• Meredith Graves addresses gender issues in music.

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

Hey, did you read:

• That planting trees sometimes increases global warming? Steve Bogira

• That Sheldon Patinkin—whose achievements include but are hardly limited to helping invent Chicago-style improvisation and the off-Loop theater movement—has died? Tony Adler

• That we may be living in the “Golden Age” of design. Molly Raskin

• That the USDA is trying to buy submachine guns? Mike Sula

• That, according to a new study, people spoil TV shows as a show of power? Brianna Wellen

• Meredith Graves’s Soundscape talk on the gender authenticity gap in music. Molly Raskin

• This thorough timeline of the Ray Rice debacle and botched investigation? Kevin Warwick

• About the misguided New York Times review of the new show How to Get Away With Murder that characterized Shonda Rimes as an “angry black woman”? Aimee Levitt

• About the Alaska TV reporter who said “fuck it” so she could focus more energy on the fight to legalize grass? Gwynedd Stuart

• About Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz’s performance art piece that protests the way sexual assault is handled on campus? Aimee Levitt