Did you read about Nelson Mandela, Christmas Tinner, and "Blurred Lines"? | Bleader

Did you read about Nelson Mandela, Christmas Tinner, and "Blurred Lines"?

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A poster of Nelson Mandela on which well-wishers have written their messages of condolence and support, in the street outside his old house in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa.
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  • A poster of Nelson Mandela on which well-wishers have written their messages of condolence and support, in the street outside his old house in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa
Reader staffers share stories that fascinate, amuse, or inspire us.

Hey, did you read:

• Former NYT executive editor Bill Keller's obituary for Nelson Mandela? Tal Rosenberg

Desmond Tutu on Nelson Mandela? —John Dunlevy

• That Mandela wasn't just a healer and statesman, but a political radical who criticized the "atrocities" committed by the United States? Mick Dumke

• About the government war against the Black Panther Party, as related by a lawyer for the families of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark? Tony Adler

• That Juan Rangel, the head of UNO, one of the largest and most powerful charter school networks in the state, has stepped down after the disclosure of questionable financial practices? Mick Dumke

• About grad student unions and the professors who oppose them? Drew Hunt

• Tom Scocca on the age of snark versus smarm? Tal Rosenberg

• That the Literary Review has announced the winner of its annual Bad Sex in Fiction contest? ("Surely supernovas explode that instant, somewhere, in some galaxy. The hut vanishes, and with it the sea and the sands—only Karun’s body, locked with mine, remains. We streak like superheroes past suns and solar systems, we dive through shoals of quarks and atomic nuclei. In celebration of our breakthrough fourth star, statisticians the world over rejoice.") Aimee Levitt

• About this season's most disgusting food product, the Christmas Tinner? Sam Worley

• John Morthland on Dave Van Ronk, who inspired the Coen brothers' forthcoming Inside Llewyn Davis? Tal Rosenberg

• About the mystique of the enigmatic guitarist John Fahey and what continues to make him so mesmerizing today? Kevin Warwick

Rob Sheffield on "Blurred Lines," which he says is the worst song of 2013? Leor Galil

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