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