Friday, March 22, 2019

Afternoon Tea (3/22/19)

This Stacey Abrams profile is amazing and made me love her.

Jasmine Guillory, Author of The Proposal, On Why She Chose To Write About Black Heroines

Simone Biles The Businesswoman: How She Is Now Approaching Gymnastics As A Veteran

A Dazzling Reindeer Camp in Norway Focuses on Preserving Indigenous Culture

One Sly Cat and 2 Crafty Dogs Took Control of a Whole Building in a Hilarious Comedy of Errors. Meet the Man Behind the Viral Story

Morning Coffee (3/22/19)

WHAT A WORLD: Pete Buttigieg is a Hufflepuff, husband reveals

This is a delightful update: We found the (actual) first Jewish woman to finish the Iditarod sled dog race

I am both excited and terrified! ‘Sesame Street’ Live-Action Movie Set for 2021

Progress! Buccaneers hire 2 female assistant coaches

Ooh: Oneworld snaps up Southon's 'dazzling' history of murder in Ancient Rome

Slate is now doing the very important work of telling us how scary movies are, starting with Us.

Leigh Bardugo reveals haunting cover, excerpt for adult debut Ninth House

This is so cute: Cover Reveal and Excerpt: HOW TO BE REMY CAMERON by Julian Winters

This is hilarious: How to Create Your Very Own Crossword Puzzle

Ooh, let's buy some sandals!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Afternoon Tea (3/21/19)

This is great journalism on a complicated, heartbreaking subject: Destined for Export: The troubled legacy of Guatemalan adoptions

Talk about important and heartbreaking: Police stay silent on murder-suicides

Ta-Nehisi Coates Is an Optimist Now: A conversation about race and 2020.

The Duggars Helped Overturn LGBTQ Civil Rights in Arkansas. They Still Have a TV Show.

LGBTQ Reads has a great roundup of new/upcoming historical fiction and I want to read pretty much all of it!

Morning Coffee (3/21/19)

Good: Radovan Karadžić war crimes sentence increased to life in prison

Federal judge demands Trump administration reveal how its drilling plans will fuel climate change

Joe Biden’s plan for an early VP selection is a terrible idea

This marriage is BAFFLING, unless all the conflict is fake and for attention, which I would believe: Trump’s feud with Kellyanne Conway’s husband, explained

George W. Bush really did lie about WMDs, and his aides are still lying for him

Great news! FDA approves first new drug developed for women with postpartum depression

Virginia Cop [SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER, even] Identified As Part Of White Nationalist Group

Good for them: Kickstarter’s staff is unionizing

Don't believe the rumors about them stopping this: Chick-fil-A donated to anti-LGBTQ group that bars employees from ‘homosexual acts’

Blair Braverman becomes first Jewish woman to finish the Iditarod sled dog race (Braverman herself tweeted that there was at least one earlier Jewish woman who competed, but this is still a nice article.)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Afternoon Tea (3/20/19)

This is wild: Rascal Flatts restaurants failed nationwide. Did a Mafia soldier pull the strings?

This filmmaker spent months interviewing neo-Nazis and jihadists. Here’s what she learned.

Masha and Keith Gessen on Writing About Russia

The Hottest Chat App for Teens Is … Google Docs

Impostor/Abuser: Power Dynamics in Publishing

Morning Coffee (3/20/19)

US government uses several clandestine shelters to detain immigrant children

I've seen Sirota's now-deleted tweets and THIS IS SO GROSS: Bernie Sanders Just Hired His Twitter Attack Dog

It is wildly unclear whether Beto O’Rourke supports Medicare-for-all

PBS Chief Paula Kerger Responds To Third Donald Trump Push To De-Fund

Whoa: Nowata County Sheriff, Deputies Resign Over Jail Concerns (EVEN THE K-9. What a good boy.)

lol: Devin Nunes Suing Twitter, Twitter Accounts 'Devin Nunes' Mom' & 'Devin Nunes' Cow'

Baltimore mayor resigns from board of U.-Md. Medical System FOR HAVING THEM SPEND $500k ON HER SELF-PUBLISHED KIDS' BOOKS.

After Years Of Abuse By Priests, #NunsToo Are Speaking Out

Good for them: WNBA stars respond to homophobic SNL skit

US detects huge meteor explosion

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Afternoon Tea (3/19/19)

This is long but it's a great piece on what has happened to the friend who filmed the killing of Eric Garner: Fearing for His Life

A great piece by my friend Jen: Tweens deal with eating disorders, too: Why I write "tough" books for young kids

Behind the behind-the-story stories

Feel better now? The rise and rise of the anxiety economy

Indigenous Cuisine Is Being Served in the Back of a Berkeley Bookstore

Morning Coffee (3/19/19)

It still has to go through the Senate, but yay! N.H. House OKs Birth Certificate Changes in Transgender Cases

This is an important, moving read on the Christchurch attacks and Islamophobia in general: Our Brother, Our Executioner

Exclusive: 7 U.S. Military Members Identified As Part Of White Nationalist Group

Federal Authorities Raided Trump Fundraiser’s Office in Money Laundering Probe

The Summer Zervos sexual assault allegations and lawsuit against Donald Trump, explained

The headline sort of obscures that the prosecutor picked an older victim among DOZENS OF OPTIONS to lessen the punishment: Age of victim in prosecution of Jeffrey Epstein, long a source of confusion, eased his obligations to register as a sex offender

Facebook, Axios And NBC Paid This Guy To Whitewash Wikipedia Pages

lol: France’s EU minister names her cat ‘Brexit’ because ‘he meows loudly to be let out but won’t go through the door’

Ohh: Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, 90, ‘Nate the Great’ Author, Dies

DNA on ancient tobacco pipe links Maryland slave site to West Africa

Monday, March 18, 2019

Afternoon Tea (3/18/19)

A must-read: White Nationalism’s Deep American Roots

I want a whole biography and a series of mysteries and also a TV show about her: Overlooked No More: Isabella Goodwin, New York City’s First Female Police Detective

Interesting piece about blinkered restaurant criticism: A Critic for All Seasons

When Kids Realize Their Whole Life Is Already Online

Yet another wild scam story: Audrey Kitching is a Myspace queen turned energy healer. Critics say she’s also a fraud

Morning Coffee (3/18/19)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

The New Zealand shooter’s manifesto shows how white nationalist rhetoric spreads

Photos: kids in 123 countries went on strike to protect the climate

Welp: Dutch PM compares Theresa May to Monty Python limbless knight

The most reprehensible part of the admissions scandal: faking disability accommodations

UGH: Howard Schultz and His Team Think the Backlash Means They’re ‘Onto Something’

This may be the first case to test genetic genealogy in court: Trial of Seattle man in 1987 killings of Saanich couple set to begin in June

Hal Blaine, Wrecking Crew Drummer and Rock Hall of Fame Member, Dies at 90

Here are updated numbers on children's books by and about BIPOC. They're not good!

I will try this: First Look at ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite,’ the Next Game From the Makers of ‘Pokemon Go’

Wow: Watch the Vice musical number cut from Adam McKay's Dick Cheney biopic

Friday, March 15, 2019

Afternoon Tea (3/15/19)

IT'S HERE: The 2018(ish) Hater’s Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog

Lori Loughlin Is the Hallmark Channel's Best-Loved Actor, So What Happens Now?

Fascinating: How Inuit Parents Teach Kids To Control Their Anger

THIS IS VERY ALARMING: Wild Ice

Alexandre Dumas’s Magnum Opus Was a Massive Cookbook

Morning Coffee (3/15/19)

Time for Friday happy links!

!! Emma Haruka Iwao smashes pi world record with Google help

Aw I love this story about Iditarod pizza delivery.

Ooh, interesting new research: Mary Rose crew might have included sailors of African heritage

U.S. Postal Service Reveals Additional Stamps for 2019 Sesame Street! Dinosaurs! Halloween!

I finally watched an Aladdin trailer and . . . sure!

Can't wait for this: It’s Live!! Cover Reveal: Michigan vs. the Boys by Carrie S. Allen + Giveaway

And this: Exclusive: Natalie C. Parker Reveals the Cover of 'Steel Tide'

Yay Steph Perkins!! Patrick Brice To Helm ‘There’s Someone Inside Your House’ Film For Netflix

New Interactive ‘Carmen Sandiego’ Caper Comes to Google Earth

Whoa: Daily Frolic: ‘Clueless’ lip gloss is like, totally available

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Afternoon Tea (3/14/19)

When a Dissident Becomes a Collaborator

I Found Healing With A Famed Spiritualist. Then He Was Arrested As A Sexual Predator.

Hayley Wickenheiser longs for the day we’ll ‘stop including gender’ as a qualifier

Sexing up history: how to study and tell the history of sex

Icebergs Can Be Surprisingly Colorful

Morning Coffee (3/14/19)

GOOD: California Death Penalty Suspended; 737 Inmates Get Stay of Execution

NOT GOOD: Military Officially Moves to Bar Over 13,700 Transgender Members

New York Charges Manafort With 16 Crimes. If He’s Convicted, Trump Can’t Pardon Him.

Prosecutors Seek Records on Cohen’s ‘Back Channel’ With Giuliani

America’s Defining Divide Isn’t Left vs. Right. It’s Old vs. Young.

‘Safety’ In U.S. Schools Means More Cops And Fewer Counselors

YAYYY, Alaska Native musher Pete Kaiser won the Iditarod!

Oooh: Hugh Jackman to Lead Broadway Revival of 'The Music Man'

Spotify Files Anti-Competition Complaint Against Apple in Europe

Pig Remains Show How Far Prehistoric People Traveled to Visit Stonehenge

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Afternoon Tea (3/13/19)

Physicists are decoding math-y secrets of knitting to make bespoke materials

Raheem Sterling Has Had Enough

The Cold Case Factory

The Modern Trap of Turning Hobbies Into Hustles

Reading Recommendations: Latinx Young Adult Novels for Your 2019 TBR List

Morning Coffee (3/13/19)

Senators Introduce Legislation to Finally Repeal the Hyde Amendment and End Wide-Ranging Federal Abortion-Funding Ban

Theresa May’s Brexit deal fails — again

DeVos Illegally Delayed Special Education Rule, Judge Says

This is awful: On Disability and on Facebook? Uncle Sam Wants to Watch What You Post

Elizabeth Warren wants to ban the US from using nuclear weapons first

THIS IS WILD: The FBI’s college admissions fraud case against Felicity Huffman and many more, explained

What Does North Macedonia’s Name Change Have to Do with NATO?

WHOA: Levine Leaving Scholastic to Launch Publishing Venture

X-Ray Analysis Reveals Self-Portrait Hidden Under Artemisia Gentileschi Painting

Ooh, interesting: Watch Molly Shannon as Emily Dickinson in New ‘Wild Nights With Emily’ Trailer

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Afternoon Tea (3/12/19)

Wow: WWF's Secret War

This is a tough read, but it's another interesting case of a crime solved via genetic genealogy: A baby frozen in a ditch haunted a South Dakota town for 38 years. Now his mother has been found.

HBO’s The Case Against Adnan Syed comes armed with an agenda and little else

The Oldest American Picture Book Still in Print is Obviously About Cats

An Instagram-worthy Bible aimed at millennials

Morning Coffee (3/12/19)

Shocker: Trump proposes big cuts to health programs for poor, elderly and disabled

Reminder: The president regularly spends the weekend hobnobbing privately with rich clients

The anti-Semitism crisis tearing the UK Labour Party apart, explained

The Trouble With Biden

Hampshire College, a Child of the Sixties, Faces Its “Visioning Problem”

High tech connects Iditarod fans to the off-the-grid sled-dog race

Stop stealing other people's artifacts! Babylonian treasure seized at Heathrow to be returned to Iraq

A new Miss Marple show??

Oh neat: Library Of Congress And Ken Burns Team On Historical Documentary Prize

Scientists Thread A Nano-Needle To Modify The Genes Of Plants

Monday, March 11, 2019

Afternoon Tea (3/11/19)

This is an fascinating read about new books defending ethnonationalism: The New Reactionaries

'Do you ever think about me?': the children sex tourists leave behind

Ryan Adams and the Perils of the Rock-Genius Myth

Awwww: 'Everything Just Came Flooding Back': Sparks Of Teen Romance Rekindled 28 Years Later

I want a TV show about a fashion detective: 'Underwear dates well': how fashion forensics are helping solve crimes

Weekly Rec: Nothing Much Happens

I often have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, and dealing with nightmares - I have for a long time. Last week I finally tried something a friend had been recommending and so far it's been helping more than any other individual thing I've tried. And it's a podcast, of all things! It's called Nothing Much Happens and it's bedtime stories for grown-ups, in which "nothing much happens, you feel good and then you fall asleep." I was skeptical but I swear this is some kind of sorcery. The combination of the content of the stories and the soothing delivery has been putting me to sleep IMMEDIATELY and seems to be helping with my nightmares too. Give it a try next time you're having trouble sleeping!

Morning Coffee (3/11/19)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

Judge: Immigration Must Account For Thousands More Migrant Kids Split Up From Parents

Rotting food and endangered patients: How Venezuelans are faring during continuing nationwide power outages

Good for them: U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Sues U.S. Soccer for Gender Discrimination

La Gordiloca: The Swearing Muckraker Upending Border Journalism

The Ripped Bodice has updated this with the 2018 report, and it's not great! The State of Racial Diversity in Romance Publishing Report

How High School Sex Ed Can Help Prevent Rape In College

YAY: Captain Marvel shatters box office ceiling with $153 million opening weekend

AND: ‘Captain Marvel’ Composer Shatters Glass Ceiling for Superhero Movies

NASA unveils stunning images of merging supersonic shockwaves

Can't wait to watch this and get mad1 THE SPANISH PRINCESS: Starz Sets May Premiere, Releases New Trailer

Friday, March 8, 2019

Afternoon Tea (3/8/19)

Here's a great piece by and about women running the Iditarod: Cool Runnings

The Olympics Are Over, but Tessa Virtue Is Just Getting Started

Stacey Abrams, Star Trek Nerd, Is Traveling at Warp Speed

Taylor Swift is delightful, don't @ me: 30 Things I Learned Before Turning 30

A History of the American Public Library

Morning Coffee (3/8/19)

FRIDAY HAPPY LINKS.

THE BEST STORY OF THE WEEK: The story of the Iditarod-hopeful dog who got loose and followed teams for 30 miles

Wait, this one is also great: A student brought his baby to class because he didn’t have child care. His professor lent a hand.

Come for the feel-good library story, stay for the Beatles puns: Good Day Sunshine: 1968 Beatles 'Life' Magazine Finally Returned To Library

THIS BOOK IS SO GREAT: Amy Spalding's New Book 'We Used To Be Friends' Takes An Unexpected Look At Friend Breakups — Start Reading Now

And I'm so excited for this one: Exclusive Cover Reveal: Dahlia Adler's Poe-Inspired Anthology, His Hideous Heart

There's fanfic at The Met and it's all because of the Tale of Genji

Dev Patel to Star in David Lowery’s Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Film

Well! Hear Arcade Fire's rendition of 'Baby Mine' in new Dumbo teaser

Opera Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Women Composers & Their Operas?

I'm relieved that this sorted me correctly: Choose Some Pasta And We'll Put You In Your True Hogwarts House

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Afternoon Tea (3/7/19)

This is wild: The Fake Sex Doctor Who Conned the Media Into Publicizing His Bizarre Research on Suicide, Butt-Fisting, and Bestiality

As is this, actually: Anarchy, Bitcoin, and Murder in Acapulco

When the story comes before the survivor

How the Weather Gets Weaponized in Climate Change Messaging

The Hidden History of the Nutmeg Island That Was Traded for Manhattan

Morning Coffee (3/7/19)

This is (should be) big: In the Middle of His Official Business, Trump Took the Time to Send Checks to Michael Cohen

N.H. Senate Considers Outlawing Discrimination In Public Schools Considers! Wouldn't want to be too hasty!

Well, Actually, Voting for a Woman Does Matter

Trump's War on California

House Democrats will introduce bill to reinstate net neutrality rules

SHOCKING: Revealed: Ukip membership surge shifts party to far right

Wow: In biggest advance for depression in years, FDA approves novel treatment for hardest cases

GOOD: Court Rules That Shitty Media Men List Creator Can't Be Sued for Emotional Distress, Questions Relevance of Her Tweets About 'Hating Men'

Two Nobel Prizes in Literature to Be Awarded This Year After Scandal

Lost Caravaggio painting found in attic could fetch $171 million at auction

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Afternoon Tea (3/6/19)

‘This Land Is Meant Only for Saffron. Without It, It Means Nothing.’

An interesting piece about Texas archaeology: On the Range

The Fan-Fiction Friendship That Fueled a Romance-Novel Empire

Quantum Physics Could Protect the Grid From Hackers—Maybe

Gradients: the colorful design trend aiming to soothe these anxious times

Morning Coffee (3/6/19)

These guys are despicable: New Hampshire Republicans Wore Pearls To Oppose Gun Bill & Survivors Are Livid

Explosive devices found at Waterloo station, Heathrow and City airports

Nazi salutes and a swastika made of red cups: Newport Beach students condemned for ‘abhorrent anti-Semitic activity’

!!! H.I.V. Is Reported Cured in a Second Patient, a Milestone in the Global AIDS Epidemic

How many times does she have to say this? She’s not running: Hillary Clinton rules out 2020 bid

Men Still Report the Bulk of Our Elections Coverage

Wow, this should be interesting: Pope Francis to Allow Access to Holocaust-Era Documents of Pius XII

This is... not good: The Obama Presidential Library That Isn’t

YouTube Bans Comments on Videos of Young Children in Bid to Block Predators

Jean Fairfax, Unsung but Undeterred in Integrating Schools, Dies at 98

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Afternoon Tea (3/5/19)

This is fascinating and terrifying: A World Without Clouds

Workism Is Making Americans Miserable

A ‘Tradition’ Omission: I Had Never Seen ‘Fiddler’ Until Now

Yasin Abu Bakr: Leader of Western world's only Islamist coup

11 Books With South Asian Characters You Should Read in 2019

Morning Coffee (3/5/19)

House Judiciary panel launches sweeping Trump probe

Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould: The crisis that could unseat Canada's PM

Why Measles Is a Quintessential Political Issue of Our Time

The Gay-Rights Activists Hoping for a Legal Victory in Kenya

9 polling experts explain what could happen if Joe Biden doesn’t run for the presidency

Out Magazine’s Fresh Start Overshadowed by a Bitter Money Dispute

Ooh: Former ballerina takes legal action against managers of Balanchine’s ballets

Black History Trail Makes 200 Stops Across Massachusetts

Hollywood Diversity Report Finds Progress, But Much Left To Gain

Oh wow: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad women's race halted as rider catches men's race

Monday, March 4, 2019

Afternoon Tea (3/4/19)

What's Next For New Yorker Reporter Jane Mayer?

Leaving Neverland Puts Victims First

One Twin Committed the Crime — but Which One? A New DNA Test Can Finger the Culprit

I’m a Journalist. Apparently, I’m Also One of America’s “Top Doctors.”

I'm So Sorry, But Here's How Some Male Authors For Really Real Described Women In Books

Morning Coffee (3/4/19)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

This makes interesting points about both Cohen and Netanyahu: The week democracy struck back

Sign Falsely Linking Muslim Congresswoman To Sept. 11 Sparks Outrage In West Virginia

Behind Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Masterful Interrogation Of Michael Cohen

What’s Missing From The Most Important Debate On The Left

Labour faces new row over efforts to curb antisemitism

SpaceX and NASA Launch Is First Step to Renewed Human Spaceflight

This is great and/but made me wonder what U.S. hospitals do! England to Offer Hospital Patients Free Sanitary Products

SIGH: Oscars: Steven Spielberg to Express Netflix Concerns at Upcoming Academy Meeting

The Cut Expands Into Fiction

Heh: Either Johnny Manziel's Wife Is The Fastest Runner In Recorded History Or She Cheated At A Half Marathon

Friday, March 1, 2019

Afternoon Tea (3/1/19)

How Mushers Train Their Bodies for the Iditarod

Indigenous People's Long Road to Visibility in Hollywood

10 2019 Bisexual YA Books to Put on Your TBR Right Now

A Trip Through Norway's Burgeoning Cheese Scene

An AI reading list — from practical primers to sci-fi short stories

Morning Coffee (3/1/19)

FRIDAY HAPPY LINKS!

The Royal We sequel news!!

And some very important Veronica Mars casting news.

Exclusive preview: Obama and Biden return as action heroes in Hope Rides Again

!!! 'Baby-Sitters Club' Reboot Lands at Netflix

The new Star Wars section of Disneyland sounds amazing and I'm not even that into Star Wars.

Aww, look at this cat photobombing Harry and Meghan.

Serial Box is partnering with Marvel to tell new serialized stories about your favorite superheroes

This sounds great and THIS COVER: Cover Reveal: Beyond the Black Door by A.M. Strickland

I love this Wonder Woman spa set.

Game Of Thrones Oreos Are Coming Just In Time For The Final Season

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Afternoon Tea (2/28/19)

The Lost World of Yiddish Anarchists

Pop culture is no longer full of apocalyptic nuclear visions. That’s too bad.

The Master of Spin

Asexual Readers Just Want Ace Characters to Live Full, Diverse Lives On the Page

Ted Bundy, Billy McFarland, and the Weaponization of White Male Charm

Morning Coffee (2/28/19)

YAY: House passes most sweeping gun control legislation in decades

Vox has a bunch of good pieces about different aspect of the Michael Cohen hearing here.

North Carolina Operative Indicted in Connection With Absentee Voter Fraud

Why it Matters if Trump Knew About Stone's Contacts with WikiLeaks

Chicago Runoff Ensures City Will Elect Its First Black Woman As Mayor

U.S. denied tens of thousands more visas in 2018 due to travel ban: data

Germany Is Testing the Limits of Democracy

Good for her: Emma Thompson’s letter to Skydance: Why I can’t work for John Lasseter

Facebook wants up to 30% of fan subscriptions vs Patreon’s 5%

Bill Jenkins, Who Tried to Halt Tuskegee Syphilis Study, Dies at 73

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Afternoon Tea (2/27/19)

This piece on Facebook content moderators is a LOT, just to warn you, but it's a must-read if you can handle it: The Trauma Floor

Hoda Muthana and Shamima Begum: Citizenship and Expatriation in the U.S. and U.K.

Drowned out by the algorithm: Vaccination advocates struggle to be heard online

This is beautiful: How Marie Kondo Helped Me Sort Out My Gender

Move Over, Lady Psychopaths: The Locked-Room Mystery Is Back

Morning Coffee (2/27/19)

Congress just got one step closer to blocking Trump’s national emergency

Thousands of migrant youth allegedly suffered sexual abuse in U.S. custody

Mark Harris, Tainted by Fraud Allegations, Will Not Run in New North Carolina Election

U.S. Cyber Command operation disrupted Internet access of Russian troll factory on day of 2018 midterms

Venezuela’s Food Crisis Reaches a Breaking Point

Exposing Amy Klobuchar’s Mistreatment Of Staff Is Not Sexist

SIGH: Harvey Weinstein Tells Female Lawyers Repping Him at Discount Will Be Good for Their Careers: Report

The Lesson of the Jussie Smollett Case

The Washington Post announces the launch of the Jamal Khashoggi Fellowship

The Magnitude of Black Panther’s Technical-Oscar Wins

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Afternoon Tea (2/26/19)

THIS IS FASCINATING: Have Dark Forces Been Messing With the Cosmos?

The knitting community is reckoning with racism

Why is Young Adult fiction still so afraid of gay sex?

The curse of the Twitter reply guy

I'm so excited for Queen's Shadow: A Guide to the Royal Handmaidens of Naboo

Morning Coffee (2/26/19)

Me elsewhere: I wrote about why local elections are important in a guest column in the local paper!

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Jeremy Corbyn: we’ll back a second referendum to stop Tory no-deal Brexit

Uh... Mohammad Javad Zarif: Iran's foreign minister announces resignation

A Lawsuit by a Campaign Worker Is the Latest Challenge to Trump’s Nondisclosure Agreements

Green Book’s frustrating Best Picture win, explained

AGREED: Green Book’s Best Picture Win Wasn’t the Most Embarrassing Oscar Victory. This Was.

The fashion was good, though, and I loved the pink dress trend.

This is about an event I attended! What does Pete Buttigieg bring to the table? Experience — really.

SO INFURIATING: Viagra Might Relieve Period Cramps, but Male Pharmaceutical Execs Don't Care

Hilde Lysiak, The 12-Year-Old Journo Inspiration Of Apple TV Series, Strikes Again

Oh how sad: Stanley Donen, Director of Iconic Movie Musicals, Dies at 94

Monday, February 25, 2019

Afternoon Tea (2/25/19)

Inside the Rise and Fall of a Multimillion-Dollar Airbnb Scheme

This is a great interview with Casey McQuiston about her upcoming prince/president's son rom-com, WHICH IS EXTREMELY GOOD.

Heavy Metal Confronts Its Nazi Problem

Is the Insect Apocalypse Really Upon Us?

What Happens When Sister Cities Break Up?

Morning Coffee (2/25/19)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week!

Here are the Oscar winners. What a mix of great and terrible!

Russian Spy or Hustling Political Operative? The Enigmatic Figure at the Heart of Mueller’s Inquiry

How Amy Berman Jackson Got Roger Stone to Step in It and Then Step in It Again

‘The Monsters Are the Men’: Inside a Thriving Sex Trafficking Trade in Florida

Why the Party Defections Over Brexit Are a Cautionary Tale for the U.S.

Good: With women in combat roles, a federal court rules the male-only draft unconstitutional

‘Sustained and ongoing’ disinformation assault targets Dem presidential candidates

Rubella gave me a disability. This is my message to anti-vaxxers

Here's the great Nora Roberts on the current big plagiarism case in the romance genre.

How Extra Arts Education at School Boosts Students’ Writing Scores — And Their Compassion

Sunday, February 24, 2019

My 2019 Oscar Picks

Longtime readers may have noticed that I didn't do my full Oscar project this year, and it was for a few reasons, honestly. First of all, it takes a LOT of time, and I decided I'd rather keep some of that time centered on my own writing. It's also really expensive - last year when I saw virtually everything, I had MoviePass, and that helped a lot. And I just didn't really want to give my money to a few of the big nominees this year, especially Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book.

So! I'm going to go through each category and tell you which of the nominees I saw, and my choice among the nominees. And if I thought something else should be nominated, I'll probably throw that in too. I'm not making predictions because a. this year is BONKERS and b. that leads to completely self-imposed stress with no real payoff. You can read the full list of nominees here.

Best Picture: I saw Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite, Roma, and Vice. My pick is definitely The Favourite, though I would be okay with any of those winning except probably Vice. I would have definitely nominated If Beale Street Could Talk in this category - it can take Green Book's place - and while we're at it let's replace Bohemian Rhapsody with Colette.

Actor in a Leading Role: The only one I saw was Christian Bale in Vice, and while I didn't think the movie worked overall, he did a good job of completely losing himself inside the character, which the Academy tends to like. I can't really think of anyone I'd add to the nominees; apparently I can't muster much interest in lead actors this year.

Actor in a Supporting Role: I've seen Adam Driver in BlacKkKlansman and Sam Rockwell in Vice, and of them I'd definitely pick Driver. I might throw Ethan Hawke for Juliet, Naked into the mix.

Actress in a Leading Role: I've seen Yalitza Aparicio in Roma, Glenn Close in The Wife, and Olivia Colman in The Favourite. Colman should absolutely win no matter what, but I would have nominated KiKi Layne for If Beale Street Could Talk, Keira Knightley for Colette, and maybe Rose Byrne for Juliet, Naked.

Actress in a Supporting Role: Oh hey, I've seen all of these! They're Amy Adams for Vice, Marina de Tavira for Roma, Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk, and both Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz for The Favourite. Rachel Weisz should get it, and if she doesn't I'm pretty sure Twitter will burn down the world.

Animated Feature Film: Oops, I didn't make it to any of these, but I've heard so much amazing stuff about Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse that I really WNAT to see it even though I don't particularly care about Spider-Man.

Cinematography: I've seen The Favourite and Roma and I'd be fine with either of them winning. It is a CRIME that If Beale Street Could Talk was not nominated.

Costume Design: I've seen Black Panther, The Favourite, and Mary Poppins Returns and . . . they all deserve it! But WHITHER COLETTE?????

Directing: I've seen BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite, Roma, and Vice, and I'd give it to The Favourite but I wouldn't be TOO upset about Spike Lee finally winning. I'd have nominated If Beale Street Could Talk here as well.

Documentary Feature: The only one I've managed to see so far is RBG and it was good! But I am BAFFLED that Won't You Be My Neighbor? was snubbed; it would be my pick.

Documentary Short Subject: I've seen them all, and this category can be hard to navigate because the nominees are so often tied to important current events and issues, and it can be hard to draw the distinction between important CAUSES and deserving FILMS. But I think I want A Night at the Garden to win just to freak out the right.

Film Editing: I've seen BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite, and Vice. As with several categories, probably, I'd pick The Favourite but also nominate If Beale Street Could Talk.

Foreign Language Film: I've only seen Roma so far, but it's certainly deserving.

Makeup and Hairstyling: I've seen Vice, and sure, whatever, I guess. I'd nominate A Wrinkle in Time and probably Colette here.

Original Score: I've seen Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, If Beale Street Could Talk, and Mary Poppins Returns, and they were all good but I'd give it to If Beale Street Could Talk. And I'd nominate Colette! Sigh.

Original Song: I've seen Black Panther, RBG, and Mary Poppins Returns, and I don't really have strong feelings about any of these songs but I guess I'd go with Mary Poppins Returns. I'd nominate "Alfie's Song" from Love, Simon and maybe "Flower of the Universe" from A Wrinkle in Time, and I'd probably give it to one of the original songs from Juliet, Naked. Maybe "Sunday Never Comes."

Production Design: I've seen them all - Black Panther, The Favourite, First Man, Mary Poppins Returns, Roma - and I'd go with Black Panther here, I think. And I'd nominate If Beale Street Could Talk and Colette and actually maybe Love, Simon too.

Animated Short Film: I've seen them all and I'd give it to One Small Step, which was just a delight. Late Afternoon was also great.

Live Action Short Film: Ugh, this was the TERRIBLE THINGS HAPPENING TO CHILDREN category. I'd probably go with Mother - it took a very limited cast and set and I assume budget and made it into a really compelling thriller. (Marguerite also did a lot with very little and no children killed or were killed in that one!)

Sound Editing: I've seen Black Panther, First Man, and Roma, and I'll go with Black Panther.

Sound Mixing: I know these are different but my answer happens to be the same as above.

Visual Effects: I've seen First Man and Solo, and I'll go with Solo. But I'd probably give it to Black Panther.

Adapted Screenplay: I've seen BlacKkKlansman and If Beale Street Could Talk and will go with the latter, though I'd nominate Juliet, Naked here as well.

Original Screenplay: I've seen The Favourite, First Reformed, Roma, and Vice, and I'd go with The Favourite.

Morning Coffee (2/24/19)

Manafort Is Expected to Face Charges in New York, Even if Trump Pardons Him

10 Hate Groups Operating In NH, Watchdog Group Says

The fight over whether ISIS recruit Hoda Muthana is a US citizen, explained

This is, uh, really bad! Trump Administration Blocks Funds for Planned Parenthood and Others Over Abortion Referrals

The big divide among 2020 Democrats over trade — and why it matters

Heh: 10 things I've said to my preschooler and a Bernie bro

This is both cool and kind of alarming! This Walking Robot Navigates Using the Sun, No GPS Required

Oldest skull mudlarked from Thames belongs to neolithic male

The 'von' trap: Austrian battle over three noble letters

Sigh: This man is trying to sue his parents for giving birth to him

Friday, February 22, 2019

Afternoon Tea (2/22/19)

This is fascinating: How Do You Preserve History On The Moon?

The woman who had a lesbian church ‘wedding’ in 1834 – and whose diaries turned everything historians knew about sex on its head

Why You Should Be Reading Romance Novels

Colonial Williamsburg Serves Up The Past So You Can Try A Taste Of History

The Art of Repairing Broken Ceramics Creates a New Kind of Beauty

Morning Coffee (2/22/19)

Time for Friday happy links! Back to all the terrible stuff tomorrow, I promise.

VERY EXCITED FOR THIS NUREYEV MOVIE.

OOH: Stieg Larsson's investigation of Swedish PM's assassination revealed in new book

!!! Mary H. K. Choi is back with another lovely, social-media tinged YA romance: Exclusive preview

This is exciting but it's weird that they don't mention they've already... done a bunch of movies? ‘American Girl’ Live-Action Movie in the Works With Mattel and MGM

Interesting: CBS Turns to Artificial Intelligence to Glean Viewers’ Emotional Responses to TV Shows

Ooh, NPR has a new history podcast!

Whoa: French Designer Uses The Spines Of Books To Create Extraordinary Dresses

Excited for this: Camryn Garrett’s Full Disclosure: Take an Exclusive First Look at the Book Cover

A bunch of my favorites are up for these YA Oscars! Go vote, YA readers!

I got 8/10: Can You Guess the Oscar Film From the IMDb Parents Guide Content Warning?

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Afternoon Tea (2/21/19)

The Gay History of America’s Classic Children’s Books

The complicated, always racist history of blackface

When India Kicked Out Coca-Cola, Local Sodas Thrived

Sheela-na-gigs: The naked women adorning Britain's churches

A deluge of 'red-pilled' rage: Young white men are being radicalized online and acting out violently

Morning Coffee (2/21/19)

‘I am dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on earth’: A self-proclaimed white nationalist planned a mass terrorist attack, the government says

Anti-Semitic Attacks Fuel Continuing Rise in Hate Crimes in New York

Trump is exploiting the Venezuela crisis in order to win the 2020 presidential election

Reports say Robert Mueller could conclude his Trump-Russia investigation next week

Northern Ireland police accused of concealing data on loyalist killings

Welp: Fox News Rejected an Oscar-Nominated Documentary’s Ad Over Nazi Imagery, but It Doesn’t Always Seem to Bother Them

America’s Insanely Expensive Child Care Is a Serious Economic Problem

Amazon’s $0 corporate income tax bill last year, explained

Good! #OscarsSoWhite Creator April Reign to Attend Academy Awards: "I Feel Immense Pride"

Women in Music? The Song Remains the Same, Annenberg Study Shows