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

Hey, did you read:

• That Karen Lewis has a Hawaii condo, and shares a vacation home in Union Pier with her sister, and has stakes in two time-share homes in Hawaii, and time-shares in New York, Mexico, and Colorado—but she doesn’t “live in luxury” or “hang out with wealthy people,” so, unlike Mayor Emanuel, she knows the pulse of the poor? Steve Bogira

• That Edward Snowden told the government he would “volunteer for prison, as long as it served the right purpose”? Lucy Wang

• This Guardian report on televised confessions on China’s state-run TV stations? Ben Sachs

• About the murder suspect who asked Siri where to hide a dead body? Brianna Wellen

• Why you should have someone else proofread your writing? Paul John Higgins

• How analysts have concluded that for media businesses to survive and thrive, nothing works everywhere and everything works somewhere? Mick Dumke

• About what an 1880s-era Wicker Park building looks like with the vinyl siding removed? Tal Rosenberg

• About Cecil Taylor improvising with the Brooklyn district attorney? Mike Sula

• About why we trust characters who eat basic food? (Agent Dale Cooper’s simple love of coffee and pie keep us on his side.) Brianna Wellen

• This tribute to a Cubs fan? Tony Adler