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  • That’s Sir Paul McCartney

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

Hey, did you read:

• About the world’s biggest flag? Ben Sachs

• Nicholas Schmidle’s New Yorker story about the death of decorated sniper Chris Kyle? Tal Rosenberg

• That conservators at the Museum of Modern Art have learned a lot about Jackson Pollock’s method (not to mention his collectors’ crimes) from restoring one of his paintings? Tony Adler

This obit about Kim Merker, who designed, typeset, and printed “some of the most beautiful books made in America in the late 20th century”? (The photo of Merker in 1991 was taken by former Reader art director Robert McCamant, who now designs and publishes his own handcrafted books.) Steve Bogira

• Which parts of the national anthem are most “fuckupable”? Mick Dumke

• The NYT review of Storm Kings, former Reader contributor Lee Sandlin‘s book on the first tornado chasers? (“Mr. Sandlin knows how to tell a story, and his gripping narrative, often lyrical and often horrifying, conveys the awesome destructive power of tornadoes as well as their bewildering randomness.”) Steve Bogira

• That Paul McCartney left a personalized guitar pick on Elvis’s grave so he can “play guitar in heaven?” (Aw, the cute Beatle also turns out to be the mind-of-a-child Beatle.) Gwynedd Stuart