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

Oscars: A Guide to the 2018 Foreign-Language Entries Accepted by the Academy

Morning Coffee (11/12/18)

(As you're reading this, I'm getting home and starting to catch up on news. WISH ME LUCK. Back to normal posting tomorrow.)

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

Friday, November 9, 2018

Afternoon Tea (11/9/18)

Chrissy Teigen on Kanye, Getting Blocked by Trump, and Actually Caring About Her Comments

A Definitive Guide to 2018’s Made-for-TV Christmas Movies, Divided by Trope

Stress Purchase of the Week: A Brush Fit For a Princess

Excited for this one: Read an Exclusive Excerpt of Emily A. Duncan’s Bloody Gothic Fantasy, Wicked Saints

Rome's Heroes and America's Founding Fathers

Morning Coffee (11/9/18)

Friday happy links!

Beautiful: This Indian City Lit a Record-breaking 300,000 Clay Lamps to Celebrate Diwali

Aww: A Store Had to Move Thousands of Books. So a Human Chain Was Formed.

Idris Elba is this year's People's Sexiest Man Alive. Sure! I have no strong feelings about ranking men by sexiness but I am delighted to see they didn't pick another boring white guy.

Aaaah: Cover Reveal: The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

AND a new Alyssa Cole F/F novella in her royals series!

YAY: Veronica Mars: Max Greenfield to Return as Leo for Hulu Limited Series Revival

Ooh, a contemporary Pride & Prejudice movie with an all-black cast? I'm in.

11 Nonalcoholic Thanksgiving Drink Recipes

12 Must-Haves for Setting the Perfect Literary Thanksgiving Table

Hmm: Pringles offers Thanksgiving dinner chips in turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie flavors

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Afternoon Tea (11/8/18)

The first year every state sent a woman to Congress, in one map

Only We Can Save Us: A Brief History of Jewish Superheroes, Real and Fictional

This ‘Psychological' AI System Mimics Religious Violence to Understand It

My Childhood as an International Cheese Smuggler

8 Modern Gothic Mysteries to Read Now

Morning Coffee (11/8/18)

Welp: Jeff Sessions forced out as attorney general

He sure seems terrible! Meet Trump’s New Acting Attorney General, Matthew Whitaker

The Rainbow Wave Has Arrived: Tuesday's midterms saw more than 100 LGBTQ candidates elected.

Early numbers suggest voter turnout soared in the 2018 midterms

This is how you write a press release: AFL-CIO Statement on Scott Walker Defeat

Oh good: Idaho, Nebraska and Utah Vote to Expand Medicaid

YAY: N.H. Libertarians Fail to Meet Threshold to Maintain Major Party Status

Ugh: West Virginia Voters Approve Anti-Abortion Constitutional Amendment

Brian Kemp’s Lead in Georgia Needs an Asterisk

2018! Pimp Dennis Hof wins Nevada legislative race after death

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Afternoon Tea (11/7/18)

How a Group of Gay Male Ballet Dancers Is Rethinking Masculinity

The ‘Doctor Zhivago’ Nobel Dust-up

Cheesy music: Swiss experiment with sound to make cheese tastier

After years of being mistaken for a 'Parent Trap' villain, I talked to the actress who played her

The real Lake of Grendel

Morning Coffee (11/7/18)

HI. I AM TIRED. (I worked at the polls from 5:30am to 10pm yesterday.) BUT MOSTLY HAPPY, especially with our NH results. This morning posts includes some results and reactions I've happened to see so far, but I haven't been online much yet, so I'll have more for you over the next few days!

First of all. THANK GOD WE WON THE HOUSE: Two Years After Trump’s Victory, Voters Erect an Impediment to His Power

And we had some great local results: Democrats Retake Both Chambers Of New Hampshire Legislature

PLUS: Democrat Chris Pappas Becomes New Hampshire's 1st Openly Gay Member Of Congress

Elsewhere, YAY: Tony Evers denies Scott Walker a third term as Wisconsin's governor

AND YAY: Mass. Votes 'Yes' On Question 3 To Keep Law Protecting Transgender People In Public Accommodations

A List Of Firsts For Women In This Year's Midterm Elections

Young People Voted More, And More Democratic

Whoa: USOC Statement Regarding Action To Revoke USA Gymnastics' Recognition As Member National Governing Body

My Jewish wedding was the day of the Pittsburgh shooting. Anti-Semites threatened it.

You don't say: Right-Wing Hate Groups Are Recruiting Video Gamers

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Afternoon Tea (11/6/18)

This is wild: Was Gary Hart Set Up?

Ezra Miller Is the Gender-Bending, Goat-Delivering Hollywood Star of the Future

Brown Point Shoes Arrive, 200 Years After White Ones

Migrants Bring Cricket (and Victory) to Life in Northern France

Sylvia Plath is My Problematic Fave. So What Does This Say About Me?

Morning Coffee (11/6/18)

Happy Election Day! All related links today. Go vote!

Vox has a LOT of good coverage: The 2018 midterm elections, explained

How To Watch The Midterms: An Hour-By-Hour Guide

How to Get Free and Discounted Rides to the Polls on Election Day

6 Types of Misinformation to Beware of on Election Day. (And What to Do if You Spot Them.)

Why Don’t Young People Vote? This System Doesn’t Want Them To.

Of course: Trump ally Kris Kobach accepted donations from white nationalists

THIS guy: Kemp calls targets Abrams with false claims that she will "steal" election with undocumented voters

And THIS guy: LePage’s future plans: Move to Florida, take teaching job

This is awful: Pa.’s restrictive election laws make it hard for Philly firefighters and EMS workers to vote

I MISS HIM: Obama: ‘Nobody In My Administration Got Indicted. Which, By The Way, Is Not That High A Bar.’

Monday, November 5, 2018

Afternoon Tea (11/5/18)

This is fascinating and important: Becoming Anne Frank

How a Woman Becomes a Lake

Now I'm curious to read this: The Children’s Classic That Secretly Brought Existentialist Philosophy Into American Homes

Awesome: A New Illustrated Database for Women Artists Spans the 15th to 19th Centuries

The future of the kilo: a weighty matter

Morning Coffee (11/5/18)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

How mass shooters practice their hate online

Abortion May Be Mobilizing More Democratic Voters Than Republicans Now

Sigh: Brian Kemp’s office opens investigation into Georgia Democratic Party days ahead of the election

SIGH: Trump’s top agriculture official calls Florida’s gubernatorial race “cotton-pickin’ important”

Not the biggest campaign issue, but interesting: Sununu Says He's An Engineer, But Whether That's Technically True Is A Judgment Call

Two Capitals, One Russian Oligarch: How Oleg Deripaska Is Trying to Escape U.S. Sanctions

How zero tolerance forces undocumented victims into the shadows

This is heartbreaking: The NYPD Does Not Believe Two Saudi Sisters Found Dead And Tied Together Near The Hudson River Were Victims Of A Crime

Origin of chocolate shifts 1,400 miles and 1,500 years

New dinosaur species unearthed in Argentina

Friday, November 2, 2018

Afternoon Tea (11/2/18)

Witchy Wheys: Cast Spells and Predict the Future with Cheese

In other cheese news: What a cheesy sandwich looks like in 15 places around the world

How to Write Consent in Romance Novels

I can't WAIT to read this: These Witches Don’t Burn Cover Reveal and Exclusive Excerpt!

This is a nice interview: Figure skater Joe Johnson came out without a big coming-out moment

Weekly Rec: The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

It's been - well, it's been a hard couple years, but it feels like it's been a PARTICULARLY rough month or so, and Jasmine Guillory's new novel The Proposal was EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED RIGHT NOW, and perhaps it is what you need too! This is a romance that starts with a public proposal at a baseball game, but as everyone knows, PUBLIC PROPOSALS ARE TERRIBLE and so this goes very badly. Don't worry, the proposer is NOT the love interest. The Proposal is a feminist romance full of anger and punching and cupcakes and awesome messed up people doing their best and figuring stuff out, and it's INCREDIBLY satisfying.

Morning Coffee (11/2/18)


Oh gosh, look at this Get Out the Vote letter from JFK to Madeleine L'Engle.

!!! 'Penny Dreadful' Revived at Showtime

This is great: Tokyo 2020 Medal Project To Turn Scrap Metal Into Precious Olympic, Paralympic Medals

Watching Jenny retweet all these was great: 'To All The Boys I've Loved Before' Costumes Make Jenny Han Cry — In A Good Way

I love them: John Legend and Chrissy Teigen will host 'legendary' Christmas special

! Harrods, Now Available at Williams Sonoma

I did not expect to read about a Thomas & Friends and the United Nations collaboration.

YAY: Lionsgate Boards Helen Hoang Romance ‘The Kiss Quotient’ From Pilgrim Media Group — AFM

Ben & Jerry's Just Released an Anti-Trump Ice Cream Flavor

10 of the Best Bookish Knitting Patterns

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Afternoon Tea (11/1/18)

This piece about child rape at a school in Liberia run by an American charity is long and difficult reading but so important: Unprotected

O'Connor, Rehnquist And A Supreme Marriage Proposal

What Kind of Person Steals Their Co-workers’ Lunch?

The Ghost Story Persists in American Literature. Why?

Teen Girls Fight Back: 15 YA Books Featuring Revenge

26 Hallmark Christmas movies worth watching (if you like Hallmark Christmas movies)

Happy November! It's Christmas now! Hallmark says so! People on Twitter were asking about my favorite Hallmark Christmas movies, so here is a list of some I remember enjoying in past years. They will probably be airing multiple times between now and Christmas, so just check the listings when you're looking for something to watch.

PLEASE NOTE: I am in no way saying these movies are GREAT FILM or anything. I know. I KNOW. But Hallmark movies are all about women getting exactly what they want on their own terms, and that is definitely something I know a lot of us need this year. Plus the Christmas ones have great set decoration. ENJOY.

(My favorites are starred.)

12 Gifts of Christmas
Best Christmas Party Ever
Catch a Christmas Star
Christmas at Pemberley Manor
Christmas Cookies
The Christmas Cottage
Christmas Festival of Ice
Christmas in Evergreen
Christmas in Homestead
Christmas Land
Christmas List
Coming Home for Christmas
* Crown for Christmas
Hitched for the Holidays
Ice Sculpture Christmas
Let It Snow
Marry Me at Christmas
Miss Christmas
The Mistletoe Inn
* The Nine Lives of Christmas
Once Upon a Holiday
A Perfect Christmas
* Snow Bride
* The Sweetest Christmas
A Very Merry Mix-Up
Window Wonderland

Morning Coffee (11/1/18)

I LOVE THIS: You’re Disillusioned. That’s Fine. Vote Anyway.

And HA. (This is satire! Not real!) Why I, a young person, probably won’t vote

Wow, good for them: Son, daughter oppose father’s election to Missouri House

And good for him: Pharrell Williams Sends Trump Cease-and-Desist for Playing ‘Happy’ at Rally

Republican Campaign Mailer Fuels Anti-Semitism Complaints In State Senate Race

How the rise of conspiracy theory politics emboldens anti-Semitism

Not good! Wait times for citizenship applications stretch to 2 years

!!! The Obamas Have Optioned A Series For Netflix Based On Trump's Disastrous Start At The White House

Whoa: That Waitrose Food Editor Who Proposed A Series On Killing Vegans Has Quit

Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970, report finds