Monday, December 10, 2018

Afternoon Tea (12/10/18)

This is fascinating: Black Lives and the Boston Massacre

Some Words Defy Translation. Angela Merkel Showed Why.

Ariana Grande and Priyanka Chopra don't need fans who send death threats. Fan culture needs a reboot.

Ooh, these all sound interesting: TBRainbow Alert: Heists, Thrillers, and Mysteries

The Playlist: Non-Christmas Music For The Holidays

Morning Coffee (12/10/18)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

An important refugee story: 'Death is waiting for him'

Republicans Are Using Potential GOP Election Crimes in North Carolina to Push for More Voter Suppression Measures

And: The Wisconsin power grab is part of a bigger Republican attack on democracy

Monumental Disaster at the Department of the Interior

Wow. Good for her for coming forward: Making President Trump’s Bed: A Housekeeper Without Papers

Democrats need some 2020 Senate candidates

In case this applies to anyone who hasn't seen it yet: Infant ibuprofen recall: Walmart, CVS Pharmacy and Family Dollar lots impacted

He's stepped down but this is still important: Oscars host Kevin Hart's homophobia is no laughing matter

‘Make better choices’: Endangered Hawaiian monk seals keep getting eels stuck up their noses and scientists want them to stop

Aaah, the new Les Miserables miniseries trailer looks so good!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Afternoon Tea (12/7/18)

This interview is a delight: Danielle Steel, The Bestselling Author Alive, On Writing 174 Books & Raising 9 Kids

How Pink Salt Took Over Millennial Kitchens

This history is fascinating: Away with the Faeries

"My plan was to write myself something like a sexy Christian version of a Sweet Valley High book."

A perfect headline: Some Russian Cats

Morning Coffee (12/7/18)

Time for Friday happy links!

This is AMAZING (though, obviously, the system requiring it is bad): 2 New Yorkers Erased $1.5 Million in Medical Debt for Hundreds of Strangers

EEEE COVER AND EXCERPT from Jasmine Guillory's new book!!!

And Taffy Brodesser-Akner has a book coming out too!

Rare white reindeer calf spotted on camera in Norway

Ooh: Jameela Jamil, Freida Pinto, Kal Penn, more cast in all-Indian Disney cartoon Mira, Royal Detective

Go vote in the Book Shimmy Awards!

Awww: Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson admit they've played with their Marvel action figures

Fug Nation Loves a Festive Red Tartan Skirt

QUIZ: Answer 4 Questions, Find Out Which 2018 YA Release You Should Read

Nice roundup: Homemade Food Gifts for a Deliciously DIY Holiday Season

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Afternoon Tea (12/6/18)

Jameela Jamil and the Trouble With #NoFilter Feminism

How A Corporation Convinced American Jews To Reach For Crisco

(Not?) Petrarch’s Cat

Opera 101

7 Real-Life Spy Stories for People Obsessed with John le Carré

The CORRECT List of Best Christmas Movies

As you may have seen, Vulture put out a list of the best Christmas movies of all time and IT IS VERY VERY WRONG. Here is the correct list, using their inclusion criteria. You're welcome.

10. Love Actually
9. Little Women
8. Carol
7. The Holiday
6. Christmas in Connecticut
5. Miracle on 34th Street
4. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
3. White Christmas
2. Goodfellas
1. The Muppet Christmas Carol

I am not taking questions at this time.

Morning Coffee (12/6/18)

This is important, from Jamelle Bouie: The Lame-Duck Power Grab

Wow, the Charlotte Observer: Hold a new election in NC’s tainted 9th District

Republicans Recommit to Trump's Impunity

Whoa: A Top Huawei Executive Is Arrested in Canada for Extradition to the U.S.

Hahahah remember how he was the cyber czar? Rudy Giuliani Says Twitter Sabotaged His Tweet. Actually, He Did It Himself.

DO BETTER, Durham! NH Town Denies Jewish Group's Request to Display Menorah

Les Moonves Obstructed Investigation Into Misconduct Claims, Report Says

Related: ‘If Bobbie Talks, I’m Finished’: How Les Moonves Tried to Silence an Accuser

As U.S.-China Trade War Rages, Some Australian Farmers See an Opportunity

Giving life to a woman found in a 4,250-year-old grave in Caithness