Best American Magazine Writing 2002

Best American Magazine Writing 2002

by American Society of Magazine Editors, Society Of American
     
 

A treasury of great magazine pieces drawn from the winners of and finalists for the prestigious National Magazine Awards

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. This is the magazine equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize.

Overview

A treasury of great magazine pieces drawn from the winners of and finalists for the prestigious National Magazine Awards

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. This is the magazine equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. Nominees and winners are chosen by hundreds of editors, educators, and art directors from more than a thousand submissions. These selections are among the very best of those.

The Best American Magazine Writing anthology puts between the covers of a single book some of the most outstanding writing by some of the most eminent writers in this country.

"My Father's Brain"
Jonathan Franzen, The New Yorker

"The Crash of EgyptAir 990"
William Langewiesche, The Atlantic Monthly

"Inside the Battle at Qala-i-Jangi"
Alex Perry, Time Magazine

"Dr. Daedalus"
Lauren Slater, Harper's Magazine

"Salt Chic"
Jeffrey Steingarten, Vogue

"Playing God on No Sleep"
Anna Quindlen, Newsweek

"Sullivan's Travels"
Michael Wolff, New York Magazine

"Moving"
Anne Fadiman, The American Scholar

And much more! Brilliant and illuminating, this book is for anyone who appreciates magazine writing and journalism at their highest level.

The American Society of Magazine Editors is the professional organization for editors of consumer magazines that are edited, published, and sold in the United States. It sponsors the National Magazine Awards in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The "Ellie" awards-the magazine equivalent of newspaper reporting's Pulitzers-are granted annually by the American Society of Magazine Editors to celebrate excellence in a variety of genres of magazine writing: reporting, features, profiles, commentary, criticism and fiction. Thus this third annual volume, which reprints some 19 finalist or winning entries, covers a remarkable range of topics and modes of treatment. Tom Junod's "Gone," about three Americans kidnapped in the Ecuadorian jungle, is a nail-biting cliffhanger and suggests miniseries possibilities, while Anne Fadiman's account of moving from the city to the country seems endlessly re-readable, embodying the essay form at its timeless best. Some of the pieces, like Mark Levine's "Killing Libby," an account of asbestos contamination, suggest future book-length treatment, while others, such as Jonathan Franzen's "My Father's Brain," have already been incorporated into other works (i.e., The Corrections). The most topical entries-e.g., William Langewiesche's depiction of the 1999 crash of EgyptAir Flight 990, Alex Perry's account of fighting in Afghanistan, Amy Wallace's profile of Variety editor Peter Bart, and Ken Auletta's study of Ted Turner-seem dated, while some more obscure entries-e.g., Lauren Slater's profile of a plastic surgeon, Steve Rushin's analysis of German drag racing, and Caitlin Flanagan's "Confessions of a Prep School College Counselor"-remain fresh and piquant. E.L. Doctorow's story about a murderous widow, the only fiction entry here, is a gem. While the Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker and Esquire are predictably well represented, even constant readers of these magazines will appreciate having some of their best pieces in a more lasting format. Agent, David McCormick. (On sale Oct. 15) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060515720
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/15/2002
Series:
Best American Magazine Writing Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.15(d)

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