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Arturo Alva-Moreno Was World Trade Center Victim #2,754. Or Was He?

H er father said he worked at the top of the Tower, midway between the ground and the sky. So he must have been in…

Our 10 Most Popular Stories of the Year

Or, at least, with minimal comment. Here, in list form, are the 10 most trafficked MEL posts of 2016, in reverse order (so as to…

A Guy Walks Into a Bar — and Is Never Seen Again

Brian Shaffer blended into the pissed-up gaggle that trickled into the bar. He resembled every other student celebrating spring break, another face in the flock,…

Trolling The Friendly Skies

From an airplane window, the curve of the western edge of Lake Michigan is gentle, almost scrotal, and the opposite shore so distant a horizon…