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  • Yes, that’s James Franco.

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

Hey, did you read:

• About single parenthood and poverty? Steve Bogira

• About the state execution of Iranian poet and human-rights activist Hashem Shaabani? (He and another activist were hanged on Monday, January 27; as of the date of this report, 12 more were condemned.) Tony Adler

• About the nonprofit journalism start-up that will focus on U.S. criminal justice? Steve Bogira

• That a top NFL prospect has announced that he’s gay—which would make him the first pro football player to be out publicly? Mick Dumke

• That influential British cultural theorist Stuart Hall has died? Ben Sachs

• This interview (in Interview) with composer Philip Glass? Tal Rosenberg

• That James Franco plans to direct and star in an adaptation of The Disaster Artist, a book about the making of The Room? Aimee Levitt

• That part of the ceiling at Logan Square venue Concord Music Hall collapsed during a show over the weekend, and the city is blaming it on the “vibrations from the music” (aka dubstep producer Datsik)? Leor Galil

• About the opening of Dumb Starbucks, a new “gallery” in Los Angeles selling coffee “art”? Jessica Cohn

• About the Danish zoo that fed a giraffe to the lions to keep it from breeding? Deanna Isaacs