Next Wave

America’s New Generation of Great Literary Journalists

by Walt Harrington and Mike Sager

Edited by Walt Harrington and Mike Sager

 “Some mighty great journalism here. I just wish I had assigned more of it.”  —Graydon Carter, Editor, Vanity Fair

“And literary journalism was supposed to be dying? This collection is proof positive that ambitious, inspired non-fiction storytelling has life in it yet.”   —Adam Moss, Editor, New York

Next Wave collects the work of today’s finest young writers—nineteen creative reporters whose work builds upon foundations laid by previous generations. Although naysayers predicted the decline of quality long-form journalism with the rise of the Internet, Next Wave is evidence that the genre is thriving—aided by the very medium that was initially portrayed as the executioner.

Featured Writers: Pamela Colloff, Luke Dittrich, Todd C. Frankel, Vanessa Grigoriadis, Justin Heckert, Wil S. Hylton, Chris Jones, Michael Kruse, Thomas Lake, Dan P. Lee, Ariel Levy, Brian Mockenhaupt, Maximillian Potter, Tony Rehagen, Robert Sanchez, Eli Saslow, Wright Thompson, Seth Wickersham, Jason Zengerle.

 Next Wave is fascinating and beautiful reading for enthusiasts and students of vibrant, you-are-there, literary non-fiction. Each chapter includes a photo, a bio, a personal essay, and an outstanding magazine or newspaper story from a different up-and-coming writer. Compiled by two award-winning literary journalists/educators from the last generation, Next Wave is a celebration of today’s greatest writing and a roadmap for aspiring practitioners of tomorrow, a joyful reminder that literary journalism alive and well, and that artful craftsmanship will never go out of fashion.

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“The kinds of gems that make us stop what we are doing for the sake of a good read.”   —Chad Millman, Editor-in-Chief, ESPN The Magazine

“Next Wave is a blueprint for the generation that will follow these writers.”  —David Granger, Editor-in-Chief, Esquire

Mike Sager

Mike Sager is a bestselling author and award-winning reporter. He’s been called “the Beat poet of American journalism.” For more than forty years, he has worked as a writer primarily for the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, GQ, and Esquire.  Sager has written a dozen books; a number of his stories have inspired movies and documentaries, including the classic Boogie Nights. He is the editor and publisher of, a content brand.

Mike Sager