Chosen from the nominees and winners of the 2012 National Magazine Awards, this year's anthology covers a range of developments in culture, commerce, society, and politics, from the passing of Steve Jobs to the controversy over breast cancer research funding, from the ongoing trauma of battle-scarred soldiers to the resurgence of issues concerning women's safety and health. Always engaging and informative, The Best American Magazine Writing remains the most popular, go-to resource for innovative journalism and unique perspective.
Selections include Matthieu Aikins (The Atlantic) on the shady dealings and shifting sands of the war in Afghanistan; the late Christopher HItchens (Vanity Fair) on the physical and emotional toll of cancer, and Joel Stein (TIME) on the Kardashian phenomenon and the propensity for politicians and other popular figures to get into trouble on the internet. Wesley Yang (New York) explores the pressure on Asian-Americans to succeed and the psychological and cultural consequences when they don't, and Luke Dittrich (Esquire) shares the raw experience of those who survived one of 2011's worst natural disasters: the exceptionally severe tornados in the American Midwest. Fiction includes Karen Russell's "The Hox River Window," featured in Zoetrope: All-Story.
About the Author
The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) is the principal organization for magazine journalists in the United States. ASME sponsors the National Magazine Awards in association with Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Sid Holt is chief executive of the American Society of Magazine Editors and the former editor in chief of Adweek Magazines. During his seven years as managing editor of Rolling Stone, the magazine was nominated for four and won one National Magazine Award for General Excellence.
Terry McDonell began his career in magazines in the mid-1970s in San Francisco. He was the launch editor of Outside and Rocky Mountain magazines before joining Rolling Stone as managing editor in 1981. He was also editor in chief of Esquire from 1990 to 1993, Sports Afield from 1993 to 1996, and Men's Journal from 1996 to 1999. In 1999, he oversaw the relaunch of Us magazine as a weekly; appointed managing editor of Sports Illustrated in 2002, he became editor of the TIme Inc. Sports Group in 2005.