Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Afternoon Tea (6/20/18)

25 Great Books by Refugees in America

The Problem with Redemption

American PR Professionals Helped Sell the Nazi Regime to the United States

How Ketchup Revolutionized How Food Is Grown, Processed and Regulated

Wait, what? Why Alex Jones, Mike Cernovich, and Joe Rogan Are All Selling Skin Care

Morning Coffee (6/20/18)

If you're looking for a way to help the victims of Trump's family separation policies, join me at Kid Lit Says No Kids In Cages.

And then find your local Families Belong Together event.

Welp: “A cesspool of political bias”: the US announces it’s quitting the UN Human Rights Council

Exclusive: how asylum officers are being told to implement Sessions’s new rules

More than 600 United Methodists file formal church complaint against Jeff Sessions

And: Jeff Sessions tries to beat back Nazi comparisons, gets literally everything wrong

Meanwhile here in Nashua: Former BOE president sues city for $1.5M

Good: Federal judge blocks Arkansas law that effectively bans medication abortion

AMAZING: Kris Kobach ordered to attend legal classes for violating basic legal concepts

!!! Royal family's first same-sex wedding announced for queen's cousin

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Afternoon Tea (6/19/18)

I recommend reading this even if you don't care about the World Cup: I've Got Some Things to Say

Erdogan’s Plan to Raise a ‘Pious Generation’ Divides Parents in Turkey

In Conversation With Mary Beard: The Cambridge classicist on misogyny, power, and the future of women in the public sphere.

Feminize Your Canon: Olivia Manning

The Cheese Photographer We’re Obsessed With

Morning Coffee (6/19/18)

This is evil and terrifying: The Government Has No Plan for Reuniting the Immigrant Families It Is Tearing Apart

U.N. Rights Chief Tells U.S. to Stop Taking Migrant Children From Parents

I don't say this often, but good for her: Laura Bush: Separating children from their parents at the border ‘breaks my heart’

Texas deputy sexually assaulted undocumented immigrant's child, sheriff says

Hundreds March To Texas Tent City Holding Detained Immigrant Kids

Supreme Court Leaves 'Wild West' Of Partisan Gerrymandering In Place — For Now

As Europe’s Liberal Order Splinters, Trump Wields an Ax

Trump says crime in Germany is way up. German statistics show the opposite.

Amazon Shareholders Call for Jeff Bezos to Stop Selling Facial Recognition to Police

This was good: Dear Businesslady: On Emotional Labor and Regular Labor

Monday, June 18, 2018

Afternoon Tea (6/18/18)

This profile was fascinating: Lionel Messi: traitor to some, genius to all and carrying the heaviest burden

Ella Risbridger's column on grief continues to be great: Every day, in imperceptibly tiny ways, I become someone he never knew

Comforting Myths

Only 6 People In The World Know The Recipe For Portugal's Famous Tarts

Mary Robie and the Didactic Qualities of Reading Fiction

Morning Coffee (6/18/18)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

Let's start the week with some good news that is . . . obviously not from this country. Spain Sets a New Benchmark in Gender Equality: A Cabinet That's 65% Women

Two important pieces from Dahlia Lithwick: It’s All Too Much, and We Still Have to Care

And: Here’s How You Can Help Fight Family Separation at the Border

Extinguishing the Beacon of America

Documents Shed Light On Decision To Add Census Citizenship Question

Oh good: DNC Quietly Adopts Ban On Fossil Fuel Company Donations

Cecile Richards: Conservatives are fighting to roll back abortion rights. And they're winning — but not for long

All Politics Is National Because All Media Is National

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has been charged with criminal fraud

Ooh: Possible discovery of prehistoric settlement near Thurso

Friday, June 15, 2018

Afternoon Tea (6/15/18)

This story of an Italian cheese-making family was FASCINATING: The Burrata Brothers

Yet again, Alyssa Cole's romance recommendation horoscopes are the only astrology-type thing I care about.

“Younger” Is “Gossip Girl” for the Publishing Industry

Why Harry Potter’s Witch Hats Disappeared and Jedis Wear Robes

From the Fug Girls: The 32 Hottest Players at World Cup 2018: One Very Good Reason to Follow Each Country

Morning Coffee (6/15/18)

Phew, time for some Friday happy links.

THIS IS AMAZING: High school pitcher holds off celebrating so he can console childhood friend

As corporate gimmicks go, I like this one: Country Time Takes a Stand with Legal-Ade

!! KFC Will Test Vegetarian ‘Fried Chicken,’ Original Herbs and Spices Included

Excited about this: The Eldest Curses: Cassandra Clare teases what to expect from hot new series

And this: New details of Marlon James' epic, Game of Thrones-tinged fantasy series announced

Aaaah: Watch Domhnall Gleeson face off against a haunted 18th-century estate in The Little Stranger trailer (I just realized that I read half of that book and then it had to go back to the library and I never finished? I SHOULD DO THAT.)

7 Best Cheeses to Melt on Your Burger

Oprah Said She Invited Meghan Markle's Mom To Lunch At Her House And Gave Her Kumquats

Can You Recognize These Very Dark TV Dramas?

Hmm: 'Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan': First Look at the Official Trailer for the Amazon Series

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Afternoon Tea (6/14/18)

Vice sounds just as terrible as I'd always assumed: A Company Built on a Bluff

Football in Crimea: the club split in two by Russia's invasion

Inside the Strict, Unspoken Dress Code for Women Political Candidates

The ghostwriter of Younger's fictional novel Marriage Vacation speaks out

Among Catalan Winemakers, Separatism Uncorked

Weekly Rec: The Beach Boys with The Royal Philharmonic

Does your summer - and this WEEK, God - need a blast of PURE JOY? Go listen to this new album, which has Beach Boys songs with new orchestral backing tracks by the Royal Philharmonic. It's such an interesting exercise - especially because they didn't replace the original instruments, as I'd feared, but rather layered in the orchestra behind them, so these versions of the songs are incredibly rich and lush. Some of them work better than others (and a few of the songs I'm sure I've never heard before - "Disney Girls"???) but as a whole it's a delightful listening experience. "Here Today" and "Fun, Fun, Fun" are particularly great. You can get the album from Amazon or listen on Spotify (also embedded below). Enjoy!

Morning Coffee (6/14/18)

She says federal officials took her daughter while she breastfed the child in a detention center

Welp: Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen likely to cooperate as his attorneys leave case, sources say

Oh: Fox News now says criticizing Kim Jong Un amounts to criticizing Trump

This is NOT NORMAL: Trump Appointee Compiles Loyalty List of U.S. Employees at U.N., State

Nor is this: US launches bid to find citizenship cheaters

The fight over preexisting conditions is back. Here’s why the Obamacare battle won’t end.

Okay, some good news: The raccoon was okay.

PLEASE: Snitch tagging is ruining Twitter. Stop it.

Ooh, drama: German whisky Glen Buchenbach 'may mislead buyers into thinking it's scotch'

From Slavery to Sainthood: Julia Greeley Is the First Person to Be Entombed in Denver Cathedral

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Afternoon Tea (6/13/18)

The Deadly Incel Movement’s Absurd Pop Culture Roots

Colonialism did not just create slavery: it changed geology

A queer, diverse Nancy Drew: is this how to keep children's classics alive?

John Adams: A Liberal Congregationalist and the American Revolution

When Salad Was Manly AF

Morning Coffee (6/13/18)

Once again, SO MUCH NEWS.

Trump Was Outfoxed in Singapore

This piece on Trump and North Korea has some very good stuff from Chris Murphy.

Canada parliament condemns U.S. attack on Trudeau, country simmers

I..... President Trump Made a Fake Movie Trailer for Kim Jong Un with the Two Leaders as Heroes

Trump Campaign Manager Wants CNN Reporter Jim Acosta’s Credentials Stripped

The Trump Administration Is Completely Unravelling the U.S. Asylum System

Exclusive: Trump looking to erect tent cities to house unaccompanied children

Wow: Senior Justice Dept. lawyer resigns after shift on Obamacare

Chile sexual abuse scandal: pope accepts resignations of bishops

New Clues Emerge in Search for Stolen Caravaggio

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Afternoon Tea (6/12/18)

Writing a romance novel with an autistic heroine helped Helen Hoang understand herself

Fear, loneliness, and duty — an American journalist on daily life in North Korea (I recommend her book as well!)

For Pride Month, the Medieval manuscripts blog has an interesting piece on medieval rainbows.

My Visit to the World’s First Gym for Your Face

You Love Wine Science Until it Detracts From the Magic in Your Glass

Morning Coffee (6/12/18)

So much terrible news, I barely know where to start!

Sessions Says Domestic Violence Is Not Grounds for Asylum

Supreme Court upholds Ohio’s way of removing infrequent voters from rolls

Web of elite Russians met with NRA execs during 2016 campaign

A Senior White House Official Defines the Trump Doctrine: ‘We’re America, Bitch’

Turns out I'm not actually unshockable yet: "But White House aides realized early on that they were unable to stop Trump from ripping up paper after he was done with it and throwing it in the trash or on the floor, according to people familiar with the practice. Instead, they chose to clean it up for him, in order to make sure that the president wasn’t violating the law."

Flu Season Breaks Record As Deadliest for Children, Most of Whom Weren't Vaccinated

The Reporter Who Exposed New York Times Star Glenn Thrush's Sexual Misconduct Says She Was the Victim of a Smear Campaign

Sweet Talk: FDA's 'Added Sugar' Label Hits Sour Note With Maple Syrup Makers

Two in one: a newly-identified bilingual papyrus

Heh: Of Course A Yankees Batter Found The Open Bullpen Door In The Mets Outfield

Monday, June 11, 2018

Afternoon Tea (6/11/18)

The Quiet Rage of Mazie Hirono

Why minor league baseball players haven't unionized

I liked this essay about routines: I Eat My Salad First

Literature's Great Con Artists

Campania's Secret Mozzarella

Morning Coffee (6/11/18)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

This is an important read from Adam Serwer: Just Say It's Racist

'Your Children Are Safe': A Town In Wales Welcomes Refugees From Syria

Donald Trump Is Getting Away With the Biggest Scandal in American History

Democratic women running for office are overperforming in 2018, in one chart

'Boston Review' Poetry Editors Resign over Díaz

Good for them: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir: Make amateur sports a safe space for every athlete

Cryptocurrency theft malware is now an economy worth millions

Archaeologists start a new hunt for the fabled Lost Colony of the New World

YEP: Dear Conference Organizers: You’re Doing Chairs Wrong

Hmm, Girl in the Spider's Web trailer. I'd forgotten they're skipping to the new books; I need to catch up.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Afternoon Tea (6/8/18)

Wheee, the Times' Summer Reading Guide is always fun.

Fascinating: Cold War-era office posters from NSA’s archives shows a hundred ways to say “shhh”

The Surprising Literary History of Skin Care

History’s Greatest Potato Promoter Relied on Science and Stunts

How Instagram Threads Became the WikiHow for Gen Z

Alternate Universe Beach Boys

THIS IS VERY WEIRD.

Morning Coffee (6/8/18)

Time for some happy Friday links!

VERY EXCITED TO SEE THIS: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir to co-produce their own cross-Canada ‘thank-you’ tour

This is great: Baltimore's Pratt Library goes fine free for overdue books

I kind of can't believe this didn't exist yet: Official Sherlock escape room to open in London this fall

Awesome: Coming Soon to B&N Stores: Cassandra Clare Picks Your Next YA Reads

...huh! Sara Bareilles-J.J. Abrams Musical Dramedy Gets Apple Series Pickup

Ooh, I needed this: Fug Nation Loves Cute Work Tops!

The Vast World of Islam, in 300 Recipes

Who Said It: Philip and Elizabeth From The Americans or Philip and Elizabeth From The Crown?

THIS IS QUITE THE CAST.

Useful! Ask the Monger: How Long Can Cheese Sit Out of the Fridge?

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Afternoon Tea (6/7/18)

The Fiends and the Folk Heroes of Grifter Season

11 New YA Novels With Queer Characters To Read This Pride Month

As always, this series is DELIGHTFUL: JD and Kate Visit the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum

I need to watch ALL of these: Beautiful People in European Villas: a Film Genre of Its Own

Obsessed: The World's Largest Cookbook Collection

Weekly Rec: One Good Earl Deserves a Lover

One of my good friends reads a lot more historical romance than I do, which is great for me, because when I'm in the mood I can just get recommendations from her and not have sift through for quality myself. She told me to read this one because it starts with the heroine correcting the hero's math, and that is basically my IDEAL meet-cute. And this did not disappoint - it had a smart, nerdy heroine, in a way that didn't feel anachronistic, and a complicated hero who had to work through his issues. Plus a heist! Sort of! I don't want to spoil but that part toward the end was DELIGHTFUL.

By coincidence, I heard Sarah MacLean on a panel on Romance and Resistance at BookCon as I was in the middle of reading this, and she was GREAT on it, so I'm delighted to have liked this book and am looking forward to reading more of her work, especially given what she said about how the 2016 election made her think about her characters and especially her powerful male character differently.

Morning Coffee (6/7/18)

Amazing: ‘Not a swimming place for Nazis’: A far-right lawmaker had his clothes stolen at the lake

California Judge Will Lose His Job Over 6-Month Sentence in Stanford Sexual Assault Case

Wouldn't it be nice to think any of this might matter? Ivanka Trump Was In Contact With A Russian Who Offered A Trump-Putin Meeting

... Exclusive: Trump invokes War of 1812 in testy call with Trudeau over tariffs (Invokes it INCORRECTLY, we should say.)

California’s Primary Shows A Blue Wave Of Progressive Democrats Isn't A Sure Thing

The NFL Is Too Dumb To Realize That Donald Trump Is Never Going To Stop With This Shit

Good for them: The New Yorker has formed a union.

Inside the Modern-Day Underground Railroad for Abortions

Ooh, interesting: Harlequin Teen Rebrands

Remains of 14th-Century Village in New Zealand Tells Tales of Māori History

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Afternoon Tea (6/6/18)

Body Positivity Is a Scam

Hidden figures: the importance of remembering black classicists

Vladimir Nabokov Taught Me How to Be a Feminist

A Scrappy Makeover for a Tweedy Literary Fixture

A Journey Into the Righteous, Risk-Averse World of Faith-Based Films

Morning Coffee (6/6/18)

Mueller Accuses Paul Manafort of Attempted Witness Tampering

Oh: Betsy DeVos says safety committee formed after school shootings won't study guns

UN office calls on US to stop separating families at border

“Senator Merkley and his staff saw children in cages.”

I don't even know what to say anymore: Scott Pruitt enlisted an EPA aide to help his wife find a job — with Chick-fil-A

I'm so sad to hear of Kate Spade's death, and this piece is great: Kate Spade’s aesthetic was the happy answer to fashion snobbery

Drug prices soar in Medicare despite fewer prescriptions

The Network: Russia’s Odd, Brutal, and Maybe Invented Pre-World Cup Terrorism Case

Miss America Says Farewell To Its Swimsuit Competition, Embracing 'Whole New Era'

This 4,000-Year-Old Jar Contains Italy’s Oldest Olive Oil

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Afternoon Tea (6/5/18)

Lee Pace Came Out Seven Times a Week. Then He Came Out for Real.

Maria Sharapova's Rivalry With Serena Williams Is In Her Head

This added so many things to my TBR list: Our Most Anticipated LGBTQAP YA Books of 2018: July–December

Joan Quigley, Ronald Reagan’s Guide to the Stars

A Cultural History of Hideous Sandals

Morning Coffee (6/5/18)

In Narrow Opinion, Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Baker Over Same-Sex Couple

Protesters Demand Audit of Hurricane Maria Death Toll in Puerto Rico

Oh good: Judge orders Maine to implement voter-approved Medicaid expansion

This is terrible: Police investigated Bruce McArthur for months before telling public there was no evidence of serial killer

Good for them: Marjory Stoneman Douglas students to embark on summer tour

Amazing: Crowd cheers when valedictorian quotes Trump. Then reveals it was Obama

Wow: Howard Schultz, architect of modern Starbucks, to step down as executive chairman

WHAT: Woody Allen Says He Should Be ‘Poster Boy for the #MeToo Movement’

I wish this were more surprising than it is: Researcher finds skull in Philadelphia Quaker library display case

Who Owns the New Land Created By a Volcano in Hawaii?

Monday, June 4, 2018

Afternoon Tea (6/4/18)

The Great Breakup: The First Arrivals to the Americas Split Into Two Groups

The Chefs We Don't See

How Much Should the Met Cost You?

I don't even follow basketball but this is QUITE A STORY: The Curious Case of Bryan Colangelo and the Secret Twitter Account

Intrigue and the Cold War: Books to Read if You Love ‘The Americans’

Morning Coffee (6/4/18)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

Uh: Giuliani: Trump Could Have Shot Comey And Still Couldn’t Be Indicted For It

OF COURSE: What Happened to Jill Stein’s Recount Millions?

State Websites Are Hackable — And That Could Compromise Election Security

The Media’s Undeniable Pro-Trump Bias

Heh: Jeff Sessions no longer sparks joy

The sin of silence: The epidemic of denial about sexual abuse in the evangelical church

Trump’s Loudest Anti-Muslim Twitter Troll Is A Shady Vegan Married To An (Ousted) WWE Exec

Welp: Seniors Are More Conservative Because the Poor Don’t Survive to Become Seniors

New Rainbow Rowell book cover??

Friday, June 1, 2018

Afternoon Tea (6/1/18)

This story is WILD: Maybe She Had So Much Money She Just Lost Track of It

Adorable: Engaged Coauthors Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka on the Young Love Story Behind Always Never Yours

Whoa: Spoonfuls Of Stonehenge: Modern Ice Cream Flavors Inspired By History

RFK, in Arthur Schlesinger’s Words

Aunties I Have Loved and Hated (Sometimes at the Same Time)

Morning Coffee (6/1/18)

Time for a break for some Friday happy links!

Heh: U.S. Geological Survey Answers Volcano-Marshmallow Question

18 Books We Can’t Wait to Read This Summer

Whoa: Carvel's Fudgie the Whale ice cream cake is now also a beer

Hear punk rock group The Regrettes cover 'Helpless' in latest Hamilton remix

Good for them: H&M Is Launching Its First-Ever Pride Collection

A good read for Book Expo week: How a book can become a hit before it’s even finished

This looks like a good series: Introducing Her Story: Ladies In Literature 2018

Hmm: J.Crew Will Relaunch This Fall

These sound great: Irving Berlin for Kids

Cute: These Little Mermaid Makeup Brushes Are Fin-tastic

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Afternoon Tea (5/31/18)

Escape from the Nazis: Anna Seghers’s Suspenseful Classic

Who’s The Best Formula One Driver Of All Time?

Mormon Funeral Potatoes: The Carb-Heavy Meal For The End of The World

The mystical expatriates and the invention of Californian spirituality

When Paper Clothing Was the Perfect Fit

Morning Coffee (5/31/18)

THIS IS WILD: Arkady Babchenko: Ukraine faked murder of journalist

Trump Asked Sessions to Retain Control of Russia Inquiry After His Recusal ...and now Mueller is investigating THAT, because this is a crazy endless loop.

Harvey Weinstein Indicted by New York Grand Jury

The horrifying sexual misconduct allegations against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, explained

2018! The Trump–Kim Kardashian meeting, explained

LAPD begins sweeping criminal probe of former USC gynecologist while urging patients to come forward

This is INSANE and I feel like there has to be more to the story: Accountant embezzled $3.4M from famed literary agency

Wow: Five Blood Transfusions, One Bone Marrow Transplant — All Before Birth

This sounds like a trap: Great White Sharks Have A Secret 'Cafe,' And They Led Scientists Right To It

Huh: Hailee Steinfeld to Star in Emily Dickinson Comedy Series for Apple

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Afternoon Tea (5/30/18)

The Cultural Vandalism of Jeffrey Tambor

The Lost Maidens of Berlin

“Once Upon a Time” and Other Formulaic Folktale Flourishes

The Factory That Oreos Built

12 Mystery Novels for Fans of Literary Fiction

Morning Coffee (5/30/18)

Study Puts Puerto Rico Death Toll From Hurricane Maria Near 5,000

ABC cancels Roseanne following “abhorrent, repugnant” comment from Roseanne Barr

After Supreme Court Decision, Arkansas May Lose All But One of Its Remaining Abortion Clinics

The Trump effect: New study connects white American intolerance and support for authoritarianism

Heh: Sinkhole Thwarted in Attempt to Swallow White House Into Depths of Hell

Wow: ‘Active Shooter’ Video Game That Allows Player To Be School Shooter Denounced By Mass Shooting Families

Intel faces age discrimination allegations following layoffs

Archaeologists uncover remains of man crushed as he fled Pompeii

This seems like such a weird choice: ‘Hair Live!’ Is Coming to NBC in 2019

A Tennis Player Seized His Last-Minute Chance To Play In The French Open, Drove 10 Hours To Paris, And Won

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Afternoon Tea (5/29/18)

Under The Skin: Why That 'Arrested Development' Interview Is So Bad

Searching for Dinosaurs in a Seaside English Town

Will Shoppers Ever Really Care About Sustainability?

Finding the Backdrop of ‘Gatsby’ in Connecticut, Not Long Island

Will the real Venerable Bede please stand up?

Morning Coffee (5/29/18)

Asylum seekers have flooded into Canada. The government is putting them to work.

After Ireland Abortion Vote, Northern Irish Ask, ‘Why Not Us?’

North Korea Nuclear Disarmament Could Take 15 Years, Expert Warns

This sounds like the worst TV season ever: ‘The only one’: In new West Wing season, Trump calls the shots and aides follow

The NFL’s “take a knee” ban is flatly illegal

Three Younger Veterans Stake a Generational Claim on the Democratic Party

Interesting interview: Chelsea Clinton: ‘I’ve had vitriol flung at me for as long as I can remember’

SO EXCITED: Tana French previews her thrilling new mystery The Witch Elm

‘Sesame Street’ Has Filed A Lawsuit Against The Raunchy Puppets Of ‘The Happytime Murders’

Heh: Rudy Giuliani went to watch baseball on his birthday and Yankees fans gave him the gift of boos

Friday, May 25, 2018

Afternoon Tea (5/25/18)

Warning: This will make you want ice cream. Next Stop, Summer: A Day Aboard a Mister Softee Truck

These are great choices: 'From Twinkle, With Love' Author Sandhya Menon Shares Her 5 Favorite Young Adult Rom-Coms

Get Schooled on the History of Where ‘Grease’ Was Really Filmed

Dublin's ghost signs: preserving a city's fading memories

I have never clicked on anything so quickly as a look inside Evelyn Waugh's Georgian mansion.

Morning Coffee (5/25/18)

There is SO MUCH NEWS but it is Friday and so we have happy links, darn it.

Perhaps your Friday needs the Fug Girls' royal wedding coverage: Happily Ever After: A One-Stop Guide to Our Coverage of Meghan & Harry’s Royal Wedding

Whoa: USPS Is Issuing Its First Scratch-and-Sniff Stamps This Summer

Are rom-coms coming back? Please say rom-coms are coming back: Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder are adorably awkward in Destination Wedding trailer

! Idris Elba to Tackle 'Hunchback of Notre Dame' for Netflix

!! 'The Baby-Sitters Club' Series Being Shopped for TV Adaptation

The Beatles get onboard in exclusive trailer for Yellow Submarine graphic novel

Hee: Scientists to lead DNA hunt for Loch Ness monster

Haunting Timelapse Shows Hawaii’s Glowing Kilauea Volcano From Above

Huh: Jennifer Beals-Inspired YA Novel Set for 2019

I don't swim enough to justify buying this, but it's cool: These Cargo ‘Swimmables’ Matte Liquid Lipsticks Will Hold Up To A Dip In The Pool

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Afternoon Tea (5/24/18)

Philip Roth, a Born Spellbinder and Peerless Chronicler of Sex and Death

And: If You’ve Never Read Philip Roth’s Books, Here’s Where to Start

What My Tribal ID Can Tell Me About Being Wampanoag, and What It Can’t

Can Department Stores Fix the Beauty Floor?

Your Next Favorite European Wine Region Isn’t in France, Italy or Spain

Morning Coffee (5/24/18)

Yay! Stacey Abrams Wins Georgia Democratic Primary for Governor, Making History (She's a romance novelist!)

Amy McGrath’s Primary Win In Kentucky Shows That Every District Is In Play

This sounds fine and normal: Trump lawyer 'paid by Ukraine' to arrange White House talks

Good: The ACLU Is Suing To Strike Down Ohio’s Congressional Map

This is awful: N.F.L. Teams Will Be Fined if Players Kneel During National Anthem

2018! Federal Judge Rules President Trump Can't Block Users From Seeing His Shitty, Shitty Tweets

Philip Roth, Towering Novelist Who Explored Lust, Jewish Life and America, Dies at 85

Vaccination method that wiped out smallpox gets unleashed today on Ebola

These poor people: Parents of Slain Teen Trayvon Martin Say The Weinstein Co. Owes Them $150,000

NASA will create coldest place in the universe to study quantum physics

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Afternoon Tea (5/23/18)

The Huge Impact of Donated Bras

Balance the books: one woman's fight to keep great female writers on shelves

This on skater Yuzuru Hanyu's fans is very interesting: The crush of the crowd

Harry Potter, the Arthurian Romance

Little House on the Prairie and Cheesemaking in America’s Dairyland

Morning Coffee (5/23/18)

Congress Rolls Back Part Of Dodd-Frank, Easing Rules For Midsize, Smaller Banks

I love this Adam Serwer piece: There Is Only One Trump Scandal

The recent mass shootings in the US all have one thing in common: misogyny

Puerto Rico’s rocky recovery is distracting from its pre-existing struggles, residents say

Met Opera Accuses James Levine of Decades of Sexual Misconduct

"Mr. Batali, who has denied engaging in nonconsensual sex, has so far declined to send out another baked goods recipe."

"According to campaign spokesperson Arianna Jones, Sanders plans to seek the Democratic nomination in Vermont’s August primary. If he wins, she said, he would 'respectfully' decline the nomination and run as an independent in the general election." I hate him!

THIS IS NOT HOW YOU RUN A CONVENTION: My FanX craziness, annotated

Oh, Florida: Florida city warns of 'extreme zombie activity' during power outage

I'd still rather have a chronological timeline, but this is good: Instagram Is Finally Going To Let You Mute People

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Afternoon Tea (5/22/18)

The CIA made a Magic: The Gathering-style card game for training agents, and we played it

Five Great Romance Reads for Mental Health Month

From the Fug Girls: What It’s Like to Spend 24 Hours in Windsor with 100,000 Fans Waiting for a Glimpse of Meghan Markle

Twenty-Four-Karat Chicken Wings and the Allure of Eating Gold

I'll ALWAYS read about cults: 'Wild Wild Country' Reminds Me of My Upbringing

Morning Coffee (5/22/18)

Ugh: Supreme Court Decision Delivers Blow To Workers' Rights

Trump Grappling With Risks of Proceeding With North Korea Meeting

I believe it's morally abhorrent to call ANY group of people "animals", and especially alarming when it comes from the government.

Diplomats Are Getting Away With Abusing Their Children's Nannies

Good for her: Instead of a moment of silence for gun violence victims, Kelly Clarkson went off-script

What an amazing story: Dovey Johnson Roundtree, Barrier-Breaking Lawyer, Dies at 104

What It’s Like to Be an Abortion-Rights Activist in Ireland

It's finally official: Obamas Ink Producing Deal With Netflix

Heh: The Royal Wedding's Most Remarkable Photo Features 10 Small Kids Actually Sitting Still

Whoa: Asteroid from another star system found orbiting wrong way near Jupiter

Monday, May 21, 2018

Afternoon Tea (5/21/18)

In a rare interview, Elena Ferrante describes the writing process behind the Neapolitan novels

Ugh, THIS guy: Jordan Peterson, Custodian of the Patriarchy

Honestly, I'm posting this partially just because I'm so delighted by the wording of the headline: Dueling Bernstein Biopics: How Bradley Cooper Took the Baton from Jake Gyllenhaal

The Tragic Rise of Lil Tay

Ooh, here's a fun look at Troy in Medieval manuscripts.

Morning Coffee (5/21/18)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

Trump Jr. and Other Aides Met With Gulf Emissary Offering Help to Win Election

F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims

The Lesson of Eric Greitens, and the Navy SEALs Who Tried to Warn Us

'Live Free Or Die' Motto Often Invoked at State House, With Mixed Results

Construction Unions Ally with Striking Teachers to Fight for Prevailing Wage Laws

L.G.B.T. Students in Oregon Were Bullied and Forced to Read Bible, Report Says

Seven Reasons Consent Apps Are a Terrible Idea

Yaay, new Troye Sivan album August 31st!

Here Are All the New TV Teasers and Fall Lineups

Hasbro Has Officially Trademarked the Smell of Your Childhood: Play-Doh