Kris Bryant is the rookie of a lifetime in our hearts. Credit: MBDChicago

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

Hey, did you read:  

• That the Abbey caught fire this morning? Philip Montoro

• About the method behind the madness of ISIS? (It’s detailed in a 2004 manifesto whose title translates as “The Management of Savagery.”) Kate Schmidt

• That Governor Rauner was one of 25 governors—all but one Republican—to temporarily ban Syrian refugees from resettling in Illinois, even though it’s not legal to do so? Ryan Smith

• Or that Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant has been unanimously voted NL Rookie of the Year? Kate Schmidt

• That This American Life turned 20 today? Brianna Wellen

• That mealworms can “recycle” styrofoam by eating it? Andrea Bauer

• Bill Simmons’s interview with President Obama? Tal Rosenberg

• That playing music—well, specifically, playing the ukulele in groups—may help promote sympathy, helpfulness, and other “pro-social” attitudes in kids? Kate Schmidt

• Why Dick Wolf brought his TV franchise to Chicago? (Think sincerity, also tax credits.) Deanna Isaacs