Reader staffers share stories that fascinate, alarm, amuse, or inspire us.
Hey, did you read:
• Flavorwire’s picks for the best literary criticism of 2015? —Kate Schmidt
• This analysis of the icky fanboy celebrity profile? —Aimee Levitt
• That Nicolas Cage has agreed to return a stolen dinosaur skull to Mongolia? He’d bought it off the black market for $276,000, outbidding Leonardo DiCaprio. (Yes, this is a real story.) —Ryan Smith
• About “the first quasi-experimental evidence that air pollution affects violent criminal activity” presented by a study of Chicago crime data in combination with meteorological data to compare “neighborhoods with themselves, on days when they are and aren’t downwind” from major roadways? —John Dunlevy