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Esquire ties one of the darkest stories it has ever written, a tale about an unknown man who jumped from the North Tower of the World Trade Center 13 years ago, with another story of weighty importance—the murders of James Foley and Steven Sotloff by Islamic State. Its goal—to create something positive from both experiences through a paywall, all proceeds from which will go to a scholarship in Foley’s name.

Tom Junod’s “The Falling Man” has been read by nearly 20 million people since we first published it in September 2003. It’s the story behind a single image from September 11th that struck such a raw and terrifying nerve that it was almost immediately banished from public view. It came immediately to mind when photos and video of James Foley’s beheading by ISIS began circling the globe, followed two weeks later by the devastating video of Steven Sotloff’s murder. We wondered whether there was something we could do to honor their courage as journalists. And that’s when we came back to those 20 million readers.

We’ve teamed up with Creatavist and Tinypass on a fundraiser to sell a re-issue of “The Falling Man,” with a new introduction about James Foley. All revenue will go to the James Foley Scholarship Fund at Marquette University’s Diederich College of Communication. Our audacious goal is to raise $200,000, enough to cover a full four-year scholarship. We may fail miserably, or we might surprise ourselves. Either way, we hope you’ll help.

For those who don’t have $3.99 to offer, the paywall is optional.

I based my undergraduate dissertation on The Falling Man and the profound effects of 9/11 on early noughties culture, framing it with photographic theory on memory, shock, trauma, and the war photograph (thank you Barthes and Sontag.)  It was one of the most difficult assignments I’ve ever taken on up until that point; facing it all over again so acutely through stories and images recalled memories of the horror of that day left me physically and mentally exhausted.  The care Junod put into Esquire’s The Falling Man begs to be heard (and the paywall donation is a good way to hear it.)

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humansofnewyork:

"I’m still struggling with her death. She was my best friend and biggest fan."
"What’s your happiest memory of her?"
"When I graduated from high school, I had to either sing a song or recite a poem. I sang a song that she’d taught me, and she was in the front row, clapping louder than everyone."
"Do you remember the song?"
“‘I never can forget the day,
I heard my mother kindly say,
You’re leaving now my tender care;
Remember, child, your mother’s prayer.’”