David Mamet

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

Hey, did you read:

• That David Mamet continues to achieve new levels of crankiness? (Now he considers President Obama a “tyrant.”) Tony Adler

• That this weekend the Grand Canyon was filled with fog? Ben Sachs

• About the theft of thousands of rare books from the Girolamini Library in Naples, masterminded by its former director Massimo De Caro, described as “a character who seems to have been conjured jointly by Jorge Luis Borges and the Italian crime novelist Andrea Camilleri”? (One of his alleged conspiritors is a priest.) Aimee Levitt

• That cockroaches mate by joining hind ends? Steve Bogira

• That millennials may be more interested in helping others than they’re often thought to be? Steve Bogira

• All the lousy media news out of New York this weekend? Peter Kaplan died; New York mag is going biweekly. Sam Worley

• Joyce Carol Oates on Mike Tyson? —Drew Hunt

• The New York Times Style section on Tribune advice columnist Amy Dickinson’s marriage of five years? (“Their idea of fun is to get in his old red pickup truck and drive around the countryside while sharing a box of doughnut holes . . . “) Kate Schmidt

• Cranky John McIntyre on “dog-whistle editing”: “the maintaining of distinctions that no one but copy editors can hear”? Sam Worley

• A detailed history of Chicagoan Galen Beebe’s first kisses? Leor Galil

• All about the Denver Post‘s new marijuana editor—and that there will absolutely be a freelance pot critic? Kevin Warwick

• About how Gawker’s Neetzan Zimmerman knows within 15 seconds which posts will go viral? (And that cats are totally out, and sloths are totally in?) Aimee Levitt

• That the guy who made it snow dollar bills at Mall of America was charged with disorderly conduct? Deanna Isaacs