Monday, February 18, 2019

Afternoon Tea (2/18/19)

Finding My Father’s Auschwitz File

The North Magnetic Pole’s Mysterious Journey Across the Arctic

R Kelly, Michael Jackson and Bryan Singer. Who knew? Everyone

Val McDermid | 'My relationship with the landscape has always been very strong'

One of film’s greatest epics is a 7-hour adaptation of War and Peace. Really.

Morning Coffee (2/18/19)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

Munich Security Conference Reveals A Growing Rift Between U.S. And Its Allies

Oh good! LET'S THINK ABOUT SECURITY: Howard Dean to lead new Democratic voter data exchange

UGH: Florida sixth-grader charged with misdemeanor after refusing to recite Pledge of Allegiance

How Democrats plan to shrink the gender pay gap

Nearly half of Republicans think God wanted Trump to be president

Howard Schultz’s campaign is based on 3 ideas, and they’re all wrong

Same-Sex Couples Sue For The Right To Marry In Japan

Manfred Eigen, 91, Nobel Winner Who Put a Clock to Chemicals, Dies

The Daniel Mallory saga continues: Similarities in Two Novels Raise Questions About the Limits of Literary Influence

Skype Can Now Blur Your Background So You Don't Have to Frantically Tidy Your Room

Friday, February 15, 2019

Afternoon Tea (2/15/19)

The Bizarre Planets That Could Be Humanity’s New Homes

A Lost and Found Portrait Photographer

Gracie Gold’s Battle for Olympic Glory Ended in a Fight to Save Herself

12 New and Upcoming YAs That Are Perfect for Valentine’s Day

Postcards and the Russian Revolution

Five NOT Oscar Nominated Movies to Watch

I'll have my Oscar picks for you next week - and a few thoughts on why I didn't watch some of the big nominees - but I was just contemplating my favorite 2018 movies that didn't get nominated for anything, which in some cases I'm very mad about. So! If you need something to watch this weekend, I recommend:
  • Colette
  • Love, Simon
  • On the Basis of Sex
  • Won't You Be My Neighbor?
  • A Wrinkle in Time

Morning Coffee (2/15/19)

We made it to Friday! TIME FOR SOME HAPPY LINKS.

Aaah so excited for this anthology co-edited by my friend Katie: Cover reveal: ‘It’s a Whole Spiel’ puts Jewish YA in the spotlight

!! Chris Kelly, Bad Robot to Adapt ‘They Both Die at the End’ for HBO Yay Adam Silvera!

Ooh, Frozen 2 teaser!

Ben Whishaw is doing a Paddington TV show!

This is GORGEOUS: The TWA Hotel Turns an Abandoned Airport Terminal Into a Midcentury Dream

This sounds great: Dumplin' author Julie Murphy previews delectable new novel Dear Sweet Pea

Get a First Look at the Cover of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Forthcoming Novel

Stunningly preserved fresco of Narcissus discovered in Pompeii

Maybe your life would be improved by following cheese shops on Instagram.

19 New Skin-Care Products To Pick Up At Target This Month

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Afternoon Tea (2/14/19)

How a heart-shaped candy box came to stand for love

The Sexuality of Slang

Cooking with Iris Murdoch

How Beauty Is Making Scientists Rethink Evolution

Picture this: portraits of Anglo-Saxon rulers

Morning Coffee (2/14/19)

Former Air Force Intelligence Agent Charged With Spying for Iran

Inside The Largest And Most Controversial Shelter For Migrant Children In The U.S.

Good: ACLU Sues to Block New Hampshire Voter Residency Requirements

Why Mitch McConnell is holding a vote on the Green New Deal

Hey but some good news from the Senate! The Senate just passed the decade’s biggest public lands package. Here’s what’s in it.

John Roberts Is Not Your Friend

Republicans Keep Admitting Everything They Said About Obama Was a Lie

This is awful: New Bill Aims to Prevent Gender Dysphoria 'Disease' From Spreading to Kids

UGH, MEN: Ryan Adams Dangled Success. Women Say They Paid a Price.

I'M SO SAD: NASA’s Mars Rover Opportunity Concludes a 15-Year Mission

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Afternoon Tea (2/13/19)

Private Mossad for Hire

It’s 2019. Who Told My Eight-Year-Old Daughter If a Boy Is Mean to You, It Means He Likes You?

What Lunar New Year Reveals About the World’s Calendars

10 Years Later, ‘North & South’ Remains the Greatest Period-Drama Miniseries of All Time

16 LGBTQIAP+ Books by Black Authors

Morning Coffee (2/13/19)

This collection of obituaries by teen reporters of young gun violence victims is moving and important: Since Parkland

Trump supporter attacks BBC cameraman at El Paso rally

Blackface Is the Tip of the Iceberg

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is making the Green New Deal a 2020 litmus test

AP Exclusive: Undercover spy exposed in NYC was 1 of many

Southern Baptist Convention: More than 200 ministers, deacons and others have been found guilty of sex abuse, report says

Greece, 10 Years Into Economic Crisis, Counts the Cost to Mental Health

What’s Anti-Semitic?

Plummeting insect numbers 'threaten collapse of nature'

British Library's collection of obscene writing goes online

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Afternoon Tea (2/12/19)

The battle for the future of Stonehenge

Have You Seen This Serial Killer Who Murdered Gay Men In The 1970s?

Lindsey Vonn Is The Greatest American Skier — And It’s Not Even Close

The rise of the star-studded, Instagram-friendly evangelical church

Oh neat: Illustrating Howl's Moving Castle – in pictures

Morning Coffee (2/12/19)

The Stacey Abrams Revolution

This is a bit more complicated than the headline makes it sound, but still worth noting: Kamala Harris supported 2008 San Francisco policy that reported arrested undocumented juveniles to ICE

HURRAH: Ohio city to stop observing Columbus Day, make Election Day holiday instead

Shocker: Tory MPs back youth group with apparent links to US far right

How British Feminism Became Anti-Trans

Where does a tip to an Amazon driver go? In some cases, toward the driver's base pay

Not that they're ALWAYS GREAT or anything but I'm glad at least one newspaper is doing okay: The New York Times Co. Reports $709 Million in Digital Revenue for 2018

Sigh, of course: Second AJ Finn novel on way despite Dan Mallory scandal, says publisher

Yay! Fox To Adapt ‘The Hate U Give’ Author Angie Thomas’ Next Book ‘On The Come Up’; George Tillman Jr. Directing

Mystery mud on new volcanic island baffles Nasa scientists

Monday, February 11, 2019

Afternoon Tea (2/11/19)

At Checkpoint Charlie, Cold War History Confronts Crass Commercialism

These grandparents sold gay porn for decades and almost went to prison. Now, they are calling it quits

How Russia infiltrated the world of American religious-right filmmaking

How Lego Patents Helped Build a Toy Empire, Brick by Brick

Lots of good stuff here: 2018 Locus Recommended Reading List

Morning Coffee (2/11/19)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

Sexual Abuse of Nuns: Longstanding Church Scandal Emerges From Shadows

Texas: civil rights groups sue to stop 'unlawful purge' of thousands of voters

How President Trump Is Like A Terrible Poker Player

Romania moves to block own candidate from EU prosecutor role

Liam Neeson laid bare the logic of lynching, in all its horror

‘It will take off like a wildfire’: The unique dangers of the Washington state measles outbreak

The one piece actually worth reading about this: YA Twitter is a Bottomless Well for Click Bait Articles. Here’s Why…

Milky Way is warped and twisted, not flat

Theodore Rabb, Resourceful Renaissance Historian, Dies at 81

Bots are cheap and effective. One startup trolls them into going away

Friday, February 8, 2019

Afternoon Tea (2/8/19)

The midrange Manhattan hotel that changed American hospitality

7 YA Books to Celebrate Lunar New Year With

This book sounds interesting: Queer Identity: a Guest Post by A Fall in Autumn Author Michael Williams

The fascinating backstory of the periodic table, which is about to turn 150 years old

Step Inside Winter’s Most Spectacular Wonderland at the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in Northeast China

Morning Coffee (2/8/19)

Not that we ever DON'T need Friday happy links, but we REALLY DO this week.

I love this: Rosalind Franklin: Mars rover named after DNA pioneer

There are some great ones this year, including non-binary people and a bunch related to disabilities! 230 New Emojis in Final List for 2019

Aww: San Diego Bookseller Undergoes Surgery, Other Booksellers Keep His Store Open

Michael B. Jordan, Warner Bros. Nab Film Rights to ‘Black Leopard, Red Wolf’

Ooh, this Sonja Henie movie looks interesting.

!! Hallmark will now air Christmas movies all year long

How to Make the Best Hot Chocolate From Scratch

Billy Eichner is making a gay rom-com with Judd Apatow and Nicholas Stoller

LET'S GO: The V&A Unveils Queen Victoria’s Most Precious Jewel

Lin-Manuel Miranda to Lead One-Night ‘Camelot’ Benefit Concert

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Afternoon Tea (2/7/19)

Coming of Age Unvaccinated

A thought-provoking piece on nuclear tourism: Chasing the Apocalypse

The Fatal Ensnaring of Dan DePew

We Deserve More Black Stories with Happy Endings

The Ascension in Anglo-Saxon England

Weekly Rec: Tasmin Little Plays Clara Schumann, Dame Ethel Smyth & Amy Beach

That title's a mouthful! Sorry. But it is, as you might expect, a new album by British violinist Tasmin Little in which she plays music for violin by Clara Schumann, Ethel Smyth, and Amy Beach, female composers of the late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries. As in so many areas, women's contributions to classical music have generally been buried, and I'd never really listened to Smyth or Beach. Schumann is in the trap of possibly being better known than the other two in part because of her husband's fame - but she suppressed her own career for his sake. (Smyth sounds fascinating, now that I look - she was queer and involved in the suffrage movement! She fell in love with both Emmeline Pankhurst and Virginia Woolf!)

ANYWAY. This album is a good way to get a taste of these underrated composers, and luckily it is also a DELIGHT. It just came out last week and I've already listened a bunch of times. Get a taste of it below:

Morning Coffee (2/7/19)

The dumpster fire that is Virginia politics, explained in 500 words

The stuff in here is pretty tame compared to the rumors that have been around for years: Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s Abuse Of Staff Scared Off Candidates To Manage Her Presidential Bid

How Trump’s State of the Union Guests Embodied His Politics of Fear and Dread

An important report on where US-supplied weapons end up: Sold to an ally, lost to an enemy

His side of the story: Nathan Phillips wants to talk about Covington

Germany's cabinet approves revision to Nazi-era abortion law

Pope Acknowledges Nuns Were Sexually Abused by Priests and Bishops

! Stolen Swedish royal treasure may have been found, police say

Egypt Unveils Dozens of Newly Discovered Mummies

It's official: The Oscars to Air Without a Host

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Afternoon Tea (2/6/19)

On the Overlooked Eroticism of Mary Oliver

A Syrian Chocolatier's Legend Lives On In Europe — But Stays Close To Its Roots

A fascinating photoessay by a firefighter: To Smolder, Burn Slow

What Soybean Politics Tell Us About Argentina and China

Unlocking Access to Ancient Science in Renaissance Italy: the vernacularization of Pliny’s ‘Historia Naturalis’

Morning Coffee (2/6/19)

“This is the next battle for our democracy”: Stacey Abrams answers Trump with voting rights

Trump is expected to call for an end to HIV in the US by 2030. That’s totally realistic. (Spoiler: The administration does not actually want to do any of the things that MAKE it realistic.)

Trump Inaugural Committee Ordered to Hand Over Documents to Federal Investigators

Trump’s Company Ramps Up Purge Of Undocumented Workers From Golf Clubs

Trump’s Pick To Replace Brett Kavanaugh Could Face An Ugly Confirmation Fight (because she's SUPER TERRIBLE)

Ralph Northam's Lasting Shame

Maduro issues threat to jail Venezuela’s opposition leader

Óscar Arias Sánchez, a Nobel Winner and Former President of Costa Rica, Is Accused of Sexual Assault

Senators reintroduce bill to protect Native American women, finish work started by defeated colleague

And in case you don't have enough to worry about: A hole opens up under Antarctic glacier — big enough to fit two-thirds of Manhattan

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Afternoon Tea (2/5/19)

This story is SO MUCH: A Suspense Novelist’s Trail of Deceptions

Another in the Times' Overlooked obituary series: Margaret Garner, whose story inspired Beloved.

The Fetid, Right-Wing Origins of “Learn to Code”

What the U.S. Could Learn From Slovenia About Protecting Bees

The Patents Behind Pasta Shapes

Morning Coffee (2/5/19)

This should be criminal: US sees limitations on reuniting migrant families

Italy Slides Into Recession as Europe Stalls, Stoking Global Fears

Trump to nominate David Bernhardt, a former lobbyist, as the next Interior secretary

On Well-Intended White Folks: Thoughts on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and the Making of a Public Image

McKinsey Advised Purdue Pharma How to ‘Turbocharge’ Opioid Sales, Lawsuit Says

Not to make light of clients who were duped or anything but... lolol: Crypto Exchange Says It Can't Repay $190 Million to Clients After Founder Dies With Only Password

Christian publishing company owned by News Corp found guilty of significant fraud and destroying evidence

A third of Himalayan ice cap doomed, finds report

Oh good: New York Joins Movement to Abandon Use of Student Tests in Teacher Evaluations

Ooh: Netflix Picks Up Indian Drama Series ‘Delhi Crime’ From Richie Mehta, Golden Karavan & Ivanhoe Pictures

Monday, February 4, 2019

Afternoon Tea (2/4/19)

When the Suffrage Movement Sold Out to White Supremacy

Climate Signs

The White Flight from Football

St. Brigid and the Coming of Spring

12 Boarding School Books That Will Make You Wish You Went

Morning Coffee (2/4/19)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

Let's start with a story of someone doing something good: Candice Payne Got 30 Hotel Rooms for Homeless People in Chicago During Severe Cold Snap

The Trump-Russia Investigation and the Mafia State

"Among their concerns was that if Mr. Trump won the election and then defaulted, Deutsche Bank would have to choose between not collecting on the debt or seizing the assets of the president of the United States."

Utah Voters Approved Medicaid Expansion At The Ballot Box. The GOP Is Trying To Undo It.

This is awful: Judge says Tampa conversion therapy ban violates First Amendment free-speech rights

WELP: European colonizers killed so many Native Americans that it changed the global climate, researchers say

Oh, how cool: Haagen Dazs, Procter & Gamble to offer reusable containers in Pa., N.J.

Journalist Reminds Twitter Ted Bundy Was A Monster By Honoring His Victims

Olivia Colman and Walton Goggins are doing a thriller about a cult!!!

Interesting idea: ‘Oklahoma!’ To Be Broadway’s First “Gun Neutral” Production As Lauded Musical Joins Hollywood Initiative: Sundance

Friday, February 1, 2019

Afternoon Tea (2/1/19)

The Deep Pathology at the Heart of a Scandal at Der Spiegel

Female directors of color finding a spotlight at Sundance

After More Than Two Decades of Work, a New Hebrew Bible to Rival the King James

The Decision that Lost Britain the War: An Enigma Now Resolved

All The Kissing Author Spotlight: Scarlett Peckham

Morning Coffee (2/1/19)

Time for Friday happy links!

Step into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge with New Books, Comics, and Fables

Peter Jackson to Direct Documentary About The Beatles' 'Let It Be' Recording Sessions

AMC theaters to show ‘Black Panther’ for free to celebrate Black History Month

!! Centuries lost ‘Bristol Merlin’ uncovered at city’s Central Library

Oooh, the Criterion Collection is starting a streaming service.

Hahahahaha: All right stop… and listen to Chris Pine rap Vanilla Ice's 'Ice, Ice Baby' for Jimmy Kimmel

Always delightful: The Fug Girls on the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Dr Seuss's thank-you letter to man who saved his first book

Books to read with your favorite cup of tea

Heh: Hot chocolate is wasted on children