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

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• 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 narrowing difference in effectiveness between real drugs and placebos—especially in U.S. drug trials? John Dunlevy

• 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

• An interview with new Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg about his plans for the forthcoming NBA season? Tal Rosenberg

• Or about a new life of Charlotte Bronte? Kate Schmidt

This review of Morrissey’s novel List of the Lost? Aimee Levitt

• About how a couple of racist trolls on social media got the perpetual outrage machine that is the Internet to freak out about a boycott of Star Wars VII? Ryan Smith