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  • Thurston Moore, a victim of “gender fascism,” supposedly

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

Hey, did you read:

• That student health insurance at the University of Illinois’s flagship campus will begin to cover sex change surgery? Deanna Isaacs

• That the College Board is again revising the SAT, at least in part to try to eliminate scoring differences closely correlated with family income? (But also because of increased competition from the ACT.) Kate Schmidt

Andrew Bacevich on what the crisis in Russia shows about the U.S.? (We’re not as special as we think we are.) Steve Bogira

• How Chicago arts organizations are weathering a rough winter? Tony Adler

• About Skateistan, a charity set up to teach skateboarding to the youths of Afghanistan? Ben Sachs

• About Lisa Simpson, Scout Finch, and Harriet the Spy? Aimee Levitt

• About the photographer who sees the installation of a porta-potty as the “first sign of environmental change”? Taylor Tolbert

• About Oscar Mayer’s bacon-scented alarm app? Brianna Wellen

• That Jezebel makes Thurston Moore feel some type of way? Drew Hunt