Apollo Robbins
  • Apollo Robbins

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

Hey, did you read:

• The news that the rich got richer in 2012? Tony Adler

• About the benefits of the “cliff” deal for low-income Americans? Steve Bogira

• This bleak, albeit informative, New York Times interactive article on Chicago’s homicide rates, broken down by neighborhood? Drew Hunt

• The incredible skill of Apollo Robbins, theatrical pickpocket? (“He is widely considered the best in the world at what he does, which is taking things from people’s jackets, pants, purses, wrists, fingers, and necks, then returning them in amusing and mind-boggling ways,” Adam Green writes in his New Yorker profile. Steve Bogira

• The Atlantic piece on retrograde amnesia and the self that prompted the lengthy comment that in turn prompted the comments “Holy freakin’ wall of text! Get a blog!” and “Longest ‘comment’ I’ve ever seen and didn’t read. But great article”? Kate Schmidt

• That Andrew Sullivan is leaving the Daily Beast and taking his blog, the Dish, with him? (Sullivan is making Dish an independent property, and charging $19.99 annually.) Tal Rosenberg

• About why Hamilton Nolan thinks journalists should stop writing about themselves? Kevin Warwick