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  • Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad

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

Hey, did you read:

• What the artistic director of Silk Road Rising has to say about Hedy Weiss’s controversial review of his show Invasion!? Tony Adler

• And how Weiss defends that review? Tony Adler

• That in states with stand-your-ground laws, shootings of blacks by whites are 17 times more likely to be ruled justified than shootings of whites by blacks? Mick Dumke

• About Curtis Flowers, the Mississippi inmate on death row who, after six trials on the same murder charges, still insists he’s innocent? (“I’m not going to say I killed someone when I didn’t. I would rather be executed and go to Heaven and know I did the right thing than to be in this world if I have to admit to something I didn’t do.”) Kate Schmidt

• About an annual lynching reenactment in Monroe, Georgia? Sam Worley

• That the e-mail service reportedly used by Edward Snowden is shutting down, along with another provider of secure e-mail? —John Dunlevy

• That Chicago’s new top federal judge is pushing to get more blacks and Latinos into the jury pool? Steve Bogira

• The latest in New York mag’s incredibly important Breaking Bad coverage? (It’s Bob “Better Call Saul” Odenkirk reviewing low-budget lawyer commercials with Julie Klausner.) Sam Worley

• What Woody Allen has learned in his 77 years? (“If you’re born with a gift, to behave like it’s an achievement is not right.”) Gwynedd Stuart

• The first interview with My Bloody Valentine mastermind Kevin Shields since the release of the band’s album m b v? Tal Rosenberg

• About what it was like to have Wordsworth or Coleridge for a father? (Short answer: not great.) Aimee Levitt

• Choire Sicha’s chat with his editor about his new book, Very Recent History? (“I just wanted to write a book that a small group of people will perversely cling to.”) Sam Worley

• About “Cowboy” Jack Clement, who died yesterday? —John Dunlevy