Reader staffers share stories that fascinate, alarm, amuse, or inspire us.
Hey, did you read:
• That Ohio is putting off executing 11 prisoners for at least a year while it searches for better drugs with which to kill them? (In the state’s last execution, in January 2014, the prisoner being executed “choked, gasped and clenched his fists for more than 20 minutes before succumbing.”) —Steve Bogira
• About the social history of ugliness? (The French, for example, barred ugly men from serving as officers because it was thought to undermine their authority. Then people started getting defaced in World War I battles, and amputated limbs and mangled faces became signs of authority.) —Kate Schmidt