Michael Paterniti

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Don't Cry for Tracy Morgan

“I faced death and all that shit. It’s my responsibility to come back and come back strong. It’s going to take more than a Walmart truck to take that gift away. I can’t wait to make you all laugh. Especially you, Mike. And I already did that today. So all is good.”

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Stud: How to Have 106 Babies (and Counting)

Ed Houben, a self described “ugly man,” has sex with multiple women each week, sometimes two in one day. The women, often accompanied by their husbands, are trying to get pregnant.

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The Accident

An essay on a fatal car crash in the author’s youth.

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The Suicide Catcher

There's an angel saving jumpers on an infamous bridge in China.

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XXXXL

A journey to the Ukraine to learn from the world's tallest man.

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The Dogs of War

On America’s combat canines and their handlers.

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The Mountains Where Women Live as Men

On the burrneshas of Albania.

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The Heartbreak Boys of Coogee Beach

Eleven members of an Australian rugby club traveled to Bali. After a bomb went off at a nightclub, only five of them made it home.

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Never Forget

Visiting Cambodia, and a Khmer Rouge prison camp, 30 years after the genocide.

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The 15-Year Layover

Mehran Karimi Nasseri was without a country, a family or a home. Then he landed at Terminal One at Charles de Gaulle Airport. The article that inspired The Terminal.