Another (pretty terrible) week away. Somehow time moves so fast and yet also so slowly. Speaking of, have you filled out your census yet? It takes almost no time at all and it’s super important. You can do it here!

We are super excited to be on a panel at the (virtual) LA Times Festival of Books this year. It’s Wednesday, October 28, at 6pm PT, and it’s us and Kevin Kwan (!!!!),  moderated by the also great Jade Chang! You can register to watch it here — it’s free! (I think we’re going to have signed bookplates for this one, too, but I need to confirm that still.)

Do you want a washable tote bag? I rounded some up!

Soooo, Sunday was the Emmys???? If you missed it, here’s all our coverage.

From Rebecca Traister, on Ruth Bader Ginsburg: It Shouldn’t Have Come Down to Her

This was a lovely essay about what it was like to work for RBG, at the Atlantic.

At Vogue: May Every Woman Find Her Marty Ginsburg

This is AMAZING, at the NYT: Rat That Sniffs Out Land Mines Receives Award for Bravery

This short essay, at WaPo, has been going around and you really should read it: A neighbor asked for a tomato. This is where the story gets weird.

From Susan Orlean: Night of a Thousand Wines. The opener: “I did not set out to become the patron saint of pandemic drinking, but it seems to have turned out that way. I blame it on a horse, although I don’t suppose I can hold the horse totally responsible. I also blame it on sun-dried sushi. In any case, let me explain.”

At Eater: The Lonesome and Thrilling Snack Diet of a Latchkey Kid

This is great, via CNN Travel: ‘The girls go crazy over him’: Meet Jenisbek Tserik, Mongolia’s most eligible eagle hunter

This is nice! Gigi Hadid & Zayn Malik welcomed their Baby Girl Hadid-Malik last weekend [Celebitchy]

At Texas Monthly: Breaking the Barrier: The Road to Becoming a First-Generation Bull Rider

LOGISTICS: Emmys Behind the Scenes: ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Co-Head Writer Molly McNearney on What Went Right and What Didn’t [Variety]

At Vanity Fair: The Love Goddess: Rita Hayworth’s Tragic Quest

Lainey provides: Two Quiet Couples: An Update. The Adam Brody/Leighton Meester surfing pics are so cute! Plus, someone is pregnant!

Jason Priestley Gives Update On Shannen Doherty’s Health Amid Breast Cancer Battle. (Jason Priestley seems very invested in Shannen, as he is ALWAYS commenting on her Insta, which pleases me.) [Socialite Life]

Really interesting, from Anne Helen Peterson’s newsletter Culture Study: The contours of clergy burnout

This is fun, at Vulture: Why ‘Donna Martin Graduates’ Is the Essential Beverly Hills, 90210 Episode “You sound like Spiro Agnew.” (We have a giveaway of the book from which this is excerpted coming next week!)

At Vanity Fair: Reality TV’s New Reality in the COVID Era

I thought this was interesting: So Just How Bad is the North American Box Office Doing Right Now? [Pajiba]

At Collectors Weekly: In Their Own Words: Unpublished Children’s Notebooks Reveal Poignant View of History

We were on the With a Side of Knowledge podcast this week, talking about The Heir Affair and many other things! You can listen to it, or read the transcript, here!