The Best American Magazine Writing 2007
This year's selection includes William Langewiesche's probing investigation in Vanity Fair of the slaughter of twenty-four Iraqis in Haditha; C. J. Chivers's chilling account in Esquire of the 2004 hostage crisis in Beslan, which killed 331 people, 186 of them children; Susan Casey's revelation in Best Life of a virtually unknown, Texas-sized garbage dump resting at the bo...more
First, some background. Every year, a group of the nation's top magazine editors issues awards for the best articles of the year in various categories (profiles, public interest, reporting, features, commentary, etc.). As a magazine journalist, I can tell you this is a BIG deal in the industry. This book, and its compani ...more
My favorite articles are “The School” (by C.J. Chivers), “Prairie Fire” (by Eric Konigsberg), “Russell and Mary” (by Michael Donohue), “Inside Scientology” (by Janet Reitman), and “The Loved Ones” (by Tom Junod).
I didn’t much like the fiction piece (“The Strange Career of Doctor Raju Gopalarajan” by Rajesh Parameswaran). I will admit that at first I thought this pie ...more
I am biased toward essay writing in general. I admire an author who can make an impact in a few thousand words. The writing about things gone wrong-- Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, the school hostage crisis in Belsan-- had more impact than the "portrait" writing, for me, but every essay was well-written. Pick it up, if only while in th ...more