The latest sadness: Phillip Carter explains why gun control was the only way to stop the shooter in Las Vegas. Ben Mathis-Lilley looks at the political response and sees our reality: No unity, no resolve. Rachel Withers gathers up post-shooting articles that just won’t shed their relevance. And Marissa Martinelli reflects on a recent BoJack Horseman episode that bites deep today.
What MAGA looks like: Donald Trump’s statements about Puerto Rico over the weekend show that he is fulfilling his campaign promises to govern for white people, Jamelle Bouie argues. Scolding Puerto Ricans like a disappointed colonial administrator is par for the course (sorry, sorry).
In Spain: Why did Spanish police crack down on Catalans trying to vote in an independence referendum on Sunday? Isaac Chotiner interviews historian Sebastiaan Faber, who explains.
Next up for image rehab: Beloved Alexander Hamilton biographer/booster Ron Chernow has written a new book about U.S. Grant, and David Plotz thinks it’s wonderful.
Her strong start: Tammy Oler looks back at Kathryn Bigelow’s almost-30-year-old vampire movie Near Dark and finds it wonderfully made and strangely prescient.
For fun: Just Papyrus!