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Near death, near life experience

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 02, 2013

For his first piece written as a staff writer for GQ in 1995, the magazine’s editor urged Andrew Corsello to write about the time he almost died of a mysterious liver failure.

Wednesday, August 31, the next day. Sicker, bewildered. In my office chair quaking with exertion, like a car with its accelerator and brake simultaneously floored. My breathing’s all wrong-the sharp, uneven gasps of an overworked dog. When I lumber off to the can, the urine is purple and oily looking. At three minutes after one, Doc Mike calls with the blood results. “Stop whatever you’re doing,” he orders. “Get in here now.”

Corsello won the 2007 National Magazine Award for his story, The Other Side of Hate.