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