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

Hey, did you read:

• About the stunning tale of Grant and Fiona in “The Bear Came Over the Mountain,” and other reasons to read Alice Munro, the new Nobel-prize winner in literature? Steve Bogira

• This inside look at a week on college football team—how Northwestern prepared for its showdown with Ohio State? Mick Dumke

• Also on the college football beat, that Notre Dame has offered a scholarship to Cordell Broadus, otherwise known as Snoop Dogg’s son? Mick Dumke

• About the verisimilitude (and lack of thereof) of Gravity? (Buzz Aldrin says the shots of earth look too clear; another astronaut notes that, rather than a sports bra and briefs, women in space wear a one-piece undergarment with cooling tubes and a diaper.) Kate Schmidt

• About how expensive it is to use a bank if you’re poor? Aimee Levitt

• That Greg Ginn lost his stupid Black Flag/Flag lawsuit? Luca Cimarusti

• About the evolution of a Twitter tirade? —Drew Hunt

• About why people didn’t smile in old photos? Gwynedd Stuart

• That doomsday preppers have a plan if the debt crisis gets out of hand? —Drew Hunt

• Or see this video promo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, featuring a stunning example of what might be called pop butoh? Tony Adler

• About the horrific flesh-eating (yes, flesh-eating) drug Krokodil, which seems to have made its way to the Chicago area and is being sold as heroin? Tony Adler