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Reader staffers share stories that fascinate, amuse, or inspire us.

Hey, did you read:

This illuminating essay by a Seattle judge about the defendant he sentenced for “attempted commercial sexual abuse of a minor”? Steve Bogira

• About custom deer breeding for real-life big buck hunters? Aimee Levitt

• About Sony’s new $1,200 Walkman? Leor Galil

• About why the Chicago River is steaming? Tal Rosenberg

• That you can buy the Oscar Mayer mansion in Evanston? Gwynedd Stuart

• About the possible Mr. Show reunion? Brianna Wellen

• That Haruki Murakami will be writing an advice column? Aimee Levitt

• About the transgender teen, child of a Chicago-area theater artist, who got many thousands of hits for her pix about birthday pancakes and coming out? Tony Adler