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

Hey, did you read:

• This visual history of the State of the Union address? Ryan Smith

• About the death of Internet Explorer? Sue Kwong

• About how evangelicals love Ted Cruz even though his speeches are full of what David Brooks calls “pagan brutalism”? Ryan Smith

• The Tribune‘s Chris Jones’s call for artists to fix what’s wrong with Chicago? Aimee Levitt

• How it’ll be hard for artists to fix what’s wrong with Chicago because art is largely irrelevant? Ryan Smith

• That Esquire has amended its 99 percent male-authored list of 80 books every man should read by enlisting “eight female literary powerhouses” to make a list of the 80 books every person should readKate Schmidt

• An interview with Derrick Rose in which he states that he wants to stay with the Bulls? Tal Rosenberg

• That Jetsmarter—”the Uber of private jets”—has expanded service to Chicago? (Jay-Z and the Saudi royal family are investors in the company.) Ryan Smith