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  • Bernard Sahlins

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

Hey, did you read:

• That Second City cofounder Bernard Sahlins has died at 90? Tony Adler

• About the addictive positive-reinforcement feedback loop of social media? (“All those retweets, likes and favorites give us a little jolt . . . that pushes us to keep coming back for more.”) Steve Bogira

• About death cafes? Kate Schmidt

• About John Horne Burns, the great—and forgotten—gay novelist of World War II? Aimee Levitt

• That this weekend was the worst of the year violence-wise? (via @jeromeludwig) Gwynedd Stuart

• That Vladimir Putin denies stealing the Super Bowl ring of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft? Tal Rosenberg