Pete Townshend, playing for nonfans
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  • Pete Townshend, playing for nonfans

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

Hey, did you read:

• That support for the death penalty keeps falling and is now at its lowest level in more than four decades? Mick Dumke

• That reports about the prevalence and horrific effects of a street drug called krokodil may be exaggerated? Tony Adler

• About the first rule of wearing blackface for Halloween? Gwynedd Stuart

• Great ideas from the man who invented the calendar? (“I want to double the length of a second so people won’t always have to say, ‘Can you give me two seconds?'”) Steve Bogira

• David Sedaris on his sister’s suicide? Tal Rosenberg

• Or seen the work of Jeff Bennett, whose latest series shows Thomas Kinkade paintings under siege by Star Wars spaceships? Aimee Levitt

• About the Illinois church that looks like a giant penis from above? Gwynedd Stuart

• That it’s impossible the escape the Saint Louis Cardinals on KMOX? Aimee Levitt

• About Lou Reed’s transvestite (or possibly transsexual) “muse?” Tony Adler

• That the Who prefer to play for nonfans? J.R. Jones