazine world, no recognition is more highly coveted or prestigious than a National Magazine Award. Annually, members of the American Society of Magazine Editors in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism select the year's most dynamic, original, provocative, and influential magazine stories. The winning and finalist pieces in this anthology represent outstanding work by some of the most eminent writers in America as well as rising literary and journalistic talents.
This collection celebrates excellence in several genres: investigative reporting, features, profiles, criticism, and essays. The stories cover a variety of subjects from Seymour Hersh's investigation into abuse at Abu Ghraib prison and Samantha Power's account of the genocide in Darfur to Ned Zeman's remarkable portrait of Timothy Treadwell, the man who lived with grizzlies, and David Kamp's piece on the extraordinary collaboration between Rick Rubin and Johnny Cash. Other pieces include Chris Jones on life at the International Space Station, James McManus on stem-cell research, Adam Gopnik on Times Square, Jed Perl on the redesign of the Museum of Modern Art, David Quammen on disputes about evolution, and James Wolcott on the blogosphere.
Wide-ranging in their style and subjects, these pieces inform, surprise, entertain, and provide new perspectives on our world. They also reflect elements that distinguish the best in magazine writing: moral passion, investigative zeal, vivid characters and settings, persistent reporting, and artful writing.
This compilation of award-winning articles by some of the most acclaimed writers in America celebrates excellence in a variety of genres: investigative reporting, features, profiles, and criticism, and essay-writing. Wide-ranging in style and in their subject matter, these pieces inform, surprise, entertain, and provide new perspectives on our world.