2012 National Magazine Award Nominees: Essays and Criticism

Stories by John Jeremiah Sullivan, Aleksandar Hemon, Nathan Heller and more.
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Every year since 1966, the American Society of Magazine Editors honor the best nonfiction and fiction magazine stories published during the year. Often referred to as the Oscars of magazines, the National Magazine Awards spotlight great writing (and editing), and great writers. Here are the 2012 nominees in the Essays and Criticism category.

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The Loading Dock Manifesto

Notes from one of the best writers in Cleveland on how he makes a living.

Apr 2011
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Too Much Information

When the generation-defining writer David Foster Wallace took his own life in 2008, he left behind an unfinished novel, The Pale King, that will either serve to round out his transcendent body of writing or place a haunting question mark at the end of his career. John Jeremiah Sullivan holes up with the new book and considers the legacy.

May 2011

Paper Tigers

What happens to all the Asian-American overachievers when the test-taking ends?

May 2011
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The Aquarium

A child’s isolating illness.

Jun 2011
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The Stutterer

How he makes his voice heard.
Feb 2011