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As usual with such collections, a decent selection of fascinating and varied pieces from across the spectrum. Also as usual, I enjoyed some more than others. There seemed to be a reasonably high ratio of essays and articles about Afghanistan and Iraq, which surprised me a bit but perhaps shouldn't have done. On the whole, though, entirely worth dipping into for some excellent recent writing.
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JBD1 | Aug 4, 2013 |
Some truly excellent writing: my particular favorites included Mark Leibovich's profile of Mike Allen, Michael Paterniti's "The Suicide Catcher," and Pamela Colloff's two pieces on a man imprisoned in Texas for years for a crime he didn't commit. Paul Theroux's story "Minor Watt" is creepy-good, too.

What I liked about this book was the great range of topics and writing styles; it was fun to just dip into this volume when I needed a breather from whatever else I was reading at the time and know that I'd find something interesting.… (lisätietoja)
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JBD1 | Sep 8, 2012 |
A rather erratic collection - essays, short stories, and occasionally a piece that fell somewhere in between. I enjoyed a few of the pieces, but didn't think there were any really outstanding or compelling ones - many were pieces that I think could have used more polish for diction and flow. I think you'd be better off obtaining another collection.
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freddlerabbit | Apr 2, 2012 |
The articles in this collection come a variety of magazines, from The New Yorker and Esquire to Sports Illustrated and Automobile. The topics are extremely wide-ranging. There’s James Woods’s review of Marilynne Robinson’s Home. There’s David Lipsky’s Rolling Stone profile of David Foster Wallace. For Esquire, Tom Chiarella writes about his short gig working in a butcher shop; and for GQ, Sean Flynn writes about the competing claims for a piece of James Brown’s estate. All of the articles were finalists or winners in the American Society of Magazine Editors’ 2009 National Magazine Awards.

I found all of the articles interesting to some degree, which confirms my belief that good magazine writing brings life to any topic. It probably helps, too, that I’m generally a curious person who likes to know at least a little bit about a lot of things.

See my complete review, with links to some of the stand-out articles, at Shelf Love
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