Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Afternoon Tea (8/21/18)

This is fascinating and I will definitely watch the movie that I'm sure is already in the works: Saving Lives With Tech Amid Syria’s Endless Civil War

The Greatest Upset in Quiz Show History

7 Spots in Singapore Every 'Crazy Rich Asians' Fan Needs to See

Crime [Fiction] in Closed Societies

Every time I watch a documentary I think "I should see more documentaries," so this looks useful: 18 New Documentaries to See in 2018

Morning Coffee (8/21/18)

Michael Cohen, Trump’s Ex-Lawyer, Investigated for Bank Fraud Over $20 Million

Korean Families, Separated for 6 Decades, Are Briefly Reunited

This study is fascinating: How Sexism Follows Women From the Cradle to the Workplace

Simone Biles wins every gold medal at U.S. Championships

Some great stuff here: Here are the winners of the 2018 Hugo Awards

Miss America: Leadership bullied, manipulated, silenced me

Aw, good for her. She was very good in Champions. My Name Is Josie Totah — And I'm Ready to Be Free

The caveats are important here, but this is still, you know, bad: Exclusive: Some Arctic Ground No Longer Freezing—Even in Winter

Ooh cool: A Walking Tour Discovered a Secret Section of the Berlin Wall 29 Years After Its Fall

Doctor Who Season Eleven Hires Diverse Group of Creatives, And We’re Thrilled

Monday, August 20, 2018

Afternoon Tea (8/20/18)

What Does Immersing Yourself in a Book Do To Your Brain?

This is a great essay and I'm excited to try Dead Air this week: Rachel Caine: Dead Air, And Abstract Darkness

Finding It Hard to Focus? Maybe It’s Not Your Fault

I always love these: How I Get It Done: Samantha Bee

Ooh fun! All the World’s a Crime: Thrillers From Around the Globe

Morning Coffee (8/20/18)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

This is a big, important report: Ambushed at Home: Children poisoned by lead on U.S. Army bases as hazards go ignored

Putin Is Building a Bosnian Paramilitary Force

Nothing matters! “Truth isn’t truth”: Rudy Giuliani offers a new explanation of why Trump shouldn’t talk to Mueller

Appeals board says woman who disparaged Mexicans can't claim jobless benefits by citing Trump

The audience at my screening went WILD for this, as well they should: Crazy Rich Asians’ mid-credits scene is brief, but very revealing

Well this is terrible! New Service Promises to Manipulate Your Wife Into Having Sex With You

I don't usually watch talk shows but I LOVE HER: Busy Philipps' Talk Show Busy Tonight to Premiere Oct. 28 on E!

Where's The Beef? Wyoming Ranchers Bet On Blockchain To Track It

Interesting: Disney Finds It's Not So Easy to Sue Over Knockoff Characters at Birthday Parties

‘Death and Nightingales’: First-Look At BBC Two Period Drama Starring Jamie Dornan & Matthew Rhys

Friday, August 17, 2018

Afternoon Tea (8/17/18)

Talk Nerdy To Me: Seven STEM Romances

Chocolate-Making Is Secretive. This Chocolatier Isn’t.

Bernstein on Bach

The Strange Infinities of e-Commerce

Signs of different times: French First World War posters

Morning Coffee (8/17/18)

Time to take a break for Friday happy links!

Okay, first one that isn't EXACTLY happy, but very hopeful: ‘City Of Joy’ Trailer: Netflix Documentary Looks At Remarkable Women’s Center In East Congo

This production sounds great: In This ‘Oklahoma!,’ She Loves Her and He Loves Him

Tyler Hoechlin is doing a rom-com with Alexandra Daddario!!

Look at these delightful new Georgette Heyer covers!

Ally Carter on a decade in YA and her advice-driven new book Dear Ally

You will enjoy this list of things people have asked for at a library circulation desk.

Has ever the name of a skin care product been so appealing? No. The New boscia Rosewater Mist With Witch Hazel Does It All

This is adorable: Seth Rogen’s Mom Is Twitter’s Ultimate Jewish Mother

The One 'Cure-all' Beauty Product Meghan Markle Always Packs Is Only $10

I'm not even into Hello Kitty but this Converse collaboration is very cute.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Afternoon Tea (8/16/18)

This report on how murders of trans people are handled is really important: Deadnamed

When a Stranger Decides to Destroy Your Life

Every word of this is true: Open floor plans are terrible for entertaining

The Most Daring Impostors in Fiction

Alewives: The Women Who Crafted Beer and Split Hell Wide Open

Weekly Rec: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I should start this by saying: Yes, I read the book. But I read it years ago, not long after it came out, which is really the best way to do the book/movie thing, I think: I remembered enough to know I liked it but not enough to get upset about any changes in adaptation.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, now streaming on Netflix in the U.S., is the story of a British writer just after WWII who starts corresponding by chance with a man on Guernsey and travels there with the intention of writing an article about the book club the Guernsey residents started while their island was occupied by the Nazis. It's a love story and a friendship story, a writing story, a story about war and community and secrets, about feminism and fulfillment and self-determination and creating family.

And in almost all ways, this adaptation was just delightful. The cast was great - yes, about half of it you've seen on Downton Abbey - with Lily James doing a good job in the lead and Matthew Goode (of course) particularly notable as her editor/longtime best friend. The score was beautiful, the scenery and cinematography gorgeous. And it all just worked together wonderfully; I watched this together long-distance with a friend, texting back and forth, and much of our obviously very erudite commentary was along the lines of "I JUST LOVE THIS SO MUCH???" It's that kind of movie. Give yourself a treat this weekend and take a few hours out of your life and watch it with a friend.

Okay:

There were two things that disappointed me, but they're both a bit spoilery, so this is your warning! Stop reading here if you don't want to know plot details!

1. There's a romance involving an occupying German soldier, and yes, I know that happened in real life, but I'd really rather we center stories that are NOT "hey look, a good Nazi," especially given, you know, everything.

2. In the book, a gay character has a partner, but that's taken away and he's single in the movie.