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

Hey, did you read:

• About fiction’s truth-telling advantages over nonfiction? Steve Bogira

• About a pair of Icelandic “necropants,” made of human skin and perfect for Halloween? Tony Adler

• That 17 years after California launched a “notoriously lax” medical marijuana program, accompanying social problems have been minimal? Mick Dumke

• Lou Reed on Kanye West’s Yeezus? Kate Schmidt

• Sasha Frere-Jones on Lou Reed? Leor Galil

• Robert Christgau on Lou Reed? Mara Shalhoup

• Jim DeRogatis on Lou Reed? (I just really wanted to contribute one.) Gwynedd Stuart

• That, this being the 28th/58th anniversary of the events in Back to the Future, the Hill Valley Project is reconstructing the movie in “real time” as a series of tweets? Tony Adler

• Jay Z on his controversial partnership with luxury department store Barneys, which was recently accused of racial profiling? Drew Hunt

• All those times that the Ventra reader fails to read your card? It might not be failing to charge you. Sam Worley