On Thursday night, The New Yorker won four National Magazine Awards—known as the Ellies—in the categories of Essays and Criticism, Feature Writing, Columns and Commentary, and Fiction. Here are the winners:
Ariel Levy won the prize for Essays and Criticism for “Thanksgiving in Mongolia,” a personal history of a trip that brought adventure and heartbreak:
My doctor told me that it was fine to fly up until the third trimester, so when I was five months pregnant I decided to take one last big trip. It would be at least a year, maybe two, before I’d be able to leave home for weeks on end and feel the elation of a new place revealing itself. (It’s like having a new lover—even the parts you aren’t crazy about have the crackling fascination of the unfamiliar.) Just before Thanksgiving, I went to Mongolia.