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

Hey, did you read:

• That the admired and beloved Chicago artist Ellen Lanyon died Monday, at 86? Tony Adler

• About the Republican default deniers? Steve Bogira

• That Stanley Kauffmann, film critic of the New Republic for more than five decades, has died? Tal Rosenberg

• About what it’s like to die of scurvy? Kate Schmidt

• That Oliver Stone found the violence in Breaking Bad‘s finale to be “ridiculous“? —Drew Hunt

• That Janet Yellen, President Obama’s pick to be the next Federal Reserve chair, would be the first woman to lead the central bank of any big Western nation? Mick Dumke

• Also, that former star outfielder Andy Pafko has died, leaving just one surviving member of the Cubs’ last World Series team? Mick Dumke

• About a study suggesting most of the oldest-known cave art paintings were made by women? —John Dunlevy

• About the group of San Francisco commuters who were so distracted by their phones that they didn’t notice a man with a gun on their train? —Brianna Wellen