Friday, May 17, 2019

Afternoon Tea (5/17/19)

Your wild Friday afternoon read: The School Photo Industry Is a Master Class in Drama

How the Hell Has Danielle Steel Managed to Write 179 Books?

A Journey Into Greece’s Land of a Thousand Stories

The Dream of the ’90s Is Alive in AriZona Iced Tea

How social media–savvy youth became the unofficial keepers of queer history

Morning Coffee (5/17/19)

Okay, time for some FRIDAY HAPPY LINKS.

OH MY GOSH look at the Nancy Drew show trailer!!! I am 1000% in.

Ooh, mystery fans, check out the Anthony Award nominations.

Yay Mr. Ratburn! Kids’ TV rarely shows same-sex marriage. PBS’s Arthur just did — and it was, wonderfully, no big deal.

This is GREAT casting: Lucy Hale & Robbie Amell To Star In Rom-Com ‘The Hating Game’ Adapted From Hit Novel, Mister Smith Boards

Oreo Just Confirmed FOUR New Flavors Rolling out This Summer

'A little miracle': Dutch statesman's diary found 200 years after it was lost

Look at the baby giraffe's special therapeutic shoes!

'Reconstruction' begins of stone age lands lost to North Sea

12 Summer Nail Polishes You Need to Try

Let's go! Queen Victoria’s sapphire and diamond coronet to be put on display

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Afternoon Tea (5/16/19)

The Birth-Tissue Profiteers

Wow, imagine being these guys: Why Apollo 10 Stopped Just 47,000 Feet From the Moon

Why It's So Hard To Stop Women From Sleeping In A Menstrual Shed

Australia’s Politics May Be Changing With Its Climate

Stumbling Into Identity: Casey McQuiston on Writing About Bisexuality

Morning Coffee (5/16/19)

This is horrifying: Trump Administration to LGBT Couples: Your ‘Out of Wedlock’ Kids Aren’t Citizens

Skeptical U.S. Allies Resist Trump’s New Claims of Threats From Iran

This headline is, uh, mild; this is definitely added restrictions to legal immigration: Trump Immigration Plan Emphasizes Immigrants’ Skills Over Family Ties

Trump administration cracks down on giant Chinese tech firm, escalating clash with Beijing

Anti-Abortion Laws Will Put Women in Jail

The Senate Is as Much of a Problem as Trump

Biden Is (Still) Leading Cable News Coverage

The Met Will Turn Down Sackler Money Amid Fury Over the Opioid Crisis

Uh: Mel Gibson’s Rep. Claims Controversial ‘Rothchild’ Movie Is ‘Completely Unrelated’ to the Rothschild Family

Shrinking and Quaking Hint at Moon’s Tectonic Life

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Afternoon Tea (5/15/19)

Argentina’s Economic Misery Could Bring Populism Back to the Country

How Casey Cep Wrote the True-Crime Book Harper Lee Couldn’t

In African Villages, These Phones Become Ultrasound Scanners

This is such a tough aspect of apartment living: Listening to My Neighbors Fight (...I just realized I have two Maris Kreizman pieces linked in this post but I DON'T CARE, Maris is great.)

Discovering Cheese and Tradition in the Swedish North

Morning Coffee (5/15/19)

Alabama Lawmakers Vote to Effectively Ban Abortion in the State

White House Reviews Military Plans Against Iran, in Echoes of Iraq War

What Democrats Can Learn About Impeachment From the Civil War

Good for her: 'A hate-for-profit racket': Warren refuses Fox town hall invite

“Am I a bad person?” Why one mom didn’t take her kid to the ER — even after poison control said to.

Bill Nye says "the planet's on f****ing fire" and we need to "grow the f*** up"

Welp: Disney takes over full control of Hulu

How Volunteer Sleuths Identified a Hiker and Her Killer After 36 Years

Royal burial site ‘UK’s answer to Tutankhamun’s tomb’

Goro Shimura, 89, Mathematician With Broad Impact, Is Dead

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Afternoon Tea (5/14/19)

This is riveting: What Happened After My 13-Year-Old Son Joined the Alt-Right

Your 5G Phone Won’t Hurt You. But Russia Wants You to Think Otherwise.

Robert Caro’s Blind Spot

Images from Nigeria, land of the 'inseparable two'

Script, history and ideology: German fonts and handwriting

Morning Coffee (5/14/19)

French special forces rescue hostages in a deadly Burkina Faso raid

Supreme Court Allows Antitrust Lawsuit Against Apple to Proceed

New York Regulator Launches Investigation Into TurboTax Maker Intuit and H&R Block

How a James Comey Tweet Fueled a Conspiracy Theory That Upended a California Town

US is hotbed of climate change denial, major global survey finds

65 years after Brown v. Board of Education, school segregation is getting worse

Good for them: Brother and Sister of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Accuse Him of Spreading Misinformation on Vaccines

Actress And Singer Doris Day, Hollywood's Girl Next Door, Dies At 97

Missing Piece of Stonehenge Returned From Florida 60 Years After Removal

Dinosaur With Bat Wings Was More Than Legend

Monday, May 13, 2019

Afternoon Tea (5/13/19)

Algeria’s Turmoil Adds New Obstacle to Saving the Historic Casbah

It Was Lost for Decades, but This Warning About Anti-Semitism Has Reappeared at Just the Right Moment

Will Translated Fiction Ever Really Break Through?

Reinventing the Tomato for Survival in a Changing World

Beauty in ruins: the wonder of abandoned buildings – a photo essay

Morning Coffee (5/13/19)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week - a lot of it!

Sweden reopens rape case against Julian Assange

South Africa’s ruling party ANC wins reelection

Trump asked Don McGahn to publicly state he didn’t obstruct justice. McGahn refused.

He Crossed the Border Alone, Then Spent 8 Months in Custody. He Was 7.

Leaked Documents Allege the NRA Has Been Spending $100,000 a Day on Lawyers

Biden’s 2020 Rivals Attack Him From the Left on Climate Change

Of course he does: Trump wants to change how poverty is calculated — to make fewer people eligible for benefits

This is so complicated, but I think basically a good step? Gilead Will Donate Truvada to U.S. for H.I.V. Prevention

Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant Is Shutting Down

!! For a Split Second, a Quantum Computer Made History Go Backward

Friday, May 10, 2019

Afternoon Tea (5/10/19)

Ancient Rock Art in the Plains of India

I love Laura Lippman: Game of Crones

You’ve Conquered the Escape Room. But Can You Escape the Lab?

Locked-Room Mysteries: A Beginner's Guide

Scenes From a Chechen Wedding

Morning Coffee (5/10/19)

Time for some Friday happy links!

Meet Baby Sussex: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor

I would try this: Dole Is Releasing a New Smoothie Bowl That Tastes Just Like Dole Whip

...and this: Wendy's Has New Frosty Sundaes Loaded With Cookies and Ghirardelli Chocolate

Lesbian Superhero Drama 'Batwoman,' 'Riverdale' Spinoff, 'Nancy Drew' Ordered to Series at The CW

Taylor Swift's Denim Jacket Pins: The Complete Guide You Didn't Know You Needed

Ooh: Colin Firth To Star In John Madden WWII Story ‘Operation Mincemeat’; FilmNation, Cross City & CAA Launch Sales — Cannes

I don't really even go here but I love puns and themed parties so: Game of Groans: Pun-tastic Recipes for Your GoT Watch Party

Rachel has great recs: Summer Reading Megalist

15 Delicious Cocktails to Drink With Your Mom on Mother’s Day

Pick 6 Cookies and We’ll Tell You Which May New Release to Read

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Afternoon Tea (5/9/19)

The Black Feminists Who Saw the Alt-Right Threat Coming

Syrup Is as Canadian as a Maple Leaf. That Could Change With the Climate.

At Egypt’s Tourism Gems, Animal Abuse Is an Ugly Flaw

How Barilla used its CEO’s homophobic comments to reshape the company’s image

Nancy Astor: A Mother in the House

Morning Coffee (5/9/19)

Donald Trump Jr. Is Subpoenaed to Testify to Senate Panel on Russia Contacts

The House Judiciary vote on contempt of Congress and what it means for William Barr, explained

Georgia Just Criminalized Abortion. Women Who Terminate Their Pregnancies Would Receive Life in Prison.

Vatican establishes new rule for sexual abuse complaints and coverups involving bishops

Awful: Jewish Family Loses Legal Battle To Recover Painting Stolen By Nazis

Is Biden Really the Most ‘Electable’ Democrat?

The Man Who Made Your iPhone Wants to Run Taiwan. A Sea Goddess Backs Him, He Says.

Jacinda Ardern Got Engaged. New Zealand Almost Didn’t Notice.

He ruins everything! How Donald Trump ruined a space art project

Battle for .amazon Domain Pits Retailer Against South American Nations

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Afternoon Tea (5/7/19)

This would be such a loss: Should These Clothes Be Saved?

In a Poor Kenyan Community, Cheap Antibiotics Fuel Deadly Drug-Resistant Infections

Could Maple Syrup Be a Climate Change Solution?

Expeditions to the North Pole Are on Ice

The History of the Spelling Bee

Morning Coffee (5/7/19)

Let's start with something cute for once: Baby Sussex is here! Harry's announcement is adorable.

This is dangerous and frightening: Claiming two years of his presidency were ‘stolen,’ Trump suggests he’s owed overtime

House Democrats move closer to holding Barr in contempt, raising questions about fate of former Trump counsel Donald McGahn

The fight for Trump’s tax returns just escalated

Trump would have been charged with obstruction were he not president, hundreds of former federal prosecutors assert

After a weekend of violence, Israel and Gaza reach a tentative ceasefire

Supporter of North Macedonia Name Change Wins Presidency

Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace

A New Study Confirms (Again) That Race, Not Economics, Drove Former Democrats to Trump

Gas That Makes a Mountain Breathe Fire Is Turning Up Around the World

Monday, May 6, 2019

Afternoon Tea (5/6/19)

A Former Alt-Right Member’s Message: Get Out While You Still Can

Can Humans Help Trees Outrun Climate Change?

How an Aquafresh Parody Tumblr Got Swept Up in a Hate-Speech Purge

What's the DNA of Desire?

At the Edge of the Ice

Morning Coffee (5/6/19)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

Trump wants Venezuela’s military to remove its president. But Maduro has made that difficult.

Poland’s Populists Pick a New Top Enemy: Gay People

Democrats Green Light Trump’s Authoritarian Ambitions

This story has been WILD: Baltimore’s Mayor Resigns Over a Series of Self-Published Children’s Books

Important historical context for Trump's ridiculous lies about abortion: “They Will Execute the Baby”

"The message Biden is sending is that he cares about women as a political bloc but not as individuals whose perspectives merit concerted empathy."

F.D.A. Approves the First Vaccine for Dengue Fever, but Limits Its Use

Science Academy Pushes to Eject Sexual Harassers

‘Coronation Street,’ Long-Running British Soap, Introduces Its First Black Family

The Hottest App in China Teaches Citizens About Their Leader — and, Yes, There’s a Test

Friday, May 3, 2019

Afternoon Tea (5/3/19)

The secret feminist history of illustrating plant life

Hilary Hahn: Entering the Sublime

This is very cute: Whale of a time

How The Pennsylvania Dutch Turned A Rural Town Into A Snack Food Empire

48 of the Best YA Books of May

Morning Coffee (5/3/19)

Time for Friday happy links!


Ooh: Presidential Production: Barack and Michelle Obama Announce New Netflix Slate, Including a Frederick Douglass Biopic

This is a great profile of Chasten Buttigieg.

SO CUTE: Princess Charlotte’s Fourth Birthday is (Almost) Here, and We Have New Pics

I want to watch pretty much everything in the PBS summer slate.

Aw: A Stray Dog Joined a 140-mile Race in the Sahara (and Stayed to Get His Medal)

This video of Taylor Swift meeting her new kitten is adorable.

A Violent Splash of Magma That May Have Made the Moon

Genetic History Debunks Legend Of Blue Cheese Origin

Italians try to crack Leonardo da Vinci DNA code with lock of hair

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Afternoon Tea (5/2/19)

It’s Time for the Heroic Male Paleontologist Trope to Go Extinct

Fears of a Fourth Reich

With Indigenous Languages in Steep Decline, Summer Camps Offer Hope

Can This Breakfast Cereal Help Save The Planet?

T.S. Eliot, Crime Fiction Critic

Morning Coffee (5/2/19)

All this is just... wow: Barr’s refusal to testify before House panel increases likelihood of contempt citation from Congress

The Democrats' Fatal Impeachment Error

This is just awful: Caster Semenya: Olympic 800m champion loses appeal against IAAF testosterone rules

Indonesia's planning minister announces capital city move (BECAUSE THE CITY IS SINKING)

THIS IS HORRIFYING: Bernie Sanders' 2020 campaign unveils tech tool to increase its voter database (specifically the "report on which of your neighbors might not be sufficiently loyal" part)

U.N. Issues Urgent Warning on the Growing Peril of Drug-Resistant Infections

Revealed: populists far more likely to believe in conspiracy theories

!! Denisovan Jawbone Discovered in a Cave in Tibet

Jo Sullivan Loesser, Singer and Guardian of a Legacy, Dies at 91

Release of “13 Reasons Why” Associated with Increase in Youth Suicide Rates

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Afternoon Tea (5/1/19)

Visit Auschwitz For The Questions That Follow You Home

This was good but didn't explain the connection between cursive and conservative Christian educational movements strongly enough: Cursive Seemed to Go the Way of Quills and Parchment. Now It’s Coming Back.

The Race to Develop the Moon

A wilder read than you might expect: The Raisin Situation

We Spy 6 Brilliant New Books That Celebrate Our Fascination with Spies

Morning Coffee (5/1/19)

Mueller Objected to Barr’s Description of Russia Investigation’s Findings on Trump

Julian Assange jailed for 50 weeks for breaching bail in 2012

Trump wants to make asylum seekers’ stay in the US harder — and shorter

Supreme Court’s Ruling on Making SNAP Retail Data Public Has Broad Public Health Implications

Ugh, of COURSE: Far-Right Smear Merchants Try to Slime Pete Buttigieg with Bogus Sex Assault Claim

Ashdown Forest: Fire breaks out in Winnie the Pooh wood

Belarus Building Site Yields the Bones of 1,214 Holocaust Victims

Justice prohibits sale of Brazilian books accused of plagiarizing Nora Roberts

Scientists Create Speech From Brain Signals

Women, People of Color Make Progress as TV Writers But Still Underrepresented in Top Jobs

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Afternoon Tea (4/30/19)

An important read in the wake of the latest synagogue shooting: Once We Were Free

In Kosovo, a Teenage Girl’s Rape Case Stirs a #MeToo Fury

K-pop is being rocked by a sex scandal. It’s part of a bigger societal problem.

We've Always Been Into Psychological Thrillers

New Scholarship Is Revealing the Private Lives of China’s Empresses

Morning Coffee (4/30/19)

Rod Rosenstein to resign effective May 11

The Poway Synagogue Shooting Follows an Unsettling New Script

A Terrorist Tried to Kill Me Because I Am a Jew. I Will Never Back Down.

ISIS Releases Video of Reclusive Leader

Journalist’s Death Jolts Northern Ireland Politicians Back to Negotiating Table

Kate Manne on why female candidates get ruled “unelectable” so quickly

This Week, NASA Is Pretending An Asteroid Is On Its Way To Smack The Earth

Announcing the 2019 Edgar Award Winners

400-Year-Old Bible Stolen From Pittsburgh Library Is Recovered in the Netherlands

‘Bones’ Stars & EPs’ Stunning $128M Punitive Damages Award Against Fox Punted By Judge In Appeal Hearing

Monday, April 29, 2019

Afternoon Tea (4/29/19)

FASCINATING: The Man Who’s Going to Save Your Neighborhood Grocery Store

A Colonial-Era Cemetery Resurfaces in Philadelphia

This is a moving and important piece by an author about school visits: Now You See Me, Now You Don't

Who Owns The Dinosaurs? It All Depends On Where You Find Them

Sooner or Later Your Cousin’s DNA Is Going to Solve a Murder

Morning Coffee (4/29/19)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

Spain’s socialist party wins election, but it will need help to form a government

Barr Threatens Not to Testify Before House, but Democrats May Subpoena Him

Judge Temporarily Blocks Trump Rule on Abortion Referrals

The Republican War on Democracy

Trump administration may soon remove transgender health care protections

Victims identified in the Chabad of Poway shooting

16 Candidates Now Qualify For The First Democratic Primary Debates

Last time CO2 levels were this high, there were trees at the South Pole

David Thouless, 84, Dies; Nobel Laureate Cast Light on Matter

Huh: ‘Peaky Blinders’ Virtual Reality Game Will Pitch Players Into the Action

Friday, April 26, 2019

Afternoon Tea (4/26/19)

Janelle Monáe: Living Out Loud (and to make it even better, Lizzo is the interviewer!)

This was just lovely and made me cry: Blair Braverman on the Iditarod, Fear, and Resilience

Finland’s Hobbyhorse Girls, Once a Secret Society, Now Prance in Public

A brief history of the ball pit

The Magic of Ed McBain's 87th Precinct

Morning Coffee (4/26/19)

Friday happy link time! I'm writing this Thursday night because I will be ON A PLANE when it posts, but by the time you're reading it there will be NEW TAYLOR MUSIC OUT, THE HAPPIEST OF OCCASIONS, GO GET IT.

HAHAHA: Avengers: Endgame Cast Sings "We Didn't Start the Fire"

!!! Possible 'marsquake' detected for first time on red planet

Oh neat: The New Hampshire Fisher Cats Go Organic

SO CUTE: It’s (Nearly) Prince Louis’s First Birthday and We Got New Pictures

!!! YES. I AM FREAKING OUT. McDonald's is bringing its iconic Dutch Stroopwafel McFlurry to America — and people are freaking out

This sounds fun: Star Trek Animated Series in Development at Nickelodeon

Interesting: Skyhorse Forms Arcade CrimeWise

Australian ship discovered off Victoria 77 years after Japanese submarine attack

I'm not even particularly into DD, but I kinda want these? Dunkin’s New Lip Balms Are Essentially Spreadable Munchkins

I love this: Blake Lively Used to Wear Forever 21 on Red Carpets and Lie and Say It Was Vintage

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Afternoon Tea (4/25/19)

This is a heartbreaking, important read about gender discrimination in science: ‘I Want What My Male Colleague Has, and That Will Cost a Few Million Dollars’

Mick Mulvaney’s Master Class in Destroying a Bureaucracy From Within

15 months on from Larry Nassar, USA Gymnastics struggles to find its way

We Analyzed 40 Years Of Primary Polls. Even Early On, They’re Fairly Predictive.

Oh come ON: 'Sentencing their dog to death': how the anti-vax movement spread to pets

Morning Coffee (4/25/19)

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Sri Lanka Attacks. Should We Believe Them?

Terrible: US immigration officials looking at housing migrant children at Guantánamo Bay, report says

SIGH: Joe Biden Announces 2020 Run for President

Trump’s high-stakes subpoena battle with House Democrats, explained

Trump’s tweets are getting more unhinged

Wow! Longest-Serving Republican Lawmaker At Iowa Capitol Joins Democrats

Whoa: Facebook Expects to Be Fined Up to $5 Billion by F.T.C. Over Privacy Issues

GOOD: Nora Roberts Sues Brazilian Writer Who She Says Plagiarized Her Work

Wary of Chinese Espionage, Houston Cancer Center Chose to Fire 3 Scientists

Crusader armies were remarkably genetically diverse, study finds

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Afternoon Tea (4/24/19)

This is a great, important piece: The Company That Sells Love to America Had a Dark Secret

In India, a Renewed Fight Against Leprosy

Hate in the Air

After Columbine, martyrdom became a powerful fantasy for Christian teenagers

Amazon made a skin care line based on what users search for

Morning Coffee (4/24/19)

Oh, very normal: In Push for 2020 Election Security, Top Official Was Warned: Don’t Tell Trump

Leader of Right-Wing Border Militia Allegedly Said the Group Was Training to Assassinate Obama, Clinton, and Soros

‘Please god let there be a race war.’ Coast Guard officer’s ‘views on race’ drove his plans to launch terrorist attack, prosecutors allege

Navy SEALs Were Warned Against Reporting Their Chief for War Crimes

Is Obstruction an Impeachable Offense? History Says Yes

Sigh: Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey Attended Closed-Door Meeting With President Trump

The Supreme Court case over adding a citizenship question to the census, explained

More than 12,000 Boy Scout members were victims of sexual abuse, expert says

We Asked the 2020 Democrats About Climate Change (Yes, All of Them). Here Are Their Ideas.

A World War I Soldier’s Cholera Seemed Odd. 100 Years Later, Researchers Have Sequenced His Bacteria’s Genome

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Afternoon Tea (4/23/19)

Lizzo Loves You Like She Loves Herself

A Leading Cause for Wrongful Convictions: Experts Overstating Forensic Results

Here’s How TurboTax Just Tricked You Into Paying to File Your Taxes

Archivists race to digitize slavery records before the history is lost

Women suffer needless pain because almost everything is designed for men

Morning Coffee (4/23/19)

This is very bad: The Supreme Court’s New LGBTQ Cases Could Demolish Sex Discrimination Law as We Know It

Jamelle Bouie is always worth reading: The Lure of Impeachment

ISIS, After Laying Groundwork, Gains Toehold in Congo

I'm so glad they wrote this article, because this is so insulting: Why Are Conservatives So Eager to Call Elizabeth Warren “Liz”?

!! Computer Analysis Says ‘Beowulf’ Is the Work of a Single Author

!!! Influencer Faces up to 20 Years in Prison After Trying to Steal Domain Name at Gunpoint

UNH Study Shows Decline in Wild Bees That Pollinate Major New England Fruit Crops

Don’t Count on 23andMe to Detect Most Breast Cancer Risks, Study Warns

Ralph Solecki, Who Found Humanity in Neanderthals, Dies at 101

Neolithic dog reveals tales behind Orkney's monuments

Monday, April 22, 2019

Afternoon Tea (4/22/19)

I don't love this headline, but the piece provided very good context and updates: The Baraboo Nazi Prom Photo Shocked The World. The City’s Response Shocked Its Residents.

Behind the New, Gloriously Queer Emily Dickinson Movie

I love this title: Killer Trees of the Revolution

Why It’s Time to Move Millennials Into Leadership

Fairytales on trial: the Good and the Beautiful in early Soviet children’s literature

Morning Coffee (4/22/19)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

Here are updates on the Sri Lankan terrorist attacks.

Prodded by Putin, Russians Sought Back Channels to Trump Through the Business World

This is great: New York first state to bar ICE arrests in courts without judicial warrant

Oh good: Stop & Shop and more than 30,000 of its employees reach tentative contract agreement

9 Takeaways From the Clearest Glimpse Into the 2020 Money Race So Far

Not just a Republican, but an elected state rep: Republican discussed violent attacks and surveillance with rightwingers

Well, this is quite the 2019 headline: Gina Haspel Relies on Spy Skills to Connect With Trump. He Doesn’t Always Listen.

Dr. Richard Green, 82, Dies; Challenged Psychiatry’s View of Homosexuality

NASA’s Cassini data shows Titan’s lakes are stranger than we thought

Good: Norway's Kon-Tiki museum to return thousands of Easter Island artefacts

Friday, April 19, 2019

Afternoon Tea (4/19/19)

The Children of the Children of Columbine

The Quest for the Most Elusive Material in Physics

Why I write carefree Muslim girls

Funeral workers are finally opening up about the job’s emotional toll

Top Ten Revolutionary War Patriot Homes in Connecticut

Morning Coffee (4/19/19)

I'll have Mueller report analysis for you tomorrow, but for today we're sticking with FRIDAY HAPPY LINKS.

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach In Shadow Of Border Crossing

EXCITED: Exclusive: Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed team for activist novel Yes No Maybe So

AWW I LOVE THIS: An Unusual Family Of Bald Eagles Adds 3 Eaglets

And in other good animal news: Dog Saved By Workers On Oil Rig, 135 Miles Off Thai Coast

Oh, this is great: Modern Library Launches Series of Classics Penned by Women

Cannes Film Festival Unveils Poster Featuring Agnes Varda

I have some reading to catch up on: Longman-History Today Book Prize 2019: The Shortlist

Dessert stamps with recipes!! Sweet! Nanaimo bar goes postal with announcement of new stamp

Twitter introduces 40 adorable Avengers emoji, including Korg from Thor: Ragnarok

Oh these look fun: Coca-Cola, Disney Strike ‘Star Wars’ Partnership

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Afternoon Tea (4/18/19)

The Day the Dinosaurs Died

Poets in Power: the 1919 Bavarian Soviet Republic

Here's a great interview with the Fug Girls about their new book!

There Is No Purer or More Joyful Reality TV Show Than ‘Antiques Roadshow’

Why I Take All My First Dates to Olive Garden

Morning Coffee (4/18/19)

Alan García: former Peru president dies after shooting himself before arrest

How the far right spread politically convenient lies about the Notre Dame fire

Bashir May Be Out, But Sudanese Protesters With 'Eye On The Prize' Won't Budge

Ugh: Letters from Joe Biden reveal how he sought support of segregationists in fight against busing

Good: Rep. Maloney introduces bill to ban taxpayer funding of 'conversion therapy'

Scientists: We kept pig brains alive 10 hours after death. Bioethicists: “Holy shit.”

Gross: Puffin defends John Boyne’s YA novel about transgender teen (Though this headline sort of makes it sound like they're defending him against transphobes. The opposite! His book is transphobic and harmful.)

This starts out bad and somehow manages to get steadily worse throughout! White Singers In Hungary Claim To Be African-American, For An Opera

First U.S. Patients Treated With CRISPR As Human Gene-Editing Trials Get Underway

This sounds... weird: 'Oklahoma' TV Series in the Works With Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Afternoon Tea (4/17/19)

Climate Chaos Is Coming — and the Pinkertons Are Ready

The keeper of the secret

Fifty shades of white: the long fight against racism in romance novels

Alaska Relies on Ice. What Happens When It Can’t Be Trusted?

The Controversy Over the Planned Le Corbusier Museum

Morning Coffee (4/17/19)

An important piece from Dahlia Lithwick: What Happened While We Were Waiting for the Mueller Report

Congress Subpoenas Deutsche Bank As Part Of Democrats' Probe Of Trump Finances

Trump moves to resist House inquiries, setting up fight over congressional subpoena powers

The Notre-Dame Rooster and Other Statues That Escaped the Fire

Mirjana Markovic, the ‘Lady Macbeth’ of War-Torn Serbia, Dies at 76

Not a great look! Bernie Sanders Accuses Liberal Think Tank of Smearing Progressive Candidates

Ohh, this is an interesting aspect of the strike I hadn't thought about: Jews face having to find Passover foods without Stop & Shop

!! Unknown Daphne du Maurier poems discovered behind photo frame

Wow: For months, she fell ill at work. Then, police say, she watched video of a co-worker spiking her drink.

Nepalese Expedition Seeks to Find Out if An Earthquake Shrunk Mount Everest

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Afternoon Tea (4/16/19)

From parks to Premier League: the shocking scale of racism in English football

What Was the Washington Post Afraid Of?

This is an interesting read on climate change and real estate: Heaven or High Water

A great interview with a courtroom artist: Murder, She Drew

And a delightful one with Jasmine Guillory! Meghan Markle's Mom Inspired Jasmine Guillory's New Romance Novel, Royal Holiday

Morning Coffee (4/16/19)

The Notre Dame fire is heartbreaking: A France in Turmoil Weeps for a Symbol of Paris’s Enduring Identity

Here's the Guardian's ongoing live blog about the tragedy.

And this has good information from experts: How Catastrophic Is the Notre-Dame Cathedral Fire?

I'm glad this fire seemed smaller, but still, awful: Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque Fire Burns at the Same Time As Flames Engulf Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Mueller report’s release is expected Thursday, Justice Dept. says

Measles Outbreak 'Accelerates,' Health Officials Warn

Good news: Arizona Teachers Can Now Discuss LGBTQ Issues Without Worrying About The Law

It’s the Sexism, Stupid: Why men are dominating the Democratic 2020 primary.

Well, this seems apt: Pulitzer Prizes Focus on Coverage of Trump Finances and Parkland Shooting

This is fascinating: Book of Lost Books Discovered in Danish Archive

Monday, April 15, 2019

Afternoon Tea (4/15/19)

White Supremacists Have Weaponized an Imaginary Viking Past. It's Time to Reclaim the Real History

This was one of those profiles that made me really want to read the subject's work: A Beloved Canadian Novelist Reckons with Her Mennonite Past

Hefty Raises, Olympic Gold, and Then Crumbs for U.S. Women’s Hockey

The Authoritarian Heroes of Game of Thrones

Is your pregnancy app sharing your intimate data with your boss?

Morning Coffee (4/15/19)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

Aww, this hug is so great and important: Buttigieg looking to begin new era in politics with historic candidacy

This report is very long, but worth your time: How Rupert Murdoch’s Empire of Influence Remade the World

What It Takes to Pull Off India’s Gargantuan Election

Assange tried to use embassy as 'centre for spying', says Ecuador's Moreno

The People Demand Answers: What Happened to Julian Assange’s Cat?

Elizabeth Warren is the intellectual powerhouse of the Democratic party

Trolls hijacked a scientist’s image to attack Katie Bouman. They picked the wrong astrophysicist.

So sad. Please read about his incredible work, if you haven't: Ed Westcott, a Singular Eye at the Dawn of the Atomic Age, Dies at 97

Abuse Allegations Rock Vienna Ballet School

Yeah, not good! Transgender Community Reacts to IMDb Publishing Birth Names Without Consent