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The Best American Magazine Writing 2015

By The American Society of Magazine Editors

About the Book

This year’s anthology of finalists and winners of the National Magazine Awards includes Ta-Nehisi Coates’s much-discussed and debated "The Case For Reparations" (The Atlantic), Amanda Hess’s explosive report on Internet sexual harassment (Pacific Standard), John Jeremiah Sullivan’s account of the intergenerational effort to solve one of American music’s greatest mysteries (New York Times Magazine), and Pamela Colloff’s haunting profile of the Texas state employee assigned to witness close to three hundred executions (Texas Monthly). The anthology also features articles chosen from Chris Offutt’s savory food writing (Oxford American), Rebecca Traister’s acerbic musings on gender politics (New Republic), and Jerry Saltz’s fearless art and architectural criticism (New York). Roger Angell offers humorous reflections on life at ninety (The New Yorker); Jody Rosen mourns the dying art of being a London taxi driver who instinctually knows his route (New York Time Magazine); Jeff Sharlet exposes Russia’s unconscionable treatment of homosexuals (GQ); and Emily Yoffe reveals the unforeseen crimes committed in the struggle to address the college rape crisis (Slate). The collection concludes with a work of fiction by Haruki Murakami, who imaginatively plays with the legend of Scheherazade (New Yorker).

About the Author

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 Rolling Stone and Adweek magazines.

Evan Ratliff is editor of the National Magazine Award-winning digital publication The Atavist. A contributing writer at Wired, he has also written for The New Yorker, Outside, and National Geographic.

Table of Contents

Introduction, by Evan Ratliff, editor of The Atavist
Acknowledgments, by Sid Holt, chief executive, American Society of Magazine Editors
The Case for Reparations, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Women Aren’t Welcome Here, by Amanda Hess
The College Rape Overcorrection, by Emily Yoffe
When Michael Dunn Compared Himself to a Rape Victim, He Was Following an Old, Racist Script and I Don’t Care If You Like It and The Slenderman Stabbing Shows Girls Will Be Girls, Too, by Rebecca Traister
Shame and Survival, by Monica Lewinsky
Inside the Iron Closet: What It’s Like to Be Gay in Putin’s Russia, by Jeff Sharlet
Love and Ruin, by James Verini
The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie, by John Jeremiah Sullivan
The Truth About Chicago’s Crime Rates, by David Bernstein and Noah Isackson
The Sea of Crises, by Brian Phillips
Zombies on the Walls: Why Does So Much New Abstraction Look the Same? and Taking in Jeff Koons, Creator and Destroyer of Worlds and Post-Macho God: Matisse’s Cut-Outs Are World-Historically Gorgeous, by Jerry Saltz
Follow Me: Kate Upton Leads the Charge of Models Who’ve Gone Crazy for Social Media, by Jonathan Van Meter
Jackie’s Goodbye, by Tiffany Stanley
This Old Man, by Roger Angell
The Emerald Light in the Air, by Donald Antrim
List of Contributors