• Lars von Trier says goodbye to booze, stays in touch with making a fool of himself

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

Hey, did you read:

• That film director Lars von Trier (Nymphomaniac) has quit drinking but continues to make absurd, self-dramatizing statements? J.R. Jones

• About the McMass Project? Luca Cimarusti

• That Microsoft has officially put Clip Art to rest? Brianna Wellen

• About the torturous three-year court battle two Chicagoans had with the city after being beaten by plainclothes police officers for no apparent reason? Tal Rosenberg

• The response from Old Man Gloom drummer Santos Montano to the article Pomplamoose’s Jack Conte wrote about not being able to “make it” as a touring indie (ahem) band? Kevin Warwick

• That the Saint Louis Police Department is pissed at the National Football League for not fining those members of the Saint Louis Rams who publicly protested the killing of Michael Brown last weekend? Drew Hunt

• This brief history of hell, including the recent rebranding by a Chicago-based corporate image consultant? Aimee Levitt

• About the corporate CEOs who received more compensation than their companies paid in federal income taxes last year? Mick Dumke