WHEW! What a week! In case you missed any of it, we had: The VMAs! The Met Gala! TIFF! Fashion Week! And the Creative Arts Emmys! The Emmys Emmys — like, the Regular Emmys — are Sunday. I NEED A NAP.

ANYWAY! In other news:

Vulture salutes The Unique Genius of Norm Macdonald, who sadly died this week.

Related, and great: Courtney Thorne-Smith Addresses that Norm Macdonald Video Going Around Again [Pajiba]

SO PLEASED with the return of party reporting! Timothée, Lorde, and Kacey: The Normal (for a Night) Post-Met Celebrity Scrum Returns [Vanity Fair]

This piece is so good (and really interesting): For Texas’s Black Roller Skaters, Life Is Good on the Wood [Texas Monthly]

IMPORTANT: Richard E. Grant Answers Every Question We Have About Spice World  [Vulture]

This piece is amazing: Help! I Couldn’t Stop Writing Fake Dear Prudence Letters That Got Published [Gawker]

Important questions: Zoë and Channing: Is this Instagram Official? I’m kind of into this duo. [Lainey]

Boy, has this been a real experience, and this is a very good piece: Inside the Book Industry’s Battle to Stay Afloat During the COVID-19 Crisis [Esquire] (Related — the supply chain for books is BORKED so if you like to give books for Christmas, definitely start percolating on them now and get to your local book store early!)

A very very interesting read/juicy from CJR: OK, Seriously: Teen Vogue’s complicated political transformation

Really worth your time, and about a lot more than just the headline, at The Cut: “Where Were the Hijabs on the Met Gala Red Carpet? This year’s Met Gala theme attempted to be inclusive of all American identities except for mine.

This was a super interesting post from Lainey about vaccine mandates for events like the Met Gala.

Speaking of the Met, this was so great: YouTube Star Nikkie Tutorials Paid Homage To Black Trans Icon Marsha P. Johnson At The Met Gala [Buzzfeed]

Also great: Rising Model Quannah Chasinghorse’s First Met Gala Was Filled With Meaning [Vogue]

This is wild — this relationship has been over for ages! Justin & Hailey Bieber had ‘Selena’ chanted at them outside the Met Gala. I’m sure Selena Gomez wishes people would not do this!! [Celebitchy]

This really made me laugh: How Old Does Ben Platt Look in Dear Evan Hansen? [Vulture]

Excellent: A Candid, Vulnerable Selma Blair Explains Why She Invited Cameras to Document Her MS Journey [Variety]

An interesting read: I asked historians what find made them go ‘wait, wut?’ Here’s a taste of the hundreds of replies. The replies to the tweet in question are really interesting, too! [The Conversation]

This interview with Kathy Hilton is a real ride. She’s buying airport hot dogs! [Refinery29]