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

Hey, did you read:

• About Boston University, Hollywood’s secret female training ground? Sue Kwong

• About the impact of social status on health? Steve Bogira

• How U.S. policies helped Afghanistan be taken over by the opium industry? Mick Dumke

• That J.R. Jones has a new book on Robert Ryan coming out in May? Aimee Levitt

• That the wealth of white households in the U.S. is now 13 times the wealth of black households—the largest the gap has been since 1989? Steve Bogira

• That D’Angelo’s first new album in nearly 15 years, Black Messiah, went for sale on iTunes last night, less than 24 hours after its release date was announced? Leor Galil

David Carr’s takedown of Charles C. Johnson, the blogger who published the real name and photos of “Jackie,” the UVA rape victim, and the home addresses of the New York Times reporters who he claimed published Darren Wilson’s address? Aimee Levitt

• That messy desks can inspire greater creativity? Aimee Levitt

• That “culture” is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year? Brianna Wellen