• AP Photo/The Telegraph, John Badman
  • Great for ALS, not so great for other diseases

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

Hey, did you read:

• About diseases left behind by the ice bucket challenge? (Fifty thousand dollars spent on an ALS drug saves one disability-adjusted life year. Spent on bed nets to prevent malaria, that amount saves 500 times as many life years, mainly by preventing the deaths of children.) Steve Bogira

• About the cost of being poor in Saint Louis County? Aimee Levitt

• John Herrman on Takes—online media’s need to respond to all viral news—and Alex Pareene on the awfulness of Takes and how they ruin a publication’s brand? Tal Rosenberg

• How nostalgia has come to drive internet sites aimed at young audiences? Mick Dumke

• About Steven Ma, founder of ThinkTank Learning, who can guarantee admission into Ivy League schools for $600,000? Tal Rosenberg

• This conversation between Wes Anderson and critic Kent Jones about the films of Pedro Almodovar? Ben Sachs

• Or see this completely unexpected artifact of Soviet culture? Tony Adler

• Or see the “adhorrible” giant mutant spider dog? Aimee Levitt