The Collected Works of Michael Paterniti
Our sponsor this week is Random House, which has just released a fantastic new collection of stories by Longform regular Michael Paterniti, Love and Other Ways of Dying.
In the remote Ukranian countryside, Paterniti picks apples (and faces mortality) with a real-life giant; in Nanjing, China, he confronts a distraught jumper on a suicide bridge; in Dodge City, Kansas, he takes up residence at a roadside hotel and sees, firsthand, the ways in which the racial divide turns neighbor against neighbor. (You can hear Paterniti talking about many of these pieces on Longform Podcast #93.)
George Saunders has described Paterniti's writing as “expansive and joyful” and Dave Eggers has called him “one of the best living practitioners of the art of literary journalism.” Needless to say, everyone here at Longform is a huge fan.