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

Hey, did you read:

• Cartoonist B. Kliban, rediscovered? Tony Adler

• About the world’s cleverest silver thief and the retired detective who tracked him down? Aimee Levitt

• That every single one of close to 25,000 test takers failed the entrance exam to the University of Liberia, which will now have zero freshmen? Kate Schmidt

• That the wildfire in Yosemite is currently bigger than Chicago? Drew Hunt

• About what happened to all the female crossword puzzle constructors? Sam Worley

• The New Yorker‘s powerful tribute to Linda Ronstadt, who can no longer sing? Mick Dumke

• “That whatever President Obama might say in his speech commemorating the lynching of Emmett Till on Wednesday, we should not let such acts distract us from the broader project of resurrecting a viable model of black politics for the 21st century”? Mara Shalhoup

• That Marie’s Riptide Lounge is closing for good on Saturday? (Julia Thiel reported on the bar’s potential closing in January.) Tal Rosenberg

• This tribute to Maeve Brennan, the New Yorker‘s “Long-Winded Lady” who wrote vignettes of city life but who ended up homeless and alcoholic, sleeping in a stall in the magazine’s bathroom with a sick pigeon she was trying to nurse back to health? Aimee Levitt