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Best American Magazine Writing 2013

By The American Society of Magazine Editors

About the Book

A perennial hit, our Best American Magazine Writing chooses from the nominees and winners of the coveted National Magazine Awards. Selections belong to the categories of public interest reporting, features, criticism, commentary, and fiction. This year’s selections include Iraqi War veteran Brian Mockenhaupt (Byliner) on modern combat in Afghanistan and its ability to both forge and challenge friendships; Mac McClelland’s (GQ) on his nightmarish stint picking and packing at an online shipping warehouse; Daniel Alarcón (Harper’s Magazine) on the strange social and political dynamics of Peru’s most infamous prison; Melissadel Bosque March (Texas Observer) on the secret dealings of Mexico’s deadliest smuggling corridor; Ta-Nehisi Coates (The Atlantic) on the complex racial terrain traversed by African American politicians; and Frank Rich (New York) on the late Nora Ephron and her invaluable contribution to American culture.

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 the 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.

James Bennet has been the editor in chief of The Atlantic since 2006. Prior to joining The Atlantic, he was the Jerusalem bureau chief for the New York Times.

Table of Contents

Introduction, by James Bennet, editor in chief, The Atlantic

Acknowledgments, by Sid Holt, chief executive, American Society of Magazine Editors

Fear of a Black President, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Who in God’s Name Is Mitt Romney?, by Frank Rich

It’s Not About the Law, Stupid and The Supreme Court’s Dark Vision of Freedom and Where Is the Liberal Outrage?, by Dahlia Lithwick

The Innocent Man, by Pamela Colloff

18 Tigers, 17 Lions, 8 Bears, 3 Cougars, 2 Wolves, 1 Baboon, 1 Macaque, and 1 Man Dead in Ohio, by Chris Heath

Did You Think About the Six People You Executed?, by Robert F. Worth

A Life Worth Ending, by Michael Wolff

Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Wives, by Mimi Swartz

School of Hate, by Sabrina Rubin Erdely

Atonement, by Dexter Filkins

The Big Book, by Chris Jones

Terry Southern: The Art of Screenwriting, by Interview by Maggie Paley

Mega: Ten Days Inside the Mansion—and the Mind—of Kim Dotcom, the Most Wanted Man on the Internet, by Charles Graeber

Portrait of a Lady and Social Animal and We’re All Helmut Newton Now, by Daphne Merkin

Over the Wall, by Roger Angell

Batman and Robin Have an Altercation, by Stephen King

The Living and the Dead, by Brian Mockenhaupt

State of the Species, by Charles C. Mann


List of Contributors