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

Hey, did you read:

• Ta-Nehisi Coates on how the wealth gap is the logical outcome of policy and democratic will? Tal Rosenberg

• That 900 people in China have been arrested for taking part in a widespread fake-meat scandal? Ben Sachs

• Writer and CPS parent Ian Belknap’s reaction to news that Bruce Rauner clouted his kid into Walter Payton College Prep? Deanna Isaacs

• That Greg Bellow has written a book about the private life of his dad, Saul? Tony Adler

Patti Smith on Astragal, a 1965 novel by Albertine Sarrazin being reissued by New Directions this month? (“Would I have carried myself with the same swagger, or faced adversity with such feminine resolve, without Albertine as my guide?” Smith asks.) Kate Schmidt

• This sobering behind-the-scenes look at the making of Larry Clark’s 1995 film Kids? Tal Rosenberg

• That Greg Ginn’s “Black Flag” released a new song and did so while taking a jab at the other band made of former Black Flag members, Flag? Leor Galil

My favorite obituary for founding Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman? Philip Montoro