Big congratulations to Joshua Cohen and Deb Chasman, the joint managing editors of Boston Review, for having the magazine win the 2010 Utne Independent Press Award for “best writing.”
In announcing the award, the Utne folks wrote,
- Crack open Boston Review’s generously sized newsprint pages and plunge into a world where poems sit alongside political essays, where fiction coexists with cultural criticism, and where—this is key—every element in the intellectual fiesta is thought-provoking and expertly crafted. When the 35-year-old bimonthly added more investigative reporting to its repertoire last year, we nearly swooned. Let mainstream publications give in to the perceived demand for bite-sized news; Boston Review provides the exquisite main course.
This is fabulous news.
Great writing can only be achieved with great editing. These two and the staff they lead are the best!
(Just regarding “main course” versus “bite-size”, I’ll note that the second piece I published with them, back in 2002 or so, was 14,000 words long. You don’t find that in Newsweek!)