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  • Dwight Eisenhower

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

Hey, did you read:

• Teju Cole’s parody of Max Fisher’s “9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask,” in which he imagines a conversation about whether to bomb Britain? (“Some say incinerating Buckingham Palace would send a message and next time Britain will think twice before selling nerve gas. I don’t know.”)Julia Thiel

• About how President Eisenhower resisted taking military action in Vietnam in 1954, and what President Obama and the nation might learn from Ike’s apparent indecision? (Eisenhower “understood the consequences and purposes of war” and that “indecisiveness may sometimes be the best first response.”) Steve Bogira

• “That your ordeal is without end, and there is only one thing you somehow sense—that the choice to abandon the struggle and climb aboard the ship would be to fragment your pride beyond repair”? Mara Shalhoup

• Dahlia Lithwick on a spectacularly bad month in rape—not in India, but in American courts? Kate Schmidt

• That a Whole Foods is coming to Englewood? Kevin Warwick

• That Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro committed suicide in prison, a whole month into his life plus 1,000 years sentence? Gwynedd Stuart

• This aesthetically pleasing feature on Janelle Monáe? Drew Hunt

• That Safe Passage workers are already quitting, leaving many corners unattended? Gwynedd Stuart

• That military action is “a polite phrase for killing people,” according to Thomas Sowell? Steve Bogira

• That the Dark Energy Camera built at Fermilab is the newest tool in the quest to learn why the universe is rushing out instead of contracting as expected? Deanna Isaacs