Michael Paterniti

22 articles
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Should We Get Used to Mass Shootings?

“This is the story of those 10 days, the new and relentless strain of gun violence in America, and the desperate need for us not to look away.”

Michael Paterniti on the Longform Podcast
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The House That Thurman Munson Built

The life, death, and ghost of a catcher.

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1957 Man

A journey into the 1950s.

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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.