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The Best American Magazine Writing 2017

de Sid Holt (Editor)

Outros autores: Shane Bauer (Contribuinte), Pamela Colloff (Contribuinte), Jeffrey Goldberg (Contribuinte), Nikole Hannah-Jones (Contribuinte), Mac McClelland (Contribuinte)11 mais, Siddhartha Mukherjee (Contribuinte), David Quammen (Contribuinte), Zandria F. Robinson (Contribuinte), Becca Rothfeld (Contribuinte), George Saunders (Contribuinte), Gabriel Sherman (Contribuinte), Rebecca Solnit (Contribuinte), Sarah Stillman (Contribuinte), Andrew Sullivan (Contribuinte), Matt Taibbi (Contribuinte), Nicholas Thompson (Introdução)

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With the work of reporters under fire worldwide, this year's anthology of National Magazine Award finalists and winners is a timely reminder of the power of journalism. The pieces included here explore the fault lines in American society. Shane Bauer's visceral "My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard" (Mother Jones) and Sarah Stillman's depiction of the havoc wreaked on young people's lives when they are put on sex-offender registries (The New Yorker) examine controversial criminal-justice practices. And responses to the shocks of the recent election include Matt Taibbi's irreverent dispatches from the campaign trail (Rolling Stone), George Saunders's transfixing account of Trump's rallies (The New Yorker), and Andrew Sullivan's fears for the future of democracy (New York). In other considerations of the political scene, Jeffrey Goldberg talks through Obama's foreign-policy legacy with the former president (The Atlantic), and Gabriel Sherman analyzes how Roger Ailes's fall sheds light on conservative media (New York). Linking personal stories to the course of history, Nikole Hannah-Jones looks for a school for her daughter in a rapidly changing, racially divided Brooklyn (New York Times Magazine), and Pamela Colloff explores how the 1966 University of Texas Tower mass shooting changed the course of one survivor's life (Texas Monthly). A selection of Rebecca Solnit's Harper's commentary ranges from a writer on death row to the isolation at the heart of conservatism. Becca Rothfeld ponders women waiting on love from the Odyssey to Tinder (Hedgehog Review). Siddhartha Mukherjee depicts the art and agony of oncology (New York Times Magazine). David Quammen ventures to Yellowstone to consider the future of wild places (National Geographic), and Mac McClelland follows a deranged expedition to Cuba in search of the ivory-billed woodpecker (Audubon). The collection concludes with Zandria Robinson's eloquent portrait of her father as reflected in the music he loved (Oxford American).… (mais)
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The Best American series is one of my favorite series to read, but I do not usually read the magazine writing collection. I found many of the stories to be too long to hold my attention and uneven in quality. The one that I found the most interesting was the story about the University of Texas campus shooting, and I lived in Austin, TX for many years and graduated from the University of Texas. ( )
  kerryp | Nov 30, 2017 |
"The Best American Magazine Writing 2017" is, just as it says, a collection of great magazine articles written in 2017. Duh! Now, how to write a review based on a wide-ranging selection of stories.....
I found some of the articles to be fascinating. Jeffrey Goldbergs "The Obama Doctrine", written for the Atlantic, was one. It really brings the sometimes confusing style and thinking of President Obama into focus. A thorough examination, it's not one based on the 30 second sound bites we received from the national news. Rather, it appears to get through the hype and really explain Obama's reasoning. I only wish Obama himself could have explained himself better, to a wider audience, in language they could understand. Then, maybe, people would appreciate him more.
Another great article was by Matt Taibbi, of Rolling Stone. "President Trump, Seriously and "Appetite for Destruction" and the Fury and Failure of Donald Trump. A serious examination of how we (America) got to where we are today. The failure of the two party system. I'm going to quote some of the article, but it really helps to get the gist of it. "Lie No. 1 is that there are only two political ideas in the world, Republican and Democrat. Lie No. 2 is that the parties are violent ideological opposites, and that during campaign season we can only speak about the areas where they differ (abortion, guns, etc) an never the areas where there's typically consensus.....Lie No. 3 is that all problems are the fault of one party or the other, and never both. Assuming you watch the right channels, everything is always someone else's fault." How true!
My favorite article was written for Mother Jones, by Shane Bauer. It was called "My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard". Bauer spent four months working for a private, for-profit prison. I, myself, worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons for 21 years. It was interesting to see the growth of Bauer as he worked as a correctional officer. I experienced many of the same emotions and questions, found myself at similar crossroads, and thought many times whether or not I was crazy for choosing this career. The author has a way of putting into words many disparate thoughts and ideas that he had. While his stint was for a pay-to-play company, and I think a much less "honorable" organization, he learned some valuable lessons about himself. There is one line in the article that really, really shows me that the author "got it". When he realized what an inmate told him was true, and could make his life in prison a lot easier...."Just know at the end of the day, how y'all conduct y'all selves determines how we conduct ourselves. You come wit' a shit attitude, we go' have a shit attitude". That ladies and gentlemen, is the one thing you need to learn is you want a career in corrections. Spot on!
There are many other articles in the book, some great, some good, some not-so-good. It all depends on your own perspectives. But there is something for everyone in here! ( )
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With the work of reporters under fire worldwide, this year's anthology of National Magazine Award finalists and winners is a timely reminder of the power of journalism. The pieces included here explore the fault lines in American society. Shane Bauer's visceral "My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard" (Mother Jones) and Sarah Stillman's depiction of the havoc wreaked on young people's lives when they are put on sex-offender registries (The New Yorker) examine controversial criminal-justice practices. And responses to the shocks of the recent election include Matt Taibbi's irreverent dispatches from the campaign trail (Rolling Stone), George Saunders's transfixing account of Trump's rallies (The New Yorker), and Andrew Sullivan's fears for the future of democracy (New York). In other considerations of the political scene, Jeffrey Goldberg talks through Obama's foreign-policy legacy with the former president (The Atlantic), and Gabriel Sherman analyzes how Roger Ailes's fall sheds light on conservative media (New York). Linking personal stories to the course of history, Nikole Hannah-Jones looks for a school for her daughter in a rapidly changing, racially divided Brooklyn (New York Times Magazine), and Pamela Colloff explores how the 1966 University of Texas Tower mass shooting changed the course of one survivor's life (Texas Monthly). A selection of Rebecca Solnit's Harper's commentary ranges from a writer on death row to the isolation at the heart of conservatism. Becca Rothfeld ponders women waiting on love from the Odyssey to Tinder (Hedgehog Review). Siddhartha Mukherjee depicts the art and agony of oncology (New York Times Magazine). David Quammen ventures to Yellowstone to consider the future of wild places (National Geographic), and Mac McClelland follows a deranged expedition to Cuba in search of the ivory-billed woodpecker (Audubon). The collection concludes with Zandria Robinson's eloquent portrait of her father as reflected in the music he loved (Oxford American).

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