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

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• That aldermen want to crack down on Chicagoans renting their homes on Airbnb without a license? Gwynedd Stuart

• Rick Perlstein on the fascist tendencies of Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign? Tal Rosenberg

• Cass Sunstein on the economists George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller’s new book Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception, which argues that the free market and competition produce systemic harm? Kate Schmidt

• About how ridiculous it is to think that putting guns into the hands of “good guys” will help defeat “bad guys”? (Statistically speaking, in the U.S. there are 34 murders, 78 suicides, and two accidental deaths for every justifiable homicide.) Kate Schmidt

• About what they’re calling the “world’s first vertical forest,” having apparently forgotten about mountainsides? (It’s an interesting project, anyway, and a vindication of Paolo Soleri’s vision.) Tony Adler

• About Striking and Picturesque Delineations of the Grand, Beautiful, Wonderful, and Interesting Scenery Around Loch-Earn, an 1815 guidebook by Angus M’Diarmid that may be the most delightfully incoherent travel guide ever written? Aimee Levitt

Casey Rathunde’s commentary “On Walking Away” from Blackhawks fandom over the organization’s position on Patrick Kane and accusations of rape? John Dunlevy

• About the genius of The Great British Bake Off, currently the most popular TV show in Great Britain? Aimee Levitt