• East meets west.

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

Hey, did you read:

• About the death of Internet neutrality? —John Dunlevy

• About how the landless poor get washed away? Steve Bogira

• That as a result of West Virginia’s chemical spill, access to water is a class issue? Tony Adler

• About the latest right-wing Republican to question whether certain rapes are really crimes? Mick Dumke

• The Guardian‘s consideration of the legacy of World War I? Ben Sachs

• About how bodies of dead soldiers from World War I have been found preserved in glaciers in the Italian Alps? Aimee Levitt

• About what happens when the president sits down five feet from you in a cafe and discusses, among other topics, social media with a group of millennials? Kevin Warwick

• That Suntory, a Japanese liquor company, bought Jim Beam for $16 billion? Tal Rosenberg

• That Kuma’s Ghost Burger was named one of the “17 Most Influential Burgers of All Time” by Time magazine? Gwynedd Stuart

• Jim DeRogatis wondering if people have finally started paying attention to R. Kelly’s alleged sex crimes? Tal Rosenberg