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  • Silvio Berlusconi shouldn’t have let it all go to his head.

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

Hey, did you read:

• That the city of Chicago’s convicted former comptroller has been arrested on the lam in Pakistan? Mick Dumke

• About the BASIC computer-programming language, which was first used 50 years ago tomorrow? John Dunlevy

• That Silvio Berlusconi is about to start working with Alzheimer’s patients as punishment for committing tax fraud? Ben Sachs

Paul Krugman’s review of Capital in the Twenty-first Century, the new book by French economist Thomas Piketty explaining the economics of our “new Gilded Age?” Tony Adler

• This chilling minute-by-minute account by a Tulsa World reporter of yesterday’s botched execution in Oklahoma? Aimee Levitt

Jessica Hopper‘s long interview with DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn? Leor Galil

• An oral history of the zine chickfactor? John Dunlevy

• That for a mere $685,000, a Frank Lloyd Wright rowhouse in Douglas can be yours? Aimee Levitt

• About the 32-year-old who died posting selfies (along with a Facebook status on how happy Pharrell Williams’s song “Happy” made her) while driving? Lisa Schulz

• About the Tokyo restaurant that provides stuffed Moomin toys for solo diners? Brianna Wellen