Pope Francis meets with everyone. Credit: Agência Brasil

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

Hey, did you read:  

• About how the Supreme Court justices spent their summer vacations—Kate Schmidt

• This facial feedback hypothesis on smiling? —Sue Kwong

• The Vatican’s official statement regarding Pope Francis’s meeting with Kim Davis? —Philip Montoro 

• About declining interest in e-books—Aimee Levitt

• Brad Leithauser on John Updike, in particular his “naked poetry” (e.g., “Fellatio,” “Two Cunts in Paris,” “The Beautiful Bowel Movement”)? —Kate Schmidt

• That a county sheriff’s office in Santa Cruz is testing new tech that, via an officer’s cell phone, alerts dispatchers when a deputy’s gun is unholstered or fired? —Ryan Smith