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The Best American Magazine Writing 2008 - Compiled by the American Society of Magazine Editors


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Contents Introduction Jacob Weisberg, editor-in-chief, Slate Acknowledgments Cindi Leive, editor-in-chief, Glamour and Immediate Past President of ASME1. Everybody Sucks Vanessa Grigoriadis New York Finalist-Feature Writing2. China's Instant Cities Peter Hessler National Geographic Winner-Reporting3. Present at the Creation Matthew Scully The Atlantic Finalist-Profile Writing4. The Black Sites Jane Mayer The New Yorker Finalist-Reporting5. Specialist Town Takes His Case to Washington Joshua Kors The Nation Winner-Public Interest6. City of Fear William Langewiesche Vanity Fair Finalist-Reporting7. "You Have Thousands of Angels Around You" Paige Williams Atlanta Winner-Feature Writing8. Obama's Moment Matt Taibbi Rolling Stone Winner-Columns and Commentary9. Out in the Cold Mike Kessler 5280: Denver's Mile-High Magazine Finalist-Public Interest10. Brouhahaha Hendrik Hertzberg The New Yorker Finalist-Columns and Commentary11. Pat Dollard's War on Hollywood Evan Wright Vanity Fair Winner-Profile Writing12. The Autumn of the Multitaskers Walter Kirn The Atlantic Finalist-Essays13. Betrayed George Packer The New Yorker Finalist-Public Interest14. Babes in the Woods Caitlin Flanagan The Atlantic Winner-Reviews and Criticism15. Underworld Jeanne Marie Laskas GQ Finalist-Feature Writing16. I Am Joe's Prostate Thomas E. Kennedy New Letters Winner-Essays17. American Roulette Kurt Andersen New York Finalist-Columns and Commentary18. Casualties of War Steve Oney Los Angeles Finalist-Profile Writing19. So Many Men's Rooms, So Little Time Christopher Hitchens Slate Finalist-Columns and Commentary20. Don't Cry For Me, Iwo Jima Tom Carson GQ Finalist-Reviews and Criticism2008 National Magazine Award Finalists Judges, 2008 National Magazine Award Winners, 1966-2008 ASME Board of Directors, 2007-2008 Permissions List of Contributors

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The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) is a nonprofit professional organization for editors of print and online magazines edited, published, and distributed in the United States. Established in 1963, ASME currently has around 900 members nationwide and, in association with the Columbia School of Journalism, sponsors the National Magazine Awards. Jacob Weisberg is editor in chief of the Slate Group. He has written for the New Republic, Newsweek, New York magazine, and Vanity Fair, and is the author of several books, including, most recently, The Bush Tragedy.


"If this anthology were a magazine, everybody would want to subscribe. " -- Publishers Weekly "Another exemplary collection of the finest magazine writing in the United States... A brilliant compilation." -- Kirkus "Diverse, brainy, and provocative." -- The Sacramento Bee "As always, this collection offers readers the opportunity to catch up on the best magazine writing they may have missed." -- Booklist "This volume stands with the best... the compulsive readability of a good novel, but the immediacy and moral power of good journalism." -- Irish Times

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