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Best American Magazine Writing 2006

by American Society of Magazine Editors Columbia University Press
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In the magazine world, no recognition is more highly coveted or prestigious than a National Magazine Award. Annually, members of the American Society of Magazine Editors, in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, select the year's most dynamic, original, provocative, and influential magazine stories. The winning and finalist pieces in this anthology represent outstanding work by some of the most eminent writers in America as well as rising literary and journalistic talents.

This collection celebrates excellence in investigative reporting, features, profiles, criticism, and essays. The stories cover a variety of subjects from Elizabeth Kolbert's investigation into global warming and James Bamford’s look at the PR Campaign behind the Iraq War to Chris Heath’s remarkable profile of Merle Haggard and Bill Hewey’s hilarious account of teaching his daughter to fish. Other writers include James Fallows, David Foster Wallace, Marjorie Williams, Hendrik Hertzberg, Joyce Carol Oates, Sven Birkerts, James Wolcott, Erik Reece, and Priscilla Long.

Wide-ranging in their style and subjects, these writers' stories inform, surprise, entertain, and provide new perspectives on our world. They also reflect elements that distinguish the best in magazine writing: moral passion, investigative zeal, vivid characters and settings, persistent reporting, and artful writing.

Introduction, by Graydon Carter
1. Genome Tome, by Priscilla Long, The American Scholar
2. The Man Who Sold the War, by James Bamford, Rolling Stone
3. Host, by David Foster Wallace, The Atlantic Monthly
4. The Recruit, by Jesse Katz, Los Angeles Magazine
5. A Matter of Life and Death, by Marjorie Williams, Vanity Fair
6. Mired, by Hendrik Hertzberg, New Yorker
7. Humboldt's Gift, by Sven Birkerts, The Virginia Quarterly Review
8. Death of a Mountain, by Erik Reece, Harper's
9. The Last Outlaw, by Chris Heath, GQ
10. Love and Death in the Cape Fear Serpentarium, by Wendy Brenner, The Oxford American
11. Girl Meets Bluegill, by Bill Heavey, Field and Stream
12. The Climate of Man—I, by Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker
13. Upon This Rock, by John Jeremiah Sullivan, GQ
14. Caution: Women Seething, by James Wolcott, Vanity Fair
15. A World Unto Himself, by Wyatt Mason, Harper's
16. Smother, by Joyce Carol Oates, The Virginia Quarterly Review
List of Contributors
2006 National Magazine Award Finalists
National Magazine Award Winners, 1966–2006
ASME Board of Directors, 2005–2006
ASME Mission Statement

The Best American Magazine Writing 2006 contains some stunning essays, picturesque profiles, and one heartbreaking account of personal illness.
Graydon Carter is an author and the editor in chief of Vanity Fair.The American Society of Magazine Editors is a nonprofit professional organization for editors of magazines that are edited, published, and sold in the United States. It sponsors the National Magazine Awards in association with the Columbia School of Journalism.