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

Hey, did you read:

• About Lew Wallace and Ben-Hur? —John Dunlevy

Cooling on Warming by Gail Collins? (In his State of the Union address, President Obama vowed action on climate change, but now “majority sentiment in Congress is to hope for the best and pass the baton to the grandchildren.”) Steve Bogira

• The Cubs win! At making money, where they rank first in the majors. Mick Dumke

• This amazing obituary of Rabbi Herschel Schacter, who was at the liberation of Buchenwald? Aimee Levitt

• This Esquire Q&A with star of stage and screen, Patton Oswalt? Drew Hunt

• That Illinois is a “key actor” in terms of “acquisition of lions, slaughter of lions and then, ultimately, the packaging of lion meat?” Gwynedd Stuart

• The Dissent piece on Lean In that prompted Sheryl Sandberg’s publicist to assure its author, Kate Losse, that there’s a special place in hell for her? Kate Schmidt