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

Hey, did you read:

• Eric Foner on why Reconstruction matters? (“It forces us to think about what kind of society we wish America to be.”) Steve Bogira

Chicago magazine’s profile of White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, the Cuban-born 2014 AL Rookie of the Year? (His hobbies are reading the Bible and working out to Christian disco.) Kate Schmidt

Jonathan Franzen on how climate change has affected conservation? Tal Rosenberg

• About the collapse of Syria’s education system? Ben Sachs

• About the theology and anticipation of judgment day that drive ISIS? Mick Dumke

• About why journalists shouldn’t be writing native ads? Tal Rosenberg

• About how Louisville, Kentucky, has overcome obstacles to successfully integrate its schools, with positive results including not just a better educated populace but improved property values and reduced white flight? Kate Schmidt

• These notes toward improving the home video viewing experience? Drew Hunt

• About how this dancer bends light in a breathtaking projection-mapped performance? Sue Kwong