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

Hey, did you read:

• That Hillary Clinton is trying to separate herself from conservative Democrats like Bill Clinton? Mick Dumke

• That Gawker has joined the Writers Guild of America? J.R. Jones

• About how poverty harms the young brain? Steve Bogira

• That Niala Boodhoo is out as WBEZ cuts down on locally produced programming? Tony Adler

• About the pigs, goats, and other barnyard buddies of race horses? Steve Bogira

• About the future of songwriting in the age of digital streaming? Aimee Levitt

• Greg Kot’s profile of Wire, in which singer-guitarist Colin Newman discourses on aging bands, the current “heritage industry” in music, and what’s wrong that picture? (“You’re basically doing entertainment, which is crowd pleasing. But Wire is famously terrible at that.”) Kate Schmidt

• This list of inquiries to the reference librarians at the New York Public Library? (“Why do 18th century English paintings have so many squirrels in them, and how did they tame them so that they wouldn’t bite the painter?”) Aimee Levitt

• This excerpt from Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari’s upcoming book? Drew Hunt