Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Afternoon Tea (9/18/18)

Essential: It happened there: how democracy died in Hungary

What 13,000 Patents Involving the DNA of Sea Life Tell Us About the Future

The Tiny Blond Bible Teacher Taking on the Evangelical Political Machine

Sarah Weinman's Life of Crime

I hate this font: Why bouncy, hyper-feminine script is the font of choice for bridesmaid gifts and novelty wine glasses

Morning Coffee (9/18/18)

This from Hillary is great, of course: American Democracy Is in Crisis

Ugh, of course: Trump to Cap Refugees Allowed Into U.S. at 30,000, a Record Low

Hearing Set for Monday to Hear Kavanaugh and His Accuser

Alumnae Of Christine Blasey Ford’s High School Circulate Letter Of Support

Alexandra Petri, perfect as usual: Every man should be worried. At least, I’m worried.

Gross: Ted Cruz Campaign Is Mailing Donation Requests Disguised as Legal Summonses

Here are the Emmy winners!

Aaah, Mary Poppins Returns trailer!!

I've read this book and it is SOOOO good, EEEE: Exclusive cover reveal and excerpt: ‘Red, White & Royal Blue’ by Casey McQuiston

In wake of suit against New York City Ballet, audiences and funders should demand answers

Monday, September 17, 2018

Afternoon Tea (9/17/18)

He Led Female Students On Trips Abroad. Then, He Introduced Sex ‘Ceremonies.’

Three Blockbuster Novels From the 1950s, and Their Remarkable Afterlife

Finland is getting into gender-neutral shopping. Will the rest of the world be next?

The Last Glass Blowers of Herat

An Artist in the Attic: Women and the House of Commons in the Early-Nineteenth Century

Morning Coffee (9/17/18)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

California professor, writer of confidential Brett Kavanaugh letter, speaks out about her allegation of sexual assault

A woman’s daring escape from a Border Patrol agent helped reveal a ‘serial killer,’ police say

The tyranny of the majority isn’t a problem in America today. Tyranny of the minority is.

I generally like John Kerry but this was bad: John Kerry criticized for saying Trump has ‘the insecurity of a teenage girl’

California Governor Jerry Brown Says State Will Launch Its Own Pollution Monitoring Satellite

New York Philharmonic Dismisses 2 Players for Unspecified Misconduct Including the principal oboist! Four days before opening night! With a new conductor!

A solar observatory in New Mexico is evacuated for a week and the FBI is investigating. No one will say why.

GLOW's Shauna Duggins Is the First Woman to Win an Emmy for Stunt Coordination

I'm not usually much of a graphic novel reader but I'm excited for this: Rainbow Rowell unveils cover for first graphic novel, illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks

Archaeologists discover ancient sphinx in Egypt

Friday, September 14, 2018

Afternoon Tea (9/14/18)

Justice for Clara: Happy Birthday, Clara Schumann

How do you choose an outfit for a fictional character? 5 authors explain.

I loved it there: Ireland’s Aran Islands, Hiding in Plain Sight

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir: “The perfect partnership”

An Open Letter To My Failed Goodreads Challenge

Morning Coffee (9/14/18)

Time for Friday happy links!

!!! Sony Pictures Television Sets First Look Deal with Ripped Bodice Bookstore Owners

The 2018 National Book Awards Longlist: Nonfiction

This whole story is amazing: 'So shocked': customer wins bookshop in raffle

About time!! Hallmark Casts First Christmas Movies With Black Leads: Christina Milian, Jerrika Hinton Star

Ooh, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina teaser!

Netflix Lands Jennifer Aniston Dramedy 'Dumplin''

Missing dress owned by Queen Alexandra found in attic

Very cute: Cath Kidston Enchants With a New Disney Collection Inspired by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Just in time for holiday gifting: Duchess of Sussex’s dog, Guy gets children’s book

I barely wear hats but this is very compelling: 5 Reasons You Need the 21-Color Slouch Hat

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Afternoon Tea (9/13/18)

Meet the Jewish Crime Writer Who Uncovered the True Story of Lolita

The Unjustly Overlooked Victorian Novelist Elizabeth Gaskell

Beauty or Beast? Iceland Quarrels Over an Invasive Plant

My Queer Chinese Comrades, in My Mother Tongue

Charles Minard’s Classic Infographic Shows the True Human Cost of Napoleon’s Invasion of Russia

Weekly Rec: Josh & Hazel's Guide to Not Dating

The world is terrible. Kind of even more so this week than usual, even! So wouldn't you like a great romance to escape into for a few hours? Christina Lauren's new book Josh & Hazel's Guide to Not Dating is PERFECT for that. It's about college acquaintances who meet again as adults and decide they're going to become best friends and set each other up on double blind dates. That goes . . . about as well as you'd guess. If you like the best-friends-to-lovers trope, this is a delightful one, with an interesting heroine, a refreshingly THOROUGHLY DECENT love interest, and well-drawn supporting characters. It will even make you forget about our current hellscape for a little while. Enjoy!