Reader staffers share stories that fascinate, alarm, amuse, or inspire us.
Hey, did you read:
• That this year’s MacArthur Foundation “genius grants” have been awarded and you probably didn’t get one? (But three Chicagoans did: photographer and video artist LaToya Ruby Frazier, U. of C. prof John Novembre, and community leader Juan Salgado.) —Aimee Levitt
• About the uses and abuses of book blurbs? (Memoirist Frank McCourt has reportedly used “you’ll claw yourself with pleasure” to sing the praises of three different books; Gary Shteyngart has written so many there’s a Tumblr of them.) —Kate Schmidt