Scenes from the circus Credit: AP Photo/Chris Carlson

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

Hey, did you read

• The New York Times editorial on “Crazy Talk at the Republican Debate”? (“We get the message, and it’s scary.”) John Dunlevy

• That the Republican presidential debates makes a pretty good argument for dissolving the United States? Tal Rosenberg

• Rebecca Solnit on why people care so much about a woman’s decision to have children, or not? Aimee Levitt

• About the fight over online streaming, satellite and terrestrial radio, and “the copyright status of ‘pre-1972 sound recordings'”? John Dunlevy

• This New York Review of Books essay explaining Hitler’s worldview? (It’s even more bloodcurdling than you might think.) Kate Schmidt

• Heather Havrilesky’s lovely advice to a midcareer writer? Julia Thiel