Friday, April 20, 2018

Afternoon Tea (4/20/18)

How to be a Revolutionary War Spy Master

Service journalism: I Tasted 21 Little Debbie Snacks, and This Is the Best One

This film sounds fascinating: How a cowboy from South Dakota and a filmmaker from Beijing came together on the critically acclaimed indie 'The Rider'

I think I'll be skipping this one: Here’s What We Learned From Andrew Morton’s Book About Meghan Markle

MY FAVORITE: Divine Mystery: 10 Great Clerical Sleuths

Morning Coffee (4/20/18)

OKAY, there was once again a ton of news, but it's Friday so HAPPY LINKS ONLY.

Sen. Duckworth took her baby with her to the Senate for the first time yesterday and you must see her adorable tweet.

This is amazing: People Think Prince Harry Posed In A "Golden Girls" Sweatshirt On Meghan Markle's Deleted Instagram

I love this: Study Finds Women Who Were Into The X-Files Are More Likely to Work in STEM

Ooh: Right This Way! Fathom Events Will Bring BANDSTAND to the Big Screen!

Amazon is giving away nine free ebooks by non-US authors for World Book Day!

SKAM Austin is starting NEXT WEEK and I am not prepared.

I want them all: Fug Nation Loves Pool/Beach Totes!

This seems especially useful this week: The Best Bottles Of Whiskey For Under $20

Heh: Starting Today, Everyone Will Be Dressed Like a Picnic Blanket

Special beer created to celebrate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Afternoon Tea (4/19/18)

Two Black Parents of an Undiagnosed Child Walk Into a Meeting: On Race, Special Education, and Our Son’s IEP

Fascinating: Wittgenstein, Schoolteacher

Cold War Angst: The Iconography Of Peace In Spain During The 1980s

Why Do Fantasy Novels Have So Much Food?

10 Classic New England Thrillers

Weekly Rec: Shetland

I like the "fairly grim European mystery" genre of TV quite a lot in general, and Shetland is one of my recent favorites. It's based on a series of books by Ann (not of) Cleeves (I haven't read them yet but I want to!) about detective inspector Jimmy Perez, a police detective in the Shetland islands. The show has a nice mix of cases with character development and is slightly lighter than, say, Hinterland. (Which I also love!) The portrayal of the very specific Shetland culture is fascinating, and Perez's prickly but loving co-parenting relationship with the biological father of his late wife's daughter is a particular highlight.

In the U.S., the first three seasons of Shetland are on Netflix, and the fourth is currently being released on BritBox.

Morning Coffee (4/19/18)


Raúl Castro Prepares to Resign as Cuba’s President, Closing a Dynasty

This isn't shocking but it's still somehow shocking: In Closed-Door UN Meetings, Trump Administration Officials Pushed Abstinence For International Women’s Health Programs

Related: The Trump administration is paying Focus on the Family to stop the AIDS epidemic in South Africa

With... Cotton? What? White House Presses Vulnerable Dems on Pompeo Nomination

Good for her: Stormy Daniels to donate to Planned Parenthood in Trump and Cohen's names if she wins case: report

There’s an all-out war between the Republican governor and Republican attorney general in Missouri

I give up: Wu-Tang Clan recruits Comey (sort of) to recover mystery album

Harper’s Editor Says He Was Fired for Opposing Katie Roiphe Story

Ooh! Tonys: Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban to Co-Host 72nd Edition

Artificial intelligence is writing fairy tales now, and humanity is doomed

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Afternoon Tea (4/18/18)

Writing About the Ultimate Party Girl Made Me Realize How Much We Limit Women

A real-life Lord of the Flies: the troubling legacy of the Robbers Cave experiment

This essay by the daughter of a Russian Orthodox priest is fascinating and sad: My Father's Calling

An interesting piece on how to talk about women who dressed as men to serve in the military at various points in history: Monstrous Regiment

The Humble Potato Is Exalted in the Mountains of Peru

Morning Coffee (4/18/18)

It says something about yesterday's news cycle that I have TEN links tagged with my "urgent, put in the next post" tag. (It's rarely more than four.) Don't worry, I'll save a few for tomorrow so I can mix in SOMETHING different today.

Barbara Bush, Wife of 41st President and Mother of 43rd, Dies at 92

Oh no: NPR Newscaster Carl Kasell Dies At 84, After A Lifelong Career On-Air

Supreme Court strikes down as vague part of immigration law

I had already practically FORGOTTEN THIS HAPPENED and it was less than two weeks ago: Here’s Why Congressman Blake Farenthold Resigned So Abruptly

Sean Hannity’s Ties to Two More Trump-Connected Lawyers

California limits National Guard’s border mission, risking clash with Trump

GOOD: Sandy Hook Parents Sue Alex Jones for Defamation

Nothing could go wrong now: Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

Whoa: French Queen’s heart stolen from museum

Aw: Why Desiree Linden waited for Shalane Flanagan’s bathroom break

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Afternoon Tea (4/17/18)

I've known Ella Risbridger on Twitter for a bit and I'm very excited about her new column about living in the aftermath of heartbreak.

Now Is the Time to Read This Novel About the Early Days of the Third Reich

The Classist Implications of ‘Bad Skin’

This was FASCINATING and also led me down a 1920s figure skating rabbit hole: Mystery Man of the White House

Where the Pope Gets His Socks

Morning Coffee (4/17/18)

AHAHAHA: A federal judge forced Michael Cohen to reveal his secret client. It’s Sean Hannity.

Judge Says Trump and Cohen Can’t Yet Review Materials Seized by F.B.I.

I'm not quite optimistic enough to buy this, but it's an interesting read: Michael Cohen and the End Stage of the Trump Presidency

Ooh, Pulitzer winners!

This is important: Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis

Uh... Russian reporter Borodin dead after mystery fall

WHAT: Report: New Hampshire Youth Baseball Coaches Planned To Bean Their League's Lone Girl Player Into Quitting

Racist Terror Plot, or Just Idle Talk? Kansas Trial Hinges on the Answer


Ooh: ‘Downton Abbey’ Creator Julian Fellowes Developing Rothschild Dynasty Drama With Jemima Khan At Sky Atlantic