Friday, January 18, 2019

Afternoon Tea (1/18/19)

‘Project Blue Book’ Is Based on a True U.F.O. Story. Here It Is.

Welcome to the Gymternet, where fantasy gymnastics reigns supreme

Spies in the Speakeasy: Crime Fiction of the 1920s

The Art Of Craft: Ruth E. Carter Breaks Down Series Of Early Sketches For ‘Black Panther’ Costumes

I Can’t Stop Watching European Crime Dramas

Morning Coffee (1/18/19)

Time for Friday happy links! Almost all books and movies and royals today. Sorry not sorry?

Aaah, Let It Snow cast!

Spider-Man: Far From Home Is First Marvel Film to Cast Out Trans Actors

Here's a look at Sarah Rees Brennan's Sabrina prequel novel!

Look, ballet logistics! Kate Visits the Royal Opera House in Oscar de la Renta

And: Behold, Kate Middleton Making Pizza

I Can Already Tell Who My Favorite Captain Marvel Character Is: Goose the Cat

This is gorgeous and sounds great: 'This Time Will Be Different' Is A New YA Novel About Family History, A Flower Shop, And Moving Forward

A+E Studios Partners with Swoon Reads to Develop YA for TV/Film!

Oh, this could be good: Disney Rings ‘Hunchback’ Bell: David Henry Hwang To Script Live Action Musical, Alan Menken/Stephen Schwartz Writing Music

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Afternoon Tea (1/17/19)

‘I Love My Skin!’ Why Black Parents Are Turning to Afrocentric Schools

'Ravens and Red Lipstick' unearths an unexpected portrait over 70 years of Japanese photography

How a Drug-Addicted Art Critic Created the Perfect Sleuth for the Jazz Age

These Whales Are Serenaders of the Seas. It’s Quite a Racket.

Quinoa Whiskey? Modified Crop List Spurs Distilleries To Try Alternative Grains

Morning Coffee (1/17/19)

Good for her: Pelosi Asks Trump to Reschedule State of the Union Amid Shutdown

Federal Watchdog Finds Government Ignored Emoluments Clause With Trump Hotel

Barr May Do Exactly What Trump Wants

Steve King says he was just defending ‘Western Civilization.’ That’s racist, too.

Of course: Karen Pence to teach at school that bans gay students, parents, employees

Yay! Gov. Laura Kelly reinstates ban on anti-LGBT bias in first official action

Sacklers Directed Efforts to Mislead Public About OxyContin, New Documents Indicate

Interim MSU President John Engler Says Larry Nassar's Victims Are Having A Blast In The "Spotlight" (UPDATE: he resigned.)

And: University of Michigan Fires Gymnastics Coach With Ties to Nassar Scandal

Facebook's '10 Year Challenge' Is Just a Harmless Meme—Right?

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Afternoon Tea (1/16/19)

This was wild: The Empty Mason Jar of the Influencer Economy: The Case of Caroline Calloway and her Creativity Workshop Tour

The Best Skin-Care Trick Is Being Rich

12 of Our Most Anticipated Historical YA Fiction of 2019

The Mormon polygamists who believe Missouri is the 'promised land'

The History of Blood

Morning Coffee (1/16/19)

Theresa May loses Brexit deal vote by majority of 230

Redefining Representation: The Women of the 116th Congress

FINALLY: Steve King Removed From Committee Assignments Over White Supremacy Remark

Judge Orders Trump Administration To Remove 2020 Census Citizenship Question

Actually, the Numbers Show That We Need More Immigration, Not Less

Bidding Farewell To 'Hello, Dolly!': Actress Carol Channing Dies At 97

Goodbye, New York. Adam Moss Is Leaving the Magazine He Has Edited for 15 Years.

The research here is interesting: Consider Firing Your Male Broker

This news from my dad's hometown is so sad: Fire Destroys Historic American Shakespeare Festival Theatre in Stratford, CT

I am cautiously optimistic: Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ Finds Its Maria, Anita, Bernardo & Chino

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Afternoon Tea (1/15/19)

The Global Legacy of Quebec’s Subsidized Child Daycare

Fascinating: If True, This Could Be One of the Greatest Discoveries in Human History

In Praise of Iris Murdoch

The perennial debate about whether your phone is secretly listening to you, explained

David Maurer, the Dean of Criminal Language

Morning Coffee (1/15/19)

President Trump Rejects Proposal to Temporarily Reopen the Government

Federal worker forced to ration insulin because of government shutdown

Aww: Canada’s Air Controllers, Purveyors of Pizza Goodwill

LAUSD teachers strike to send a message: 'All we want is a fair shot'

Rep. Rashida Tlaib cursing got 5 times more coverage on cable news than Rep. Steve King embracing white supremacy

Britons make 170,000 antisemitic Google searches a year, study finds

The Strange Marketplace for Diabetes Test Strips

‘A 10 isn’t enough’: This UCLA gymnast’s flawless floor routine just broke the Internet

Michael Atiyah, Mathematician in Newton’s Footsteps, Dies at 89

Ooh! It’s Official! Michelle Yeoh ‘Star Trek’ Spinoff In Development At CBS All Access

Monday, January 14, 2019

Afternoon Tea (1/14/19)

When a Lynching Memorial Becomes a Photo Opportunity

The Plot to Kill George Washington

The Israel of Amos Oz

6 YA Anthologies to Look for in 2019

Can Netflix Take Turkey’s TV Dramas to the World?

Morning Coffee (1/14/19)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

Trump has concealed details of his face-to-face encounters with Putin from senior officials in administration

An Ocean Engineer and a Nuclear Physicist Walk Into Congress …

On The Navajo Nation, 5,000 Workers Dependent On A Federal Paycheck

Who’s disproportionately prosecuted for human trafficking? Young black men.

GOOD: DNA discoverer James Watson loses honors over views on race

These women survived domestic abuse, now they're sharpshooters protecting animals from poachers

Millennial Women Are Pouring Into Jobs, Fueling U.S. Labor Gains

Ooh: Netflix's 'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch' Leads to "Choose Your Own Adventure" Trademark Lawsuit

Welsh farmstead is rare medieval hall house, experts confirm

Hmm: Movies Are Getting Better And Better, Those Rising Scores Say

Friday, January 11, 2019

Afternoon Tea (1/11/19)

This roundtable was a DELIGHT: Here's What It's Really Like To Be An Internet Advice Columnist

Off the chart: the big comeback of paper maps

The Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2019: Part 1

A Changeling in My Own Skin

A Brief History of Cheddar Cheese

Morning Coffee (1/11/19)

Time for Friday happy links!

Your feel-good story of the day: Actor Joe Manganiello brings his love of Dungeons and Dragons to kids at Pittsburgh hospital

AMAZING: British Museum realises 'vase' is in fact an ancient mace-head displayed upside down

!! Netflix Orders ‘Shadow And Bone’ Series Based On Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse Novels From Eric Heisserer & Shawn Levy

I am obsessed with this New Yorker cover.

Starbucks’ Newest Drink Tastes Just Like Cookie Butter

Meghan Markle’s Royal Patronages Will Focus on These Four Interests

Heh: Fact-checking the mob song from ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Fug Nation Loves Slippers!

The Best Time of Day to Book Your Next Flight

Let's go! This Book-filled Hotel in Cambridge, England, Is the Ultimate Getaway for Bibliophiles

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Afternoon Tea (1/10/19)

This story is QUITE SOMETHING: The Itsy-Bitsy, Teenie-Weenie, Very Litigious Bikini

I have limited sympathy for Shelley sometimes but this was fascinating: Wielded by a Wizard

A Photographer’s Quest to Reverse China’s Historical Amnesia

'One Cut of the Dead' Bootleg Reveals Amazon Prime's Piracy Problem

She awed the country before Amelia Earhart even took to the skies

Morning Coffee (1/10/19)

“Immigrants are coming over the border to kill you” is the only speech Trump knows how to give

Oh look, the only thing he actually cares about: "The response by Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer has slightly larger preliminary numbers than the president's address."

Good: Investigators Looking Into Accusations From R. Kelly Documentary

Wow, what a story: Bernice Sandler, ‘Godmother of Title IX,’ Dies at 90

How marginal tax rates actually work, explained with a cartoon

Qanon-Believing Proud Boy Accused of Murdering ‘Lizard’ Brother With Sword

Not good! Democrats Faked Online Push to Outlaw Alcohol in Alabama Race

The Taming of Poland's Far Right

Nobody Is Moving Our Cheese: American Surplus Reaches Record High

Broadway Actors Pushing for Profit-Sharing in Creation of Shows

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Afternoon Tea (1/9/19)

He runs one amateur football game per year. He makes more than $1 million.

This made me very much want to read her fiction, as I mostly knew of the films: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and the Art of Ambivalence

Where Doulas Calm Nerves and Bridge Cultures During Childbirth

Welcome to Брайтон Бич, Brooklyn

The Anglo-Saxon origins of the English counties

Morning Coffee (1/9/19)

Manafort Shared Trump Campaign Data With Russian Associate, Prosecutors Say

“He’s not hurting the people he needs to be”: a Trump voter says the quiet part out loud

Why Men Find the New Congresswomen So Frightening

I Was Sexually Harassed On Bernie Sanders’ Campaign. And No One Cared.

Yay! Ex-felons can now sign up to vote in Florida

Of course: Trump administration considers rollback of anti-discrimination rules

'It's like 1984': Venezuela targets human rights defenders

Another Black Man Has Died in the Home of Democratic Donor Ed Buck

!! Lin-Manuel Miranda and Friends Purchase Drama Book Shop

The Americans finally wins a Golden Globe for best drama

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Afternoon Tea (1/8/19)

Vice doesn’t want to humanize Dick Cheney. So instead, it (maybe) demonizes America.

This made me want to read her books: Sally Rooney Gets in Your Head

The Soccer Politics of Morocco

Scientists Have 'Hacked Photosynthesis' In Search Of More Productive Crops

The Jonestown We Don't Know

Morning Coffee (1/8/19)

!!!! Cyntoia Brown Is Granted Clemency After 15 Years in Prison

Oh good: Saudi woman fleeing family temporarily admitted to Thailand

Only six immigrants in terrorism database stopped by CBP at southern border in first half of 2018 The administration said it was 4000.

I.R.S. Will Issue Tax Refunds During Shutdown, Trump Official Says (and it sounds like this might be illegal)

A 1970 U.S.-Mexico treaty shows why Trump’s border wall is absurd (And illegal - noticing a theme?)

Democrats: Investigate Trump’s Corrupt Corporate Alliance

This is awful: Belgium Bans Religious Slaughtering Practices, Drawing Praise and Protest

The Ugly, Illiberal, Anti-Semitic Heart of the Yellow Vest Movement

Scientific Research Halt Adds To Growing List Of Shutdown Casualties

What we gain from keeping books – and why it doesn’t need to be ‘joy’

Monday, January 7, 2019

Afternoon Tea (1/7/19)

Stalin’s Soaring Moscow Towers Sorely Need Body Work

Mormon Mysteries: Who Are They For?

A New Year’s resolution for everybody: cook more

The Female Badasses Who Made History (Only You Didn’t Know About It) Vol. 1

A Mysterious Linguistic Enclave in Southern Poland

Morning Coffee (1/7/19)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

Trump adviser: US to leave Syria once IS beaten, Kurds safe

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: 'How Do You Not Know How Marginal Tax Rates Work?'

Sultan Muhammad V steps down as Malaysia's king

Legal Abortions Begin in Ireland With Solidarity and Small Protests

Ukrainian Orthodox Christians Formally Break From Russia

What the hell is a presidential “exploratory committee”?

Hm: JonBenét Ramsey’s Brother Settles $750 Million Defamation Lawsuit Over CBS Series

Interesting: Charles Darwin's ailments are 'typical of Lyme disease' in UK

We still do not need this! Luca Guadagnino Says Elio & Oliver Will Meet Again In Paris In Potential ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Sequel

Ooh, Carmen Sandiego trailer!

Friday, January 4, 2019

Afternoon Tea (1/4/19)

The Lady Is a Detective

Nancy, a 1930s comic strip, was the funniest thing I read in 2018

Inside the Royal Gossip Machine

22 Hot Cocktail Recipes for Cold Winter Nights

The NFL’s Home-Field Advantage Is Real. But Why?

Morning Coffee (1/4/19)

It's time for Friday happy links, but there's actually . . . happy political stuff?!?!

Nancy Pelosi’s first speech as House speaker celebrated women’s accomplishments

Kyrsten Sinema Makes History As First Openly Bisexual Person Sworn In To Senate

Democratic Majority Reinstates Gun Ban In New Hampshire House Chamber

New York gets a non-binary option on birth certificates starting today

!! Jamelle Bouie Joins The New York Times Opinion Pages as Columnist

Far side of the moon: China's Chang'e 4 probe makes historic touchdown

Mexican Archaeologists Discover Pre-Hispanic Temple of 'The Flayed Lord'

Obviously there are many more important things about Cecile Richards than her beauty routine but that was interesting too.

Check Out These 14 Adorable Library Cards

LET'S GO: Winter weekends away: 10 of the best country house hotels

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Afternoon Tea (1/3/19)

Two Roads for the New French Right

How A Little Science And A Lot Of Shady Advertising Boosted Yeast's Popularity

Thomas Merton, the Monk Who Became a Prophet

The Best Thrillers Of 2018, According To One Of The Best Crime Writers

Two Distinguished Women and a Seasonal Greetings Card Mystery

My Favorite Books of 2018

Yay, time for a list! Let's start with the big caveat: I have read a TEENSY FRACTION of the books that came out in 2018, and I am 100% sure there are a ton I will love that I just haven't gotten to yet. But here are my favorites of the ones I read, split into some different categories for you! (Within each category, they're alphabetical by author.)

And hey, if you want to know what I'm reading all year - and what I'm thinking about books - come subscribe to my tinyletter!


Transcription by Kate Atkinson
The Witch Elm by Tana French
Sunburn by Laura Lippman
A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn
Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer


A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
The Duke I Tempted by Scarlett Peckham


Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession by Alice Bolin
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
Becoming by Michelle Obama
The World As It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House by Ben Rhodes

Young Adult:

What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
The Spy with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke
Seafire by Natalie C. Parker
The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding
Sadie by Courtney Summers

Morning Coffee (1/3/19)

Shutdown Leaves Food, Medicine and Pay in Doubt in Indian Country

What Is and Isn’t Affected by the Government Shutdown

This is great: Massachusetts Episcopal diocese buys shares in Smith & Wesson parent to influence gun debate

Heh: I Don’t Hate Women Candidates — I Just Hated Hillary and Coincidentally I’m Starting to Hate Elizabeth Warren

New Poll of U.S. Troops and Veterans Reveals Their Thoughts on Current Military Policies

Apple is basically blaming Trump’s trade war for disappointing iPhone sales in China

Women Form 385-Mile Human Chain to Protest Temple's Menstruation Ban

Ooh! NASA's New Horizons Mission Reveals Entirely New Kind of World

Ugh: Kristi Toliver, an N.B.A. Assistant Who’s Paid Like an Intern

Oh good: McNally Jackson Books will Remain at its Longtime Prince Street Shop

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Afternoon Tea (1/2/19)

This is so interesting: How Much of the Internet Is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually.

How to make the Team USA women’s baseball team

A fascinating look at hell through history: Damn It All

The Otherworldly Beauty of a Dying Sea

“For conservatives, by conservatives”: the rise of right-wing dating apps

Morning Coffee (1/2/19)

Let's start with W.S. Merwin's "To the New Year."

Wow, what a story: Trump used her slain daughter to rail against illegal immigration. She chose a different path.

Meanwhile: U.S. Agents Fire Tear Gas Across Mexican Border

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu could be indicted. Here’s what you need to know.

Top Pentagon spokeswoman resigns amid internal investigation

The great Dahlia Lithwick on Brett Kavanaugh: What Goes Around Comes to a Halt

How Trump Fuels the Fascist Right

'Blatantly sexist': backlash against South Korea's sex education

Nancy Roman, ‘Mother of the Hubble’ Telescope, Dies at 93

Chilling discovery: ice house found under London street