The Best American Magazine Writing 2009

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American Society of Magazine Editors, Chris Anderson
Columbia University Press, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 448 pages
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More and more readers turn to The Best American Magazine Writing for their annual fix of the year's most captivating essays, columns, reporting, and criticism. Chosen from the winners and finalists of the 2009 National Magazine Awards, this year's selections include the haunting story by Chris Jones ( Esquire) of an American soldier's final journey home; James Wood's brilliant critique of the award-winning novelist Marianne Robinson ( The New Yorker); a compelling column by Naomi Klein ( The Nation) on the return of class consciousness in America; two biting reviews of recent books on feminism by Sandra Tsing Loh ( The Atlantic); and a moving and insightful account by David Lipsky ( Rolling Stone) of David Foster Wallace in his final days.

Also featured are a fascinating report by Ryan Lizza ( The New Yorker) on the political making of Barack Obama; an unforgettable profile by Hanna Rosin ( The Atlantic) of a transgendered child struggling to be normal in rural America; absorbing reflections by Tom Chiarella ( Esquire) on apprenticing as a butcher in an Indianapolis meat market; and an unusual look by Sean Flynn ( GQ) at the legacy of the late singer and unstoppable personality, James Brown. Chris Anderson, popular commentator and author of the best-selling book The Long Tail adds his own, not-to-be-missed introduction. "Take a break from the screen and dive in," he writes. "I think you'll emerge, many pages later, no longer worrying about the future of print."

  

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Review: The Best American Magazine Writing 2013

User Review  - Bianca - Goodreads

Like any avid reader I am the first to admit that I don't have time to read as many articles as I would like, which means that many of the best stories slip completely through my fingers. Lucky for us ... Read full review

Review: The Best American Magazine Writing 2013

User Review  - Amanda Valenti - Goodreads

I read this series each year, and this was one of the best with some fantastic articles. Highly recommend. Read full review

Contents

Papa
3
I Choose My Choice
41
The Things That Carried Him
55
Broken
107
The Lost Years and Last Days of David Foster Wallace
137
Making It
167
Disowned by the Ownership Society
215
Bleak Houses
221
A Boys Life
305
They Fought the Laws of Supply and Demand and the Laws Won
335
Making Toast
341
The Source of All Things
359
Vickies Pour House
389
2009 National Magazine Award Finalists
409
Judges 2009
421
National Magazine Award Winners 19662009
429

The Homecoming
259
Butcher
269
The Glass Stampeded
287
The Healing Season
301
ASME Board of Directors 20082009
439
Permissions
441
List of Contributors
443
Copyright

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The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) is a nonprofit professional organization for editors of print and online magazines edited, published, and distributed in the United States. Established in 1963, ASME consists of close to 900 members nationwide and, in association with the Columbia School of Journalism, sponsors the National Magazine Awards.Chris Anderson is the editor in chief of Wired Magazine and the author of Free: The Future of a Radical Price and The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More.

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