The Best American Magazine Writing 2016

Paperback | November 29, 2016

EditorSid Holt, The American Society of Magazine EditorsIntroduction byRoger Hodge

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This year's Best American Magazine Writing features outstanding writing on contentious issues including incarceration, policing, sexual assault, labor, technology, and environmental catastrophe. Selections include Paul Ford's ambitious "What Is Code?" (Bloomberg Businessweek), an innovative explanation of how programming works, and "The Really Big One," by Kathryn Schulz (The New Yorker), which exposes just how unprepared the Pacific Northwest is for a major earthquake. Joining them are Meaghan Winter's exposé of crisis pregnancy centers (Cosmopolitan) and a chilling story of police prejudice that allowed a serial rapist to run free (the Marshall Project in partnership with ProPublica). Also included is Shane Smith's interview with Barack Obama about mass incarceration (Vice).

Other selections demonstrate a range of long-form styles and topics across print and digital publications. The imprisoned hacker and activist Barrett Brown pens hilarious dispatches from behind bars, including a scathing review of Jonathan Franzen's fiction (The Intercept). "The New American Slavery" (Buzzfeed) documents the pervasive exploitation of guest workers, and Luke Mogelson explores the purgatorial fate of an undocumented man sent back to Honduras (New York Times Magazine). Joshua Hammer harrowingly portrays Sierra Leone's worst Ebola ward as even the staff succumb to the disease (Matter). And in "The Friend," Matthew Teague's wife is afflicted with cancer, his friend moves in, and the result is a devastating narrative of relationships and death (Esquire). The collection concludes with Jenny Zhang's "How It Feels," an unconventional meditation on the intersection of teenage cruelty and art (Poetry).

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This year's Best American Magazine Writing features outstanding writing on contentious issues including incarceration, policing, sexual assault, labor, technology, and environmental catastrophe. Selections include Paul Ford's ambitious "What Is Code?" (Bloomberg Businessweek), an innovative explanation of how programming works, and "T...

The American Society of Magazine Editors is the principal organization for magazine journalists in the United States. ASME sponsors the National Magazine Awards in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.Sid Holt is chief executive of the American Society of Magazine Editors and a former editor at Rollin...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.68 inPublished:November 29, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction, by Roger Hodge, national editor, The InterceptAcknowledgments, by Sid Holt, chief executive, American Society of Magazine EditorsFixing the System: An Interview with President Obama on Prison Reform, by Shane Smith, Vice, Finalist-Single-Topic IssueWhat Is Code? If You Don't Know, You Need to Read This, by Paul Ford, Bloomberg Businessweek, Winner-Single-Topic IssueThe New American Slavery and "All You Americans Are Fired", by Jessica Garrison, Ken Bensinger, and Jeremy Singer-Vine, BuzzFeed News, Winner-Public Interest"Pregnant? Scared? Need Options? Too Bad", by Meaghan Winter, Cosmopolitan, Finalist-Public Interest"My Nurses Are Dead, and I Don't Know If I'm Already Infected", by Joshua Hammer, Matter, Winner-ReportingPurgatory, by Luke Mogelson, New York Times Magazine, Finalist-ReportingThe Really Big One, by Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, Winner-Feature WritingAn Unbelievable Story of Rape, by Ken Armstrong and T. Christian Miller, The Marshall Project and ProPublica, Finalist-Feature WritingA Visit to the Sweat Lodge and Santa Muerte, Full of Grace and Stop Sending me Jonathan Franzen Novels, by Barrett Brown, The Intercept, Winner-Columns and CommentaryDown for the Count and The King Has Spoken and The Power of Sight, by Howard Bryant, ESPN the Magazine, Finalist-Columns and CommentaryThe Friend, by Matthew Teague, Esquire, Winner-Essays and CriticismHow It Feels, by Jenny Zhang, Poetry, Finalist-Essays and CriticismPermissionsList of Contributors