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Best American Magazine Writing 2008

ISBN-10: 0231147147

ISBN-13: 9780231147149

Edition: 2008

Authors: American Society of Magazine Editors, Jacob Weisberg, The American Society of Magazine Editors

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The Best American Magazine Writing 2008is an essential guide to the year's most entertaining, politically charged, and sophisticated essays and fiction, offering a rare opportunity to experience in a single volume the top work of veteran reporters, critically acclaimed writers, and up-and-coming journalists. Only in this annual anthology will you find the best of the finalists for the 2008 National Magazine Awards, which include a critique of the Bush administration, a takedown of snark culture, personal reflections on child abuse accompanied by a profile of Hollywood's biggest villain, and an expos of America's backbreaking coal mines, along with Alice Munro's ( Harper's Magazine) and David Foster Wallace's ( New Yorker) most recent short stories. Other 2008 award finalists are: Peter Hessler's tour of China's instant cities ( National Geographic); Jane Mayer's peek inside the CIA's secret interrogation program ( New Yorker); William Langewiesche's account of gangland's hold on Sao Paolo ( Vanity Fair); Paige Williams's story of one girl's escape from Burundi ( Atlanta Magazine); Steve Oney's probing investigation into the unforeseen casualties of the Iraq War ( Los Angeles Magazine); Kurt Andersen's incisive commentary on American greed ( New York Magazine); Matt Taibbi's profile of Barack Obama ( Rolling Stone); Caitlin Flannagan's feminist perspective on the abortion debate ( The Atlantic); and Tom Carson's nostalgic lament for the leading men of old Hollywood ( GQ). Fiction finalists include Daniel Mason's "Death of the Puglist" ( Harper's Magazine); Steven Millhauser's "A Report on Our Recent Troubles" ( Harper's Magazine); Antonya Nelson's "Or Else" ( New Yorker); Uzodinma Iweala's "Speak No Evil" ( Paris Review); Alistair Morgan's "Icebergs" ( Paris Review); Andrew Malan Millward's "The Burning of Lawrence" ( Zoetrope: All-Story); and Fiona McFarlane's "Those Americans Falling from the Sky" ( Zoetrope: All-Story).
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 11/19/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 568
Size: 5.43" wide x 7.99" long x 1.36" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Jacob Weisberg is chief political correspondent for Slate magazine and a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine. He lives in New York City.

Preface
The Stuff of Books
The Editor's Texts
The Scholar's Dream
The Physician's Lament
The King's Canons
The Cost of a Priceless Book Epilogue: The Boy Who Wrote S& umacr;tras on the Sky
Bnton Rinchendrup's Letter to Editors
The Contents of the Buddhist Canons
The Cost of the Canon at DegT
Notes
References
Index