Thursday, December 13, 2018

Afternoon Tea (12/13/18)

The Dangers of Mothering While Black

Brexit Could Drastically Change English Soccer

On Junk Science, Pop Forensics and Crime Fiction

A Cave for Mithra

Yo-Yo Ma's Days of Action

Morning Coffee (12/13/18)

Michael Cohen was just sentenced to 3 years in prison

Just evil: Trump Moves to Deport Vietnam War Refugees

Pelosi puts an ignorant, irrational president in his place

Congresswoman, Interrupted

Incoming New York attorney general plans wide-ranging investigations of Trump and family

I'm not committing to a candidate yet but I like him! Julián Castro exploring 2020 presidential bid

Marriott Data Breach Is Traced to Chinese Hackers as U.S. Readies Crackdown on Beijing

Tribune, Tronc And Beyond: A Slur, A Secret Payout And A Looming Sale

Why Not Now—Let The Muppets Host the 2019 Oscars

Love is dead: Irish woman who married ghost of 300-year-old pirate says they have split up

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Afternoon Tea (12/12/18)

Elizabeth Rowe has sued the BSO. Her case could change how orchestras pay men and women.

Why Netflix could have lost Friends — and what it means for the future of streaming

As an Indian Bride-to-Be, Seeing Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Break Tradition Took My Wedding Stress Away

A ‘Honking Big’ Cave in Canada Lures Geologists to Its Mouth

The 20 Best Crime Novels of 2018

Weekly Rec: Starbucks Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

I am very susceptible to trying new seasonal drinks, but honestly, most Starbucks drinks are way too sweet for me to have more than once. However! I finally tried their Peppermint White Hot Chocolate on a whim and somehow . . . it's SO sweet that it comes back around to being okay? I'm not sure why - science? CHRISTMAS MAGIC? (I also have a higher sweetness tolerance for hot chocolate than for coffee drinks, I guess.) And when I say okay I mean RIDICULOUSLY DELICIOUS. It's not something I'd get often, but if you need to, say, have a big hit of sugar to get through a bunch of holiday shopping and deal with crowds? TRY IT.

Morning Coffee (12/12/18)

Time got person of the year right this time.

The fiery meeting between Trump, Schumer, and Pelosi about the border wall, explained

Trump Can’t Stop Confessing

Paul Ryan's long con

Not to be a buzzkill, but that viral story about gay WWI soldiers buried together is fiction.

Ooh, good finalists for the Morris award!

Investigation of generic ‘cartel’ expands to 300 drugs

British politics has worst record for antisemitism in Europe, poll says

The Arctic Ocean has lost 95 percent of its oldest ice — a startling sign of what’s to come

Putin's East German identity card found in Stasi archives – report

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Afternoon Tea (12/11/18)

At 70 Years Old, Raffi Is Singing New Songs and Fighting New Fascists

A Former Plantation Begins To Tell A Fuller Story Of Slavery In America

The 10 Best Crime Books of 2018

Gmail Smart Replies and the Ever-Growing Pressure to E-mail Like a Machine

Edith Thompson: The Innocent Woman Who Was Executed in Part Because of Her Writing Talent

Morning Coffee (12/11/18)

Theresa May halts Brexit deal vote to avoid defeat, throwing British politics into chaos

And DRAMA: MP causes uproar in parliament by grabbing mace in Brexit protest

To Protect Migrants From Police, a Dutch Church Service Never Ends

Phew: Supreme Court sides with Planned Parenthood, declines to take case

This is an important read: The Hardest Glass Ceiling in Politics

Good riddance to John Kelly

Rosanell Eaton, Fierce Voting Rights Advocate, Dies at 97

Good: YouTube Bans Proud Boys Founder Gavin McInnes

!!! John le Carré’s Next Novel to Land in 2019

Oh no! Change Brewing in Harvard Square: Tealuxe to Close by End of Month

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

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Afternoon Tea (12/5/18)

This is an important story about a police shooting that does NOT go the way you expect: "I Don't Want to Shoot You, Brother"

This Artist Reenvisioned Marvel Superheroes in a Traditional Native American Style

2019 YA Books Starring Queer Girls

The Cranky Bookseller's Guide to Holiday Shopping

A [Medieval] calendar page for December 2018

Morning Coffee (12/5/18)

"Investigators say weapons from UK and US have fallen into hands of splinter groups in Yemen, some with links to al-Qaida and Isis"

This is horrifying: Born in Philadelphia, U.S. citizen says he was held for deportation to Jamaica at ICE’s request

North Carolina election-fraud investigation centers on operative with criminal history who worked for GOP congressional candidate

Trump appointee Whitaker opposed for attorney general role by over 400 ex-Justice Department employees

This is great: A Woman's Place is in the House

An important read about Bush and AIDS: History Will Recall, George Bush Did Nothing At All

Also: Bush Made Willie Horton an Issue in 1988, and the Racial Scars Are Still Fresh

Do Children Get a Subpar Education in Yeshivas? New York Says It Will Finally Find Out

Rare gold coins found in Israeli city of Caesarea

Ooh! Viola Davis Attached To Star In ‘The Fighting Shirley Chisholm’ For Amazon Studios

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Afternoon Tea (12/4/18)

I remember sort of following this case at the time, but . . . WOW: How a future Trump Cabinet member gave a serial sex abuser the deal of a lifetime

This is perfect: The Lady Hero's Journey

Young Women are Reviving Indigenous Food Traditions Online

6 Historical Crime Novels Set During The Gilded Age

Here are some GREAT terrible holiday workplace stories: Ho Ho No

Morning Coffee (10/4/18)

This is terrible and undemocratic, and it's happening in Michigan too: Wisconsin GOP uses rare session to weaken incoming governor

Dahlia Lithwick, great as always: This Was the Week the Mueller Probe Switched From “What If” to “What Else”

Civil rights 'under serious attack' across the globe

How Twitter’s Ban on ‘Deadnaming’ Promotes Free Speech

Interesting: Bret Stephens’ 2018 midterm analysis is quietly getting worse

I love her: Michelle Obama on ‘leaning in’: ‘Sometimes that shit doesn’t work’

This should be... something: Tumblr will ban all adult content on December 17th

!!!!!!!!!! Starz Acquires Crime Drama ‘Dublin Murders’

Yay! Hallmark Is Adding Hanukkah Movies to Its 2019 Holiday Lineup

Interesting! Polis Books Launches Diversity-Focused Crime Imprint

Monday, December 3, 2018

Afternoon Tea (12/3/18)

This was so interesting: For Jewish Israelis of Yemenite Heritage, Reviving a Past

The Depressing Phenomenon of Men Who Ask Their Dates No Questions

The Showgirl Who Discovered Lolita

Ooh: New interactive death map breathes life into medieval London

My Gender Is: Mind Your Business

Morning Coffee (12/3/18)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

Trump Ramped Up Drone Strikes in America’s Shadow Wars

This is awful and entirely the fault of the Republicans: Number Of U.S. Kids Who Don't Have Health Insurance Is On The Rise

Good! Neil Gorsuch and Sonia Sotomayor Just Came Out Swinging Against Policing for Profit

Well THIS was predictable: Celebrities Say White Supremacists Used A New Video App To Trick Them Into Endorsing Anti-Jewish Conspiracy Theories

These numbers for ALL of these countries are appalling: 52% of Americans would feel "very comfortable" with a female president

About 137 women killed by someone they knew every day in 2017: UN report

Harry Leslie Smith, veteran turned social activist, dies at 95

Mystery Writers of America Withdraws Fairstein Award

And the background, if you missed it: Writer Linda Fairstein's past as a prosecutor overseeing the Central Park Five case causes award controversy

Leda and the Swan: A Fresco Comes to Life in Pompeii Excavation

Friday, November 30, 2018

Afternoon Tea (11/30/18)


This feature is always fun and Philadelphia is a place I've been known to visit so I was particularly interested in this one: A History of Philadelphia in 10 Dishes

The Glamorous Grandmas of Instagram

Useful list! 2018 Holiday RomComs Starring People of Color

Ooh: The 100 Best Pens, As Tested by Strategist Editors

Morning Coffee (11/30/18)

Time for Friday happy links!

YAY: Small bookstores are booming after nearly being wiped out

Rachel is a Twitter pal and I'm very excited for this one: A queer romance in the royal family? Her Royal Highness will make you swoon

AWWW: Barack Obama surprises wife Michelle at book tour stop

Oh, this sounds great! Introducing Carina Adores, a trope-driven LGBTQ+ contemporary romance line, now open for submissions!

Phew: ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ Sequel in the Works

I am cautiously optimistic: ‘The ABC Murders’: John Malkovich & Rupert Grint In BBC/Amazon Drama – First-Look

Whoa: Rosé Cider Cheese From Angry Orchard & Crown Finish Caves Will Dazzle Your Cheese Board This Holiday Season

Create Your Own Hallmark Christmas Movie and We'll Tell You Which One to Watch

Heh: Christmas movies would be better if all of them starred Gritty

Star Trek Beyond crew assemble in Fleet Command game footage

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Afternoon Tea (11/29/18)

This is a great piece about women coaching men's sports: The Glass Sideline

Maine Is Scaling Up its Local Grain Economy

The Rockies, the Alps, the Caucasus? Georgia Plans for the Future

A mammoth, woolly rhino and a medieval village: the unexpected treasures beneath the A14

Some good YA on this list! 75 Books You Might’ve Missed This Year (But Definitely Shouldn’t Have)

Weekly Rec: The Grinch

Now, let me start by saying that new animated movie The Grinch does not need to exist. The book is great! The 1966 animated TV special is great! (We don't accept the Jim Carrey movie as a real thing.) There was no hole this was filling. We don't need to remake things over and over if there's no particular new point of view. (There's some backstory here, but it doesn't at all change the impression of the story you have from the earlier versions.) This movie certainly isn't necessary, and it's fairly redundant.

But all that said . . . I saw it and it was pretty good! It's a very cute Christmas movie with a few different nice messages and if you're looking for something to see with your family you could certainly do much worse! The voice cast is solid, though I remain confused about Benedict Cumberbatch's choices, and the animation is also . . . solid, though I thought the Whoville stuff was REALLY GOOD. It looked like a Department 56 village come to life and I would have happily watched a whole movie about life there that did not have the Grinch in it at all, honestly. I would also read a sociological article about this culture. (Also, the Whos are no longer all white and that is great.) The writing was better than I expected for faux-Seuss. The whole thing was better than I expected! Hey, for 2018, that's pretty good.

Morning Coffee (11/29/18)

Wow: Senators back effort to suspend U.S. support for Saudi-led campaign in Yemen

GOOD: It’s official: Nancy Pelosi is Democrats’ nominee for speaker

U.S. Seeing Lowest Level Of Unauthorized Immigrants In A Decade, Pew Study Says

This is a great story about a very Republican town near me! Blue Wave, Red Town

I don't blame the faculty union here, they're trying to do what they can within their limits, but this is ridiculous: For Defense Against Active Shooters, University Hands Out Hockey Pucks

!!! I am sort of excited but also alarmed: Margaret Atwood to publish sequel to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

"Claims." Chinese Scientist Claims to Use Crispr to Make First Genetically Edited Babies

This is an important update on that viral burger piece: Did a Rave Review Really Shut Down Portland Burger Bar Stanich’s? Maybe It Was the Owner’s Legal Troubles.

Oh, good for him (but bad wording in the headline!): Kent State recruit Kalin Bennett becomes first player with autism to get D1 basketball scholarship

Easter Island governor begs British Museum to return Moai: 'You have our soul'

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Afternoon Tea (11/28/18)

This is FASCINATING: This college student created a way for nonbinary people to speak Hebrew

I loved this essay: I'm a Great Cook. Now That I'm Divorced, I'm Never Making Dinner for a Man Again

Here's What College Freshmen Are Reading

'We had to get out': 80 years since the Kindertransport

How Amazon Web Services Reinvented the Internet and Became a Cash Cow

Morning Coffee (11/28/18)

Manafort’s Lawyer Said to Brief Trump Attorneys on What He Told Mueller

Manafort held secret talks with Assange in Ecuadorian embassy, sources say

We are Jamal Khashoggi’s daughters. We promise his light will never fade.

None of this is normal: White House denies Haspel prevented from briefing Senate on Khashoggi murder

FACT CHECK: What's Happening On The U.S.-Mexico Border?

This is horrifying: The Latest: US nixed FBI checks for teen migrant camp staff

In case you, like me, didn't manage to read this over Thanksgiving: U.S. Climate Report Warns of Damaged Environment and Shrinking Economy

Christine Blasey Ford Is Donating Her GoFundMe Money To Sexual Assault Survivors

Democrats smash Watergate record for House popular vote in midterms

Burial sites from 5th and 6th centuries yield unexpected treasures

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Afternoon Tea (11/27/18)

The Stylish Socialist Who Is Trying to Save YouTube from Alt-Right Domination

This is lovely: Mosul, the city with two springs

A Mixtape for a Broken Heart

Ugh I don't want to start having to ask if my cocktails are vegetarian, too: The Secret to That Bright-Red Drink? Little Bugs

Marketing Emily Dickinson as a Children’s Poet

Morning Coffee (11/27/18)

THIS IS STRESSFUL: Manafort Breached Plea Deal by Repeatedly Lying, Mueller Says

How a march at the US-Mexico border descended into tear gas and chaos

It’s Time to Face the Real Impact of Tear Gas Use on Migrant Children

This is what Trump’s caravan 'invasion' really looks like

This headline will make you say "yes of course" but the details are quite something! Revealed: Matthew Whitaker favors hardline anti-abortion policies

Of course: White House Asks Supreme Court To Fast-Track Ruling On Transgender Military Ban

In the United States, right-wing violence is on the rise

The White House Continues Its Tradition of Turning Christmas Into a Horror Film

Yay! NASA’s Mars InSight Mission Has Touched Down on the Red Planet’s Surface

GOOD: Graphic novel 'steeped in Islamophobia' pulled after protests

Monday, November 26, 2018

Afternoon Tea (11/26/18)

Whee, the Times' 100 Notable Books list is out for 2018!

This was fascinating: American Exorcism

The decline of David’s Bridal says a lot about millennial attitudes toward weddings

Zume, the Robotic Pizza Company, Makes Pies Only a Robot Could Love

You Snooze, You Lose: Insurers Make The Old Adage Literally True

Morning Coffee (11/26/18)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

This is horrifying. They're firing tear gas AT CHILDREN. San Ysidro border crossing closed, U.S. fires tear gas as migrants rush toward border

Tension escalates after Russia seizes Ukraine naval ships

E.U. Leaders and U.K. Agree on Brexit Divorce Terms

Conservative nonprofit with obscure roots and undisclosed funders paid Matthew Whitaker $1.2 million

lol: Steve Bannon's far-right Europe operation undermined by election laws

U.S. Judge Strikes Down Mississippi Law That Bans Abortions After 15 Weeks

The time Nancy Pelosi saved Social Security

How a $50-a-year nutrition program cut domestic violence in Bangladesh

Ohhh: As Teenagers, They Started the Swine Bowl. As Octogenarians, They Played the Last Game.

Egypt unveils previously unopened ancient female sarcophagus

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Morning Coffee (11/22/18)

Happy Thanksgiving! We're on a holiday schedule of one post a day until Monday; today I've got a few pieces of news and a bunch of Thanksgiving-related links, and then tomorrow will be Friday happy links as usual.

Well, this is a delightful relief: Interpol presidency vote: Russia in surprise loss to South Korea

Good: John Roberts is mad at Trump for attacking an “Obama judge”

Trump’s ties to the Russian mafia go back 3 decades

America’s two economies remain far apart

This is great: How to Cope with Holiday Panic

Jamelle Bouie took over Dear Prudence for a special Thanksgiving edition!

A wonderful piece about refugees: The First Thanksgiving

I love this: I should spare my loved ones from the most annoying Thanksgiving host in the world: me

A message to men (other than my father and brother who are very good about this!): This Thanksgiving, Just Do the Dishes

Heh: 9 Breezy Responses to Those Awkward Family Holiday Questions

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Afternoon Tea (11/21/18)

I love this: #MeToo Has Debunked the ‘Lean In’ Philosophy

12 Authors On The Books That Best Represent America

Food, Adoption, And The Language of Love

As usual, Todd VanDerWerff's pieces are smart and interesting: Why do so many animated films have great stories? One secret: storyboarding.

No Nut November: the insidious internet challenge encouraging men not to masturbate

Morning Coffee (11/21/18)

In case you somehow didn't see! Do Not Eat Romaine Lettuce, Health Officials Warn

Let's start with some good political news because then we have a whole run of bad: Judge stops Trump from enforcing asylum ban

Not a surprise, but still... UH. Trump Wanted to Order Justice Dept. to Prosecute Comey and Clinton

VERY BAD: Trump’s Khashoggi statement is a green light for murder

ALSO BAD: Trump administration officials suggested sharing census responses with law enforcement, court documents show

More bad! How Trump administration pressure to dump 4-H's LGBT policy led to Iowa leader's firing

She has since dropped her bid for Pelosi's job, but this is still not good! (She's also Not Great on LGBTQ+ issues.) Marcia Fudge vouched for man now accused of killing ex-wife

Yes, the campaign to take down Nancy Pelosi is sexist — not to mention a terrible idea

Okay, SOMETHING ELSE GOOD: In New Class of Young Lawmakers, a Former Girl Scout Goes to the Statehouse

Have a wild art theft story to finish: A Dutch writer thought she’d found a stolen Picasso. The real story is much weirder.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Afternoon Tea (11/20/18)

What a story: How the World’s Only Feudal Lord Outclassed the Nazis to Save Her People

I Found the Best Burger Place in America. And Then I Killed It.

Some Libraries Are Facing Backlash Against LGBT Programs — And Holding Their Ground

Relief efforts want money. So why do we insist on donating canned goods?

13 Dance Books to Read After Being Dazzled by ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’

Morning Coffee (10/20/18)

There Are Now More Than 14,000 Immigrant Kids in Federal Custody—a New Record

Good thing there's never been an uproar about someone using personal email . . . wait. Ivanka Trump used a personal email account to send hundreds of emails about government business last year

This is awful: Just 96 of 30,000 people who applied for public service loan forgiveness actually got it

Jim Acosta: White House backs down in fight over CNN reporter's pass

Good: After 181 Years of No Hats in Congress, Dems Eye Exception for Religious Garb

The real reason conservative critics love talking about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s clothes

Here is a big profile of Donald Trump Jr. if you want to torture yourself (no, it's well done, really): From Rebellious to Reliable

FBI now classifies far-right Proud Boys as 'extremist group', documents say

They’re Black. They’re Trans. And They’re Ready To Shake Up Brazil’s Politics.

Good for them: Book People unionizing for better wages and benefits

Monday, November 19, 2018

Afternoon Tea (11/19/18)

Wow: We Thought We Knew Faith, Until We Didn’t: The making of a white-nationalist poster girl.

Reclaiming our Mohawk heritage, one app-supplied word at a time

A new study further undermines the myth of the “savage” Neanderthal

Should Pregnant Women Take Anti-Anxiety Medication? Some Have No Choice.

Claire Legrand on the Importance of Feminist Horror

Morning Coffee (11/19/18)

Me elsewhere: TV news update!

The many scandals of Trump’s new acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, explained

‘He was yelling’: Whitaker pushed back against early fraud complaints about company he advised

Well: ICE Detention Center Says It’s Not Responsible for Staff's Sexual Abuse of Detainees

Merkel Joins Macron in Calling for a European Army ‘One Day’

The 2018 electorate was older, whiter, and better educated than in 2016

"Every other wax figure at Madame Tussauds has human hair, but Trump’s orange mane could not be realistically duplicated with anything human."

New Peanut Allergy Drug Shows ‘Lifesaving’ Potential

I hope the choice of a gay director bodes well for this: Greg Berlanti Attached To Direct Rock Hudson Biopic For Universal

Ooh, I might actually try this one: ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ Augmented-Reality Game to Launch in 2019

This should be interesting: ‘Star Trek’: Michael Chabon “Thrilled” To Be On-Board With Patrick Stewart & ‘Calypso’ Short

Friday, November 16, 2018

Afternoon Tea (11/16/18)

Romance Unlaced: It's time for historical romance Christmas anthologies

A Guide to the Met for the Crowd-Averse

The overview effect: what Earth looks like from space – in pictures

Hogarth’s London in the 18th century Latin poetry of Benjamin Loveling

The Best Cheese Events for Winter 2018

Morning Coffee (11/16/18)


National Book Award winners!

The Dumplin' trailer looks great!

Aaaah: Lily James, Armie Hammer to Star in Daphne du Maurier Adaptation ‘Rebecca’

So cute: The British Royals Released New Family Pics

Well, this is exciting casting: J.K. Simmons Joins 'Veronica Mars' Revival

You have my attention: Jonny Lee Miller & Common To Star In Ursula K. Le Guin Adaptation ‘Nine Lives’

This is cool as art but also sort of upsets me as a person who likes order: This artist uses jigsaw puzzles, with the same die cut pattern, to make these terrific mashups

Intriguing: 'Somewhere Only We Know' By Maurene Goo Is Basically 'Roman Holiday' With A K-Pop Twist & You Can Start Reading Now

18 Thanksgiving Pie Recipes, Because You Gotta Have Pie!

Huh: Coffee or tea? The answer might be in your genes

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Afternoon Tea (11/15/18)

This is fascinating: One Legacy of Merkel? Angry East German Men Fueling the Far Right

A Toy Monkey That Escaped Nazi Germany And Reunited A Family

Wayne Gretzky and the Mysteries of Athletic Greatness

I got my dream job and had my baby the same week. So I brought my baby to work.

You’re Doing Women No Favors With Your Mocking ‘Ugh, Only Straight White Men Like This’ Takes

Weekly Rec: NWS's Probabilistic Snowfall Forecasts

We're waiting for the first snowstorm of the year to start here in New England later today, so I figured I'd recommend a very useful weather resource - the National Weather Service's Probabilistic Snowfall Forecasts. Instead of just giving a range, they give you the percent chance of the snow accumulating in a bunch of different small ranges, and it's really interesting. New Hampshire (and Maine) are included on the Gray - Portland, ME page, but they've got all different areas - just search for your zip code, click on the city after "Your local forecast office is," then scroll down and click on Winter Weather. Enjoy!

Morning Coffee (11/15/18)

Crown Prince’s wings clipped as Khashoggi death rattles Riyadh

Israel and Gaza just saw their worst violence in years. It could get worse.

DC Neo-Nazi Who Said Pittsburgh Victims ‘Deserved’ It Arrested; Has Deep Ties To ‘Alt-Right’

Meet the Native American Woman Who Beat the Sponsor of North Dakota’s ID Law

Steve King dared a conservative magazine to release audio of him calling immigrants ‘dirt.’ It did.

Can't imagine why: Attacks on religious and racial minorities fueled sharp rise in hate crimes in 2017, FBI says

Jim Acosta vs. the Trump White House, explained

House Democrats plan to push for $15 federal minimum wage

Scientists divided over new research method to combat malaria

Dozens of cat mummies found in 6,000-year-old tombs in Egypt

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Afternoon Tea (11/14/18)

THIS STORY!!! The Watcher

Whoo boy: The War Inside 7-Eleven

Thanks to Michelle Obama and other celebs, infertility is no longer a dirty word

12 Native American Authors to Read During Native American Heritage Month

Equality at the Gallows: The Hanged Women of England

Morning Coffee (11/14/18)

Deployed Inside the United States: The Military Waits for the Migrant Caravan

Democrats’ blue wave was much larger than early takes suggested

I love her: Nancy Pelosi: 'I want women to see that you do not get pushed around'

Good: CNN sues White House to regain access for reporter Jim Acosta

What Happens if Elections Are No Longer Legitimate?

The New Face of Power Is Taking Shape

Trump’s Misleading Claims About California’s Fire ‘Mismanagement’

This is great! Scotland to embed LGBTI teaching across curriculum

I read this headline and said "whoa" so clearly I need to get out more: HTTP-over-QUIC to be renamed HTTP/3

We need to do better, publishing: The PW Publishing Industry Salary Survey, 2018

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Afternoon Tea (11/13/18)

This is a difficult read, but important: Everyone Believed Larry Nassar

I can't wait to read this book: Michelle Obama Gets Candid With Oprah About Her New Memoir, 'Becoming'

Amazon Was Never Going to Choose Detroit

The growth of yoga and meditation in the US since 2012 is remarkable

18 Key Bomber Aircraft From World War One

Morning Coffee (11/13/18)

YAY: Democrat Kyrsten Sinema Wins Arizona Senate Race, Flipping Second GOP Seat

YES PLEASE: Democrats Say Their First Bill Will Focus On Strengthening Democracy At Home

This is horrifying: Veterans haven't received GI Bill benefits for months due to ongoing IT issues at VA

In addition to the obvious racism here, this shows that "good guys with guns" are not the answer: A black security guard caught a shooting suspect — only to be shot by police minutes later

Elections have consequences! Next Kansas governor to reinstate LGBT protections for state workers

What he said is actually even worse than this summary! GOP official resigns after saying Sharice Davids would be sent back to reservation

Democrats Flipped The House — All Thanks To Women

Macron denounces nationalism as avowed “nationalist” Trump stands steps away

Stan Lee, Marvel Comics' Real-Life Superhero, Dies at 95

Whee! Best-seller Sarah Dessen has new book, new publisher

Monday, November 12, 2018

Afternoon Tea (11/12/18)

‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ and the History in Historical Fiction

What if the Placebo Effect Isn’t a Trick?

Instagram Has a Massive Harassment Problem

‘St. Elsewhere’: Why You Should Revisit TV’s Groundbreaking Medical Drama

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Morning Coffee (11/12/18)

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America's Problem Isn't Tribalism—It's Racism

There’s Nothing Virtuous About Finding Common Ground

Children of the Caravan

Thank goodness: Science Returns to the House

How professional! 'Will you murder anybody?': Texas judge releases juveniles after election loss

Macron stirs anger with WW1 tribute to Nazi collaborator Petain

THIS IS RACISM, BERNIE: Bernie Sanders on Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams: Many Whites Made ‘Uncomfortable’ Voting for Black Candidates

Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan Was Overlooked. Not Any Longer.

The ‘good guy with a gun’ is Hollywood’s most dangerous lie

Scientists reveal 10,000-year-old mummy is Native American ancestor