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

Hey, did you read:

• That in Mosul, Iraq, one of the oldest Christian communities is disappearing? Lucy Wang

• That John Boehner says he’s planning to sue President Obama for working around Congress, even though previous presidents did it more often? Mick Dumke

• That Humboldt Park’s Knockbox Cafe and Peanut Gallery will close this fall? Leor Galil

• This essay in the Atlantic arguing that Marlon Brando “broke” Hollywood cinema? Ben Sachs

• About Webster Edgerly, aka Edmond Shaftesbury, and his Victorian-era guide guaranteed to turn anyone into the “perfect actor”? Tony Adler

• That, judging from what got edited out of her appearance on the Tonight Show, success may have spoiled Honey Boo Boo? (“‘NEVER hit your mother!’ he exclaimed.”) Kate Schmidt

• Molly Lambert on the downfall of Terry Richardson and Dov Charney, the end of the hipster pervert, and the awfulness of the 2000s? Tal Rosenberg