• Don’t mess around in this lady’s courtroom.

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

Hey, did you read:

• Vox’s 23-page, sure to be noncontroversial explainer on Israel and Palestine that begins with the question “What are Israel and Palestine?” Osita Nwanevu

• About Attorney General Eric Holder’s defense of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s defense of affirmative action? Mick Dumke

• Alex Pareene on why the New York Times should dismantle the op-ed page and start over from scratch? Tal Rosenberg

• That the jackfruit (a large, smelly tree-borne fruit that grows all over southeast Asia) could be an effective replacement for staple crops under threat from climate change? Ben Sachs

• That e-cigarettes are prone to, uh, explosions? Drew Hunt

• The entry in Time‘s 100 Most Influential People list penned by Rahm about Ertharin Cousin? (Says our mayor: “That innate conscience and connection with the plight of others continues to fuel her sense of mission.”) It’s right before Karl Rove’s contribution lauding the Koch brothers. Mara Shalhoup

• About harrijasotzaile—a 100-year-old, giant-rock-lifting competition in the Basque region of Spain? Jessica Cohn

• This obituary for Richard H. Hoggart, the professor and cultural historian who successfully convinced a British jury that Lady Chatterley’s Lover was not obscene? Aimee Levitt

• Peter Shapiro on the genius of Larry Levan? Tal Rosenberg

• That influential Texas emo group Mineral is playing a reunion tour (and Chicago’s Into It. Over It. is opening)? Leor Galil

• About the roommates who made up a fake case to get on Judge Judy? Brianna Wellen

• About Snacks Quarterly, a new online publication for the “distinguished snack enthusiast”? Brianna Wellen