Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Did you read about Harry Potter, Kendrick Lamar, and selfies?

Posted By on 11.19.13 at 11:34 AM

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

Hey, did you read:

• Ghana-based African journalist Elizabeth Ohene on U.S. spying, past and present? ("I had been under the impression the Americans were not choosy about who they bugged; they simply vacuum every sound everybody makes.") Kate Schmidt

• The New Yorker story on the history and future of Google's driverless car? Tal Rosenberg

• That parts of Chicago are on the French government's tourist warning list? Deanna Isaacs

• This investigation into the death of Margaret Mary Vojtko, the Duquesne University adjunct professor who became a cause celebre after her lawyer published an op-ed about how the university had abandoned her? (The truth is a wee bit more complicated.) Aimee Levitt

• About Polish pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki, who built a viola organista from Leonardo da Vinci's design, and played it in concert? Tony Adler

• About the woman who spent a year reading one book from every country in the world? Aimee Levitt

• That the Music Box Theatre might be expanding next year? Ben Sachs

• That Facebook may actually be improving the writing of teens? (Then again, maybe not.) Steve Bogira

• The Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year is "selfie," which somehow narrowly edged out "twerk?" Mick Dumke

• About controversy over the U.S. Postal Service's new Harry Potter stamps? —John Dunlevy

• Poet Eileen Myles totally unloading on the sex scenes in Blue Is the Warmest Color? ("Calling this a lesbian film is like calling herpes a tattoo.") Sam Worley

• This relationship advice from a 98-year-old woman? ("First of all, you have to be sexually compatible. That’s very important. If anyone tells you different, they’re nuts.") Gwynedd Stuart

• About the problems with GQ's cover profile of rapper Kendrick Lamar? Leor Galil

• About Arcade Fire's formal dress code? Brianna Wellen

• NPR's "Rational Conversation" column on the emo revival? Leor Galil

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