Get well soon, Derrick

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

Hey, did you read:

• This interview with Noam Chomsky about America’s top-down class war? Tony Adler

• That though the GOP-led government shutdown cost them billions of dollars, big business corporate donors continue to fund right-wing Republicans? Mick Dumke

• Tim Novak following the money that’s due to leave the city and fatten the wallets of mayoral campaign contributors? Steve Bogira

• That men’s attitudes about women and equality are influenced by whether they have daughters, sisters, and/or female coworkers? Aimee Levitt

• That the morning-after pill doesn’t work for women who weigh more than 176 pounds? Gwynedd Stuart

• Or see this amazing video of poor Dinesh D’Souza (2016: Obama’s America, etc) shilling for his friend’s fake Christmas tree? Sam Worley

• That despite featuring the cinematic debut of Susan Boyle, the Rick Santorum-produced holiday movie The Christmas Candle is a flop? (Per one review, “its resolute quaintness may appeal to the kind of viewers who regard electricity as disturbingly newfangled.”) Kate Schmidt

• About our increasingly aggressive punctuation mark—the period? Sam Worley

• About the Northwestern student who lived for a week on campus for free? Aimee Levitt

• Or see the photographic “facial composite” of Mozart at the age of 21, allegedly put together by German federal police? Tony Adler

• That no one’s allowed to touch Eli Manning’s balls before a game? (“They’re precious jewels,” an equipment director says. “Too much work has gone into them.”) Steve Bogira

• Grantland NBA specialist Zach Lowe on what Derrick Rose’s recent, season-ending injury means for the Bulls’ future? (Plus, reports on other injuries pervading the league.) Tal Rosenberg