The National Magazine Awards
2012 Finalists were announced. Links inside.ESSAYS AND CRITICISM
The Loading Dock Manifesto (John Hyduk, Esquire)
Notes from one of the best writers in Cleveland on how he makes a living.
Too Much Information (John Jeremiah Sullivan, GQ)
Reading David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King
Paper Tigers (Wesley Yang, New York)
What becomes of Asian-American overachievers after the test-taking ends?
The Aquarium (Aleksandar Hemon, The New Yorker
A child's isolating illness.
Our Man in Kandahar (Matthieu Aikins, The Atlantic)
On a 33-year-old warlord’s past deeds.
What Happened To Mitrice Richardson? (Mike Kessler, Los Angeles
Searching for answers after the mysterious death of a young woman.
The Apostate (Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker)
Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology
Getting Bin Laden (Nicholas Schmidle, The New Yorker)
What happened that night in Abbottabad.
Echoes from a Distant Battlefield (Mark Bowden, Vanity Fair
The battle of Wanat, seen from three perspectives: a dead soldier, his father, and his commander.
Direct Fail (Natasha Gardner, 5280)
Colorado’s policy of sending kids to adult court.
Tiny Little Laws (Kathy Dobie, Harper's)
A plague of sexual violence in Indian country.
The Big Business of Breast Cancer (Lea Goldman, Marie Claire)
Inside a $6 billion-a-year industry.
The Invisible Army(Sarah Stillman, New Yorker
For foreign workers on U.S. bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, war can be hell.
Game of Her Life (Tim Crothers, ESPN the Magazine)
For 14-year-old chess progidy Phiona Mutesi, chess is a lifeline
The Blind Man Who Taught Himself How to See (Michael Finkel, Men's Journal)
Daniel Kish has been sightless since he was a year old. Yet he can mountain bike. How?
Dewayne Dedmon's Leap Of Faith (Chris Ballard, Sports Illustrated)
A young basketball player's choice between his mother’s faith and his own heart
Barrett Brown is Anonymous (Tim Rogers, D Magazine)
On the young man who helped overthrow the government of Tunisia from a Dallas apartment.
"Heavenly Father" (by Luke Dittrich, Esquire)
The stories of two dozen strangers who survived the Joplin, Mo., tornado by hiding in a walk-in beer cooler.
The Man Who Sailed His House (Michael Paterniti, GQ)
Two days after the Japanese tsunami, after the waves had left their destruction, as rescue workers searched the ruins, news came of an almost surreal survival: Miles out at sea, a man was found, alone, riding on nothing but the roof of his house.
You Blow My Mind, Hey Mickey (John Jeremiah Sullivan, New York Times Magazine)
A journey to Disney World with kids and weed.
A Murder Foretold (David Grann, New Yorker)
In Guatemala, unravelling the ultimate political conspiracy.
Arms and the Dudes (Guy Lawson, Rolling Stone)
How two American kids became big time weapons dealers.