Friday, May 18, 2018

Afternoon Tea (5/18/18)

This is fascinating: Ancient Rome’s Collapse Is Written Into Arctic Ice

The Last Ten Years of Royal Wedding Gowns

Read an exclusive excerpt of Alyssa Cole's A Duke by Default just in time for the royal wedding

Why Work When You Can Procrastibake?

The Drowning of Holly Roth

Morning Coffee (5/18/18)

Whew, time for a break for some happy Friday links.

Awesome: GLAAD to Publish LGBTQ Children’s Book Series, Starting With ‘Prince & Knight’

Whoa: While out for a jog, she discovered a baby buried alive. Twenty years later, they reunite

She's amazing: Katie Ledecky broke her own 1500m world record by 5 SECONDS like it was nothing

Scholastic to publish original Riverdale fiction and companion books

What . . . year is it? Backstreet Boys say fans 'might get two albums this year'

THIS IS SO CUTE (but I hope she still got her couch): How Two Writers Fell in Love on the 2007 Writers Strike Picket Line

Jasmine Guillory wrote a royal wedding-inspire short story.

And here's a very cute map of the royal wedding procession.

This is fun every year: Find Out What Your Name Would Be if You Were Born Today

Storybook Cosmetics Is Launching Star Wars Makeup Brushes That Look Like Little Lightsabers

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Afternoon Tea (5/17/18)

Her Darkest Role: Actress Allison Mack's Descent From 'Smallville' to Sex Cult

I love this: New York cabbies have a surprisingly wholesome secret: group chats

There's some interesting culinary history here: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Wedding Cake Breaks with Centuries of Royal Tradition

The Big Sleep Test

The Mysterious Death of Henriette, Duchesse d’Orléans

Morning Coffee (5/17/18)

! The Senate Just Voted to Bring Back Net Neutrality From the Dead

Michigan State University Reaches $500 Million Settlement With Nassar Abuse Victims

Pennsylvania Primaries Deliver Strong Wins for Democratic Women

The Trump Tower meeting at the center of the Russia investigation, explained

Tantalizing Testimony From a Top Trump Aide Sets Off a Search for Proof

In Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega bends to Catholic Church

"Incels aren’t really looking for sex; they’re looking for absolute male supremacy."

Bitcoin is consuming as much energy as the country of Ireland

“Yanny” vs. “Laurel”: your reality is an interpretation

Ooh, trailer for the new Man City show.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Afternoon Tea (5/16/18)

This Jurgen Klopp profile made me love him EVEN MORE, somehow: From Hong Kong to Kiev: At the end of the storm, there's a golden sky...

The Fug Girls, of course, have a fun recap of the Harry & Meghan Lifetime movie.

Shakespeare's Close Call with Tyranny

Why Don’t Straight Men List Books by Women in Their Online Dating Profiles?

I Don’t Know How to Waste Time on the Internet Anymore

Morning Coffee (5/16/18)

This is just evil: Trump administration preparing to hold immigrant children on military bases

WHAT A SHOCK: North Korea cancels talks with South, and hints it could do the same with US

Suspect Identified in C.I.A. Leak Was Charged, but Not for the Breach

Asian-Americans Blast John Kelly’s Remark About Immigrants Who ‘Don’t Integrate Well’

Tom Wolfe, Author of ‘The Right Stuff’ and ‘Bonfire of the Vanities,’ Dies

Want a taste of my anthology? Maureen Johnson defines resistance in exclusive essay from ‘How I Resist’ collection

! Researchers Uncover Two Hidden Pages in Anne Frank’s Diary

His ex's comment here is GREAT: David Letterman Just Can’t Figure Out Why He Never Had Women Writers

The fraught gender and racial politics of the royal wedding, explained

Wikipedia’s top-cited scholarly articles — revealed

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Afternoon Tea (5/15/18)

This whole thing is so fascinating: Body Con Job: Miquela Sousa has over 1 million followers on Instagram and was recently hacked by a Trump troll. But she isn’t real.

And this was way more dramatic than I expected: How the Author of ‘Madeline’ Created His Most Famous Character

The Curse of Cortés

What Snow White and the Evil Queen Taught Me About Desire

From the NYPL: A List Fit for a Royal Wedding

How I Resist is out today!

Well, today is finally the day! It's been - A WHILE; I just checked my email archives and we've been working on this for almost a year and a half, which isn't actually that long in book terms but STILL - and so it feels surreal that our anthology How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation is officially out in the world today. We have an amazing list of contributors (Jodi Picoult! Rosie O'Donnell! Jesse Tyler Ferguson! Jason Reynolds! Sabaa Tahir! LOTS MORE) and an awesome mix of content including inspirational personal essays, poetry, practical how-tos, and even cartoons and sheet music.

This book was a great outlet for me personally in the aftermath of the 2016 election - it gave me something concrete to do with all my sadness and rage, and now we have a tangible result, a REAL THING we made that I hope will bring other people comfort and hope and help. I love this book and I hope you do too.