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  • Billy Joel, still drinking after all these years

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

Hey, did you read:

• Jane Mayer’s look at billionaire David Koch’s chilling effect on public television and Daily Kos’s follow-up report? (The latter, btw, appears to get some of the basic facts wrong.) Kate Schmidt

• How masturbation is at the heart of many of our social and political divisions? Mick Dumke

• The full-page last-ditch “Save Prentice” ad in this morning’s Tribune and on the NUFORPRENTICE Facebook page? Deanna Isaacs

• That Ronald McDonald got his own WSJ hedcut and it’s terrifying? Gwynedd Stuart

• About cat bearding? Tony Adler

• Bryan Curtis’s profile of Richard Simmons? (“‘Absolutely no farting,’ Simmons said as he marched to the front of the room. ‘People eat fucking Mexican food and I have to suffer.’ He put on ‘It’s Raining Men’ and we got moving.”) Tal Rosenberg

• About White House press secretary Jay Carney’s love of Guided by Voices? —John Dunlevy

The great headline/photo combo for this NYT piece on Billy Joel? Gwynedd Stuart