On eve of big magazine award party, ‘New York’ takes home trophy for Sandy cover

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Tomorrow night, all the big-shots of the magazine world will get together at the New York Marriott Marquis to consume alcohol and compete for elephant statues.

To kick everyone's egos into gear on the eve of the Ellies, officially known as the National Magazine Awards, the American Society of Magazine editors today unveiled the winners of its 2013 Best Cover Contest.

Cover of the Year went to New York magazine (a perennial favorite of the Ellies judges) for its famous Nov. 12, 2013 issue featuring a stunning aerial photo of Lower Manhattan post-Sandy.

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"Shot on the Wednesday evening after Hurricane Sandy hit, Iwan Baan’s photograph of Manhattan, half aglow and half dark, captured the larger story of a powerful city rendered powerless," states an ASME news release. "A true viral phenomenon, the image became an instant icon of the event—magazine cover that many New Yorkers have saved for posterity. In fact, a poster version was offered for sale by the Museum of Modern Art."

You can view a gallery of all this year's cover winners below:

In other news...

What's up with Howard Kurtz and Daily Download? [The Huffington Post]

Politico parent Allbritton is considering a sale of its TV channels. [The Huffington Post]

Will the "Bag Men" sue the New York Post? [WaPo/Erik Wemple]

The Daily News' newest gossip reporter is an Aussie who shares the first name of Rupert Murdoch's eldest son. [The New York Observer]

Time Inc. layoffs are nigh. [AllThingsD]

Time Warner revenue is flat. [The New York Times]

Overall this earnings season, major media companies beat estimates. [Reuters]

Nick Denton wants his money for Fleshbot. [New York Post]

The maturation of Jayson Blair. [EllicottCityPatch]

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Newspapers need to stop lying to themselves — and to advertisers — about their circulation.

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Following up on one of the links above, here's Howie Kurtz's latest Daily Download video:

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The Atlantic has a new e-book imprint:

The Atlantic today launched "The Atlantic Books," a new long-form digital imprint for the magazine's expanding ebook initiatives. The debut title, Denial by Jonathan Rauch, is available today. Rauch's memoir is by turns harrowing and funny, a grippingly intimate trek through a maze of self-torment that ends with his unexpected discovery, at the age of 25, that he is gay.

The Atlantic Books is the first of several paid product initiatives The Atlantic will unveil this year. Details about the next product will be announced in coming weeks.

"The launch of The Atlantic Books reflects our commitment to innovation in publishing in the service of great journalism and storytelling," said M. Scott Havens, president of The Atlantic. "I can't think of a better inaugural book for our new imprint than Denial, a work that, I'm hopeful, will have an impact far beyond this digital medium."

"Over the two decades that Jonathan has been writing for The Atlantic, he's produced revelatory articles on everything from politics to foreign policy to, in our current issue, end-of-life care. But this book is his most powerful work," added James Bennet, editor in chief of The Atlantic. "We are honored to make it the debut title of The Atlantic Books."

Rauch, a contributing editor at The Atlantic, writes with searing honesty about a journey begun as a young boy when he realizes he will never marry. At the time this seems merely a simple, if odd, fact, but as his attraction to boys grows stronger, he is pulled into a vortex of denial. For 25 years, he lives in an inverted world, where love is hate, attraction is envy, and childhood never ends. He comes to think of himself as a kind of monster—until one day, seemingly miraculously, the world turns itself upright and the possibility of love floods in.

Rauch first drafted this book, years ago, strictly for himself, to make a personal record of his "life without a soul." After hesitating for years to publish it, he was inspired to do so partly by the redemptive power of his own marriage, to a man—the marriage he thought he could never have.

The author of five books (including Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America) and the winner of the National Magazine Award, Rauch has been writing for The Atlantic since 1989.

Denial: My Twenty-Five Years Without a Soul is available today exclusively on Kindle Singles and soon via Nook, iBooks, and Kobo for $1.99. For more information, please visit www.theatlantic.com/denial.

The publication marks the inaugural release from The Atlantic Books, a new imprint that will extend The Atlantic's tradition of important journalism and powerful storytelling to a new digital format accessible on tablet and mobile devices. Spearheaded by Atlantic senior editor Geoffrey Gagnon, the ebooks will include both original long-form pieces between 10,000 and 30,000 words, and curated archival collections that span the magazine's 155-year history and feature some of the best-loved voices in American letters.