Friday, October 19, 2018

Afternoon Tea (10/19/18)

How an Unlikely Family History Website Transformed Cold Case Investigations

This Candidate Wants You to Read About Love and Politics

Hidden No More: Remembering Raye Montague, A Pioneering U.S. Naval Engineer

Aww, nice interview: Manta & Johnson skating this season for themselves

Huh, I didn't know about this: Propaganda Portraits of Muslim Rulers during WW2

Weekly Rec: The Silver Unicorn Bookstore

Once in a while I recommend something that's really only useful to local-ish folks and today is one of those days, so you're welcome or I'm sorry, depending on where you live!

We don't have a ton of independent bookstores in my part of the world (though where does, really?), so I'm delighted have discovered The Silver Unicorn Bookstore in Acton. It's been there for about six months, and it's got a nice selection of books for all ages plus the kind of cool gifty items you'd expect from an indie. And even better, they're doing lots of events - I've gone to one middle grade and one young adult event so far. The owner and all the staff I've encountered have been great, and they have a membership program I'm probably going to end up joining. Go check it out, and keep an eye on their calendar!

Morning Coffee (10/19/18)


If you'd like to spend your morning gazing at pictures of Harry and Meghan's current royal tour, the Fug Girls have you covered.

Whoa: Astronomers find most massive structure in the early universe

Norton Signs Graphic Memoir by Olympic Protest Hero Tommie Smith

Oooh, potential Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret movie!

Look at the cover and excerpt from Sandhya Menon's new book!

Oh yay! V.E. Schwab's long out-of-print debut is getting a gorgeous new release

I was wondering about this: The Inside Poop On 'Spoopy'

Pretty excited about Netflix's Christmas movies, especially the Kat Graham one!

What Does Your Favorite Shakespeare Play Say About You? (Richard II, and yeah, it's right on.)

I want all of the Nutcracker nail polish.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Afternoon Tea (10/18/18)

This piece by my friend Katie is very interesting: How the 2016 Election Changed the Plot of my Book

Those Raised Fists Still Resonate, 50 Years Later

When Sears Was Everywhere: Espionage, Politics and Fine Art

Witness to the killing

Astrology Is Hard, Even if It’s Fake

Morning Coffee (10/18/18)

Chilling: "The Trump administration and the Saudi royal family are searching for a mutually agreeable explanation for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi."

Audio Offers Gruesome Details of Jamal Khashoggi Killing, Turkish Official Says

THIS IS NOT GOOD: Ryan Zinke Has Fired the DOI Inspector General

If you're wondering what the deal is with the Proud Boys and Gavin McInnes, here's a good primer: Boys to Men

To Avoid Conflicts, Rick Scott Created a Trust Blind in Name Only

Ooh, this sounds interesting! Anna Burns Wins the Man Booker Prize for ‘Milkman’

Russian Orthodox church splits with Orthodoxy's leader in seismic rift over Ukraine

VERY SAD: Original Big Bird, Caroll Spinney, Leaves ‘Sesame Street’ After Nearly 50 Years

Good: Mary Bono, who had ties to a firm that helped protect Larry Nassar, is out as USA Gymnastics president

2018 is wild: Riverdale Actor Denies Conspiring With Courtney Love to Murder Frances Bean’s Ex-Husband

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Afternoon Tea (10/17/18)

Charlottesville’s Other Jim Crow Legacy: Separate and Unequal Education

What it’s like to fall 31 miles to Earth after your rocket fails

How Feminist Dystopian Fiction Is Channeling Women’s Anger and Anxiety

Sometimes You Just Have an Emotional Cold

A long-lived Spanish book and a short-lived English king

Morning Coffee (10/17/18)

Trump buys Saudi leader’s claim that he wasn’t involved in Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance

American Mercenaries Were Hired To Assassinate Politicians In The Middle East

Why Assad and Russia Target the White Helmets

Good: Time’s Up Co-Founder to Represent ‘Media Men’ List Creator

Progressives have nothing to learn from “nationalist” backlash politics

This is a really interesting piece about how political parties are perceived as gendered: Why Can’t Democrats Get Angry?

Well, this was predictable: Sex workers returned to SF streets after shut down

White Supremacists Still Have a Safe Space Online

Sommelier Cheating Scandal Leaves Bitter Taste In The Wine World

Aww: Two Women Left the Bachelor: Vietnam for Each Other and Are Now in a Relationship