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The Best American Magazine Writing 2011 by…

The Best American Magazine Writing 2011

by Best American Series, Sid Holt (Editor)

Other authors: Joel Brouwer (Contributor), Pamela Colloff (Contributor), John Donvan (Contributor), Ben Ehrenrich (Contributor), Dexter Filkins (Contributor)21 more, Atul Gawande (Contributor), William Giraldi (Contributor), Michael Hastings (Contributor), Christopher Hitchens (Contributor), Scott Horton (Contributor), Barbara Kingsolver (Contributor), Mark Leibovich (Contributor), Stephen Marche (Contributor), Jane Mayer (Contributor), Mac McClelland (Contributor), Jim Nelson (Introduction), Michael Paterniti (Contributor), Joe Posnanski (Contributor), Laurence Roy Stains (Contributor), John Jeremiah Sullivan (Contributor), Paul Theroux (Contributor), Marc Tracy (Contributor), Jonathan Van Meter (Contributor), Jonah Weiner (Contributor), Paige Williams (Contributor), Caren Zucker (Contributor)

Series: The Best American Magazine Writing (2011)

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Some truly excellent writing: my particular favorites included Mark Leibovich's profile of Mike Allen, Michael Paterniti's "The Suicide Catcher," and Pamela Colloff's two pieces on a man imprisoned in Texas for years for a crime he didn't commit. Paul Theroux's story "Minor Watt" is creepy-good, too.

What I liked about this book was the great range of topics and writing styles; it was fun to just dip into this volume when I needed a breather from whatever else I was reading at the time and know that I'd find something interesting. ( )
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Holt, SidEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Brouwer, JoelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Colloff, PamelaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Donvan, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ehrenrich, BenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Filkins, DexterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gawande, AtulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Giraldi, WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hastings, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hitchens, ChristopherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Horton, ScottContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Leibovich, MarkContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Marche, StephenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mayer, JaneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Nelson, JimIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Posnanski, JoeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stains, Laurence RoyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sullivan, John JeremiahContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Theroux, PaulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tracy, MarcContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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 Guant√°namo 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.

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