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The Best American Magazine Writing 2009

by Best American Series

Other authors: Chris Anderson (Introduction), Tom Chiarella (Contributor), David Darlington (Contributor), Justin Davidson (Contributor), Sean Flynn (Contributor)13 more, Chris Jones (Contributor), Jamie Kitman (Contributor), Naomi Klein (Contributor), David Lipsky (Contributor), Ryan Lizza (Contributor), Sandra Tsing Loh (Contributor), Maureen McCoy (Contributor), Paul Reyes (Contributor), Selena Roberts (Contributor), Roger Rosenblatt (Contributor), Hanna Rosin (Contributor), Tracy Ross (Contributor), James Wood (Contributor)

Series: The Best American Magazine Writing (2009)

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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."… (more)
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The articles in this collection come a variety of magazines, from The New Yorker and Esquire to Sports Illustrated and Automobile. The topics are extremely wide-ranging. There’s James Woods’s review of Marilynne Robinson’s Home. There’s David Lipsky’s Rolling Stone profile of David Foster Wallace. For Esquire, Tom Chiarella writes about his short gig working in a butcher shop; and for GQ, Sean Flynn writes about the competing claims for a piece of James Brown’s estate. All of the articles were finalists or winners in the American Society of Magazine Editors’ 2009 National Magazine Awards.

I found all of the articles interesting to some degree, which confirms my belief that good magazine writing brings life to any topic. It probably helps, too, that I’m generally a curious person who likes to know at least a little bit about a lot of things.

See my complete review, with links to some of the stand-out articles, at Shelf Love ( )
  teresakayep | Apr 30, 2011 |
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Anderson, ChrisIntroductionsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chiarella, TomContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Darlington, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davidson, JustinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Flynn, SeanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, ChrisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kitman, JamieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Klein, NaomiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lipsky, DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lizza, RyanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Loh, Sandra TsingContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McCoy, MaureenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reyes, PaulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Roberts, SelenaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rosenblatt, RogerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rosin, HannaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ross, TracyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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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