Monday, June 24, 2019

Afternoon Tea (6/24/19)

14 YA Authors on the Queer Books That Changed Their Lives

Americans Just Want Immigrants for the Food

Of course this was someone who worked for Goop: Welcome to the Era of Branded Engagements

I never knew the lyrics to this first verse and I am horrified: The Rolling Stones & Brown Sugar — way past time to let it go

The Art and Politics of Crosswords

Morning Coffee (6/24/19)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children

Illinois bans private immigration detention centers

Lesbian Couple Barred From Fostering Migrant Kids

Well, this is alarming! Trump tweets video showing him running for president indefinitely

No. Why. Joe Sestak Becomes Latest Democrat To Announce 2020 Presidential Run

One of the last: Tuskegee Airman who flew 142 WWII combat missions dies at 99

Boston tapes: Ex-IRA man to take case to Supreme Court

Good: 72 Philadelphia Police Officers Placed On Desk Duty Over Offensive Social Media Posts

Oh, nice move: U.S. Olympic Committee Changes Name To U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee

A legend: Judith Krantz, Whose Tales of Sex and Shopping Sold Millions, Dies at 91

Friday, June 21, 2019

Afternoon Tea (6/21/19)

Eeee: Veronica Mars on Hulu Will Be Darker, Sexier, and Stacked with Guest Stars

This is lovely: Olympic ice-dance champions Virtue and Moir: 'We’re so proud of our relationship'

! Narlugas Are Real

Overlooked No More: Claude Cahun, Whose Photographs Explored Gender and Sexuality

6 Books About Queer Princesses for Readers of All Ages

Morning Coffee (6/21/19)

The whole first half of today's happy Friday links are book announcements/cover reveals. Sorry not sorry.

I LOVE THIS COVER: Exclusive: Maureen Johnson is wrapping up her Truly Devious trilogy in style

Emily St. John Mandel has a book coming next year!!

The New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Anthology 'A Phoenix First Must Burn' Puts The Spotlight On Black Girls & Gender Nonconforming Teens

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Gamers Fight Online Trolls in Eric Smith's Don't Read the Comments

Exclusive Cover Reveal: King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender

!!! Julie Andrews To Voice Lady Whistledown In Shondaland’s Bridgerton Series For Netflix Based On Novels

Accidental cat filter appears on Pakistan official's briefing

I remain cautiously optimistic: Exclusive First Look: Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan’s Little Women

Harry and Meghan Give Us a New Photo of Master Archie For Father’s Day

Lorde confirms work on third album

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Afternoon Tea (6/20/19)

This Sherrilyn Kenyon profile is... a lot. 'I Really Thought He Was Going to Kill Me and Bury My Body'

Meet the New York couple donating millions to the anti-vax movement

The black Georgia school teacher who turned out to be a Union spy

Hollywood Finally Let Bianca Lawson Grow Up

Watch Soap Bubbles Turn Into Tiny Snow Globes as They Freeze

Morning Coffee (6/20/19)

FINALLY, New Hampshire: Gov. Sununu signs bill declaring Juneteenth a state holiday

‘Never again’ means nothing if Holocaust analogies are always off limits

Prominent Uighur Writer Dies at Chinese Internment Camp

E.P.A. Finalizes Its Plan to Replace Obama-Era Climate Rules

Good for him: A Pride Flag is flying over California’s Capitol. Gavin Newsom says it’s sending a message

Which 2020 Candidates Have The Most In Common … On Twitter?

Librarian of Congress Names Joy Harjo the Nation's 23rd Poet Laureate (THE FIRST NATIVE AMERICAN POET LAUREATE. Sigh.)

GOOD: Nxivm’s Keith Raniere Convicted in Trial Exposing Sex Cult’s Inner Workings

Whoa: Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje stepping away from competition

In the Bronze Age, Bagels Were Tiny

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Afternoon Tea (6/19/19)

I'm excited to read this one: Reviving Gay History in Abdi Nazemian’s Like a Love Story

‘Star Wars’ Continues to Embrace Female Leadership, As Long As They’re Not Directing Films

Androgyny Is Now Fashionable in the W.N.B.A.

Interesting history I didn't know at all: The Sultan of Lovers

How Almonds Went From Deadly To Delicious

Morning Coffee (6/19/19)

U.N. Report Calls for Investigation of Saudi Crown Prince in Khashoggi Killing

Patrick Shanahan withdraws from consideration as Trump’s secretary of defense

SCOTUS Just Killed Off Virginia’s Racial Gerrymander. Its Decision Will Affect Elections for Years to Come.

Trump’s 2020 message: “Depraved” Democrats “want to destroy you”

Mitch McConnell, Too, Welcomes Russian Interference

Joe Biden's Approach to Governing Won't Work

Eight Women Accuse Hollywood Filmmaker Max Landis of Emotional and Sexual Abuse: ‘We’re Not People to Him’

ABOUT TIME: Carnegie medal goes to first writer of colour in its 83-year history

NOPE: Facebook Plans Global Financial System Based on Cryptocurrency

It looked like a simple domestic murder. Then police learned about the alien reptile cult.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Afternoon Tea (6/18/19)

A great profile by Emily Bazelon: Elizabeth Warren Is Completely Serious

This happened in my area and was so scary: The Day the Town Blew Up

Stop Using Phony Science to Justify Transphobia

The Invention of the "Beach Read"

The Ruin of Britain

Morning Coffee (6/18/19)

Please read this: The Youngest Child Separated From His Family at the Border Was 4 Months Old

Trump Adds Troops After Iran Says It Will Breach Nuclear Deal

Mohamed Morsi, ousted president of Egypt, dies in court

‘There’s no accountability’: Trump, White House aides signal a willingness to act with impunity in drive for reelection

THIS monster: Lawyers for Sandy Hook families say Alex Jones sent them child porn

Chilling Video Shows Cop Aiming Gun At Black Family After Girl, 4, Takes Doll From Store

Disgusting: Alabama court forces rape survivor to allow rapist to have visitation with children

Gloria Vanderbilt Dies at 95; Built a Fashion Empire

Veronica Mars trailer!!

Out of Their Eggs, Into the Sky: How Baby Pterosaurs May Have Taken Flight

Monday, June 17, 2019

Afternoon Tea (6/17/19)

Childhood, disrupted: Venezuela is in danger of losing a generation

This piece on George Sand is very interesting and now I want to read her; I basically only learned about her as a sidebar in Chopin's story, which is of course typical and terrible: Devils v. Dummies

These Boots Were Made for Walkin’ Away from Oklahoma

The history of candidate books: Confessions of a Presidential Candidate

‘She is an Outsider in Public Life’: women parliamentary candidates, 1918-1923

Morning Coffee (6/17/19)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week!

Iran Threatens to Violate Nuclear Deal’s Limits on Uranium Enrichment

‘Guats,’ ‘Tonks’ and ‘Subhuman Shit’: The Shocking Texts of a Border Patrol Agent

Trump, election interference, and hollow nationalism

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders Is Leaving The White House

Heads up: King Arthur Flour recall!

Who Made The Cut: DNC Announces Primary Debate Contenders

New York City Allocates $250,000 for Abortions, Challenging Conservative States

See a Design of the Harriet Tubman $20 Bill That Mnuchin Delayed

Not good! Hungary eyes science research as latest target for state control

‘Frightening’ number of plant extinctions found in global survey

Friday, June 14, 2019

Afternoon Tea (6/14/19)

This is QUITE the interview: Françoise Gilot, 97, Does Not Regret Her Pablo Picasso Memoir

When the World’s Most Famous Mystery Writer Vanished

On the Trail of the Quaker Aunts

The Vampire Birds of the Galápagos Have Fascinating Inner Lives

Losing Religion and Finding Ecstasy in Houston

Morning Coffee (6/14/19)

Time for Friday happy links! With some LATE-BREAKING HAPPY NEWS: Taylor's got a new single out, wherever you listen to such things! (And a new album in August.)

!!! ‘Orphan Black’ Storyline Continues With Tatiana Maslany Voicing New Audio Series for Serial Box

Ooh, Frozen II trailer!

The Times has a new puzzle game called Tiles and WARNING: very addictive.

SO CUTE: Tiny Prince Louis Makes His Trooping The Colour Debut…

The three original seasons of Veronica Mars will be on Hulu on July 1st if you want to catch up or rewatch before the new season!

I'm saving this to watch over the weekend but YAY: Sesame Street: Tiny Desk Concert

The Muppet Movie is coming back to theaters for its 40th anniversary

Ooh: FOR ALL MANKIND: Apple TV+ Reveals First Trailer for Alternate Reality NASA Drama

Once Threatened, Europe’s Night Trains Rebound

These Are the Craziest Milkshakes in Every State

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Afternoon Tea (6/13/19)

I just finished reading this book and it was FASCINATING: ‘My Only Real Loyalty is to the Truth’: An Interview with Patrick Radden Keefe

Wow: PHOTOS: The Powerful Faces Of Women Who Faced Danger

Modernism’s Debt to Black Women

This has some really interesting history of terminology and how people see themselves: Not All Queer People Feel Like They Were “Born This Way”

The curse of the spiritual sword

Morning Coffee (6/13/19)

OH THANK GOODNESS: An Arizona Teacher Helped Migrants. Jurors Couldn’t Decide if It Was a Crime.

Police and protesters clash as mass protests escalate in Hong Kong

Reps of 22 foreign governments have spent money at Trump properties

An important piece about the nonsense Biden is spouting about Republicans: The Fever Is Not Going to Break

Even some Trump allies want Kushner to ice his peace plan

Raytheon, United Technologies to Merge, Forming One of World's Biggest Defense and Aerospace Firms

Maybe this will make some people care?? Climate Change Poses Major Risks to Financial Markets, Regulator Warns

Good for her: USA soccer star Megan Rapinoe refuses to sing national anthem before World Cup match

Shocking! Female nurse who played crucial role in IVF ignored on plaque

Who Were the Ancestors of Native Americans? A Lost People in Siberia, Scientists Say

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Afternoon Tea (6/12/19)

Their Fathers Never Spoke of the War. Their Children Want to Know Why.

Christine Sinclair is the World Cup’s quietest megastar

In Iraq Museum, There Are Things ‘That Are Nowhere Else in the World’

Feminize Your Canon: Catherine Carswell

The science here is interesting: Processed foods are a much bigger health problem than we thought

Morning Coffee (6/12/19)

Sudan Protesters, Devastated but Defiant, Regroup Underground After Crackdown

Saudi teenager could face execution for joining protests as child

In case the message wasn't clear enough: Trump Administration to Hold Migrant Children at Base That Served as WWII Japanese Internment Camp

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says photos of travelers were taken in a data breach

This is a great piece: Watching Elizabeth Warren Come Alive

Daughter of Fierce Kavanaugh Defender Amy Chua to Clerk for … Brett Kavanaugh

I'm not SURPRISED at all but it's still sad and disappointing: Vatican says people can’t choose their genders

Awful: Ali Stroker’s Tony Win Was Monumental… And A Huge Slap In The Face

!!! Not Too Little, Too Late: Unfinished Gaudí Basilica Gets Permit 137 Years Later

Egypt tries to stop sale of Tutankhamun statue in London

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Afternoon Tea (6/11/19)

The Making of a YouTube Radical

This essay by Amy Whipple is lovely and important: Foster Care: Heroic Measures

How Nuclear Bomb Tests Are Helping to Identify Art Forgeries

The First Woman Cabinet Minister: Margaret Bondfield, 1873-1953

When Tea Reaches Its Boiling Point In Fiction, So Too May The Story

Morning Coffee (6/11/19)

Justice Dept. Agrees to Turn Over Key Mueller Evidence to House

Chao created special path for McConnell’s favored projects

Oh no: Supreme Court will hear a major attack on anti-discrimination law

White House blocked intelligence agency’s written testimony calling climate change ‘possibly catastrophic’

Oh: Barr compares being Trump’s attorney general to D-Day invasion

Reporter’s Arrest Sets Off Widespread Protests in Russia

Julián Castro is the first presidential candidate to visit Flint

The New Socialism Panic Is the Right’s Trick to Justify Supporting Trump

Ugh: Daniel Barenboim’s Contract Is Extended Despite Bullying Accusations

I'm so glad he's finally being held accountable: Life as a Nxivm ‘Slave’: Branding, Whippings and Cold Showers

Monday, June 10, 2019

Afternoon Tea (6/10/19)

This is great reporting: Scott Warren Worked to Prevent Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert. The Government Wants Him in Prison.

A Ship of Jewish Refugees Was Refused U.S. Landing in 1939. This Was Their Fate

Inside The World Of Gillistans, Kirsten Gillibrand’s Biggest Fans

What Anne of Green Gables Taught Me about Grief

So neat: ‘Knitting Is Coding’ and Yarn Is Programmable in This Physics Lab

Morning Coffee (6/10/19)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

The border is in crisis. Here’s how it got this bad.

Company part-owned by Jared Kushner got $90m from unknown offshore investors since 2017

SIGH: Joe Biden Worked to Undermine the Affordable Care Act’s Coverage of Contraception

Swastikas and Burning Pride Flags: Hate Crimes Spike in N.Y.

Trump’s own Defense Department directly contradicts his claim about transgender troops

A Scandal in Austria and the Far Right’s Fortunes in Europe

!!! Big news up here in NH: Three Bear Brook Murder Victims Identified; Citizen Sleuth, Genetic Genealogy Provide Key Clues

This is awful: MSU Wants To Pay Nassar Survivors A Fraction Of What It Paid Those Who Sued Earlier

Guys. JUST DON'T BE CREEPY. 60% of male managers now say they’re uncomfortable mentoring women

Elephants May Sniff Out Quantities With Their Noses

Friday, June 7, 2019

Afternoon Tea (6/7/19)

This is fascinating: The Revered Crocodiles of This Island Nation Have Suddenly Started Killing People

Whoa: Phyllis Latour Doyle: The Forgotten Spy Whose Knitting Helped Pave the Way for D-Day

From the Greeks to Instagram: The Secret History of the Flower Crown

Writing My Way Out of the Closet: A Guest Post by These Witches Don’t Burn Author Isabel Sterling

I've never clicked a link so quickly: An Hour-by-Hour Roadmap to Your Most Productive Day Ever

Morning Coffee (6/7/19)

Time for Friday happy links!

Aw, look at the Women's World Cup Google doodle.

Women's prize for fiction goes to 'utterly moving' Tayari Jones novel

Barack and Michelle Obama Sign Spotify Deal to Produce Exclusive Podcasts


He Was Looking for Opals. Instead He Found a New Dinosaur Species.

SO MANY good YA books this week: New Releases: Secretive Friendships, Bold Blackmailers, and Confusing Attractions

Whoa, they found one of the missing Lewis pieces! A Medieval Chess Piece Potentially Worth $1.2 Million Languished in a Drawer for Decades

The subhed here is hilarious: Hidden Water Lily Found Beneath Monet Painting

Starz's The Rook Trailer Reveals the Supernatural Spy Ring You Didn't Know You Needed

I DO need some cute summer dresses!

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Afternoon Tea (6/6/19)

‘Archaeology of D-Day’ Aims to Preserve What the Soldiers Left Behind

This is a fascinating read about Waldorf schools in general in addition to the vaccine issue: Measles for the One Percent

Why Society Goes Easy on Rapists

Overlooked No More: Alan Turing, Condemned Code Breaker and Computer Visionary

Gwenda Bond's take on writing tie-ins/IP is great: Toy Stories

Morning Coffee (6/6/19)

In pictures: D-Day 75th anniversary commemorations

To quote Adam Serwer, the cruelty is the point: Trump administration cancels English classes, soccer, legal aid for unaccompanied child migrants in U.S. shelters

Trump Administration Restricts Federal Research Involving Human Fetal Tissue

This headline is a little... mild; there's a lot here: Russian trolls who interfered in 2016 U.S. election also made ad money, report says

"Yet his presidential campaign confirmed to NBC News that Biden still supports the Hyde Amendment, a four-decade-old ban on using federal funds for abortion services, except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the woman."

Reminder that "too lazy to be a Nazi" is not a thing: ‘I own this house.’ California man shrugs off complaints about swastika in front yard

A step: YouTube to Remove Thousands of Videos Pushing Extreme Views

What I Learned Leading the Tiananmen Protests

NOPE: It’s LGBT pride month, but three guys in Boston want a permit for a ‘Straight Pride’ parade

China’s ‘CRISPR Babies’ May Be More Likely to Die Young

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Afternoon Tea (6/5/19)

An Urgent Mystery: Who's Attacking Ebola Responders In Congo — And Why?

This is more well-reported and important (beyond this one case) than the headline sort of implies: Trump Pardoned Billionaire Conrad Black but Left His Prison Buddy Behind

The Atlantic has a great special section for the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage: Votes for Women

When It Comes to Birth Control and Eugenics, Clarence Thomas Gets It All Wrong

Some great recommendations for kids here! 7 New and Upcoming Reads Perfect for Pride Month

Morning Coffee (6/5/19)

Horrifying: Botched family reunifications left migrant children waiting in vans overnight

Uh: White House instructs Hope Hicks, former McGahn aide not to comply with congressional subpoenas

Senator: Oligarch linked to Kremlin earned millions while fighting extradition to U.S.

Russian trolls fueled anti-vaccination debate in U.S. by spreading misinformation on Twitter, study finds

Very glad she was fired: A teacher asked Trump to round up ‘illegal students’ — in tweets she says she thought were private

Trump Is Using His Pardon Power to Reward Violence and Cruelty

Adam Serwer, great as always: A White Man’s Republic, If They Can Keep It

The Trump Administration’s Self-Defeating Policy Toward the Guatemalan Elections

Everyone knows headlines are broken. Here's how news organizations can start fixing them.

Good for her for coming forward: Figure Skater Bridget Namiotka Accuses Dead Partner John Coughlin Of Sexual Abuse

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Afternoon Tea (6/4/19)

This is lovely and I'm so happy for Emily: The Catastrophist, or: On coming out as trans at 37

The Shorebirds of Delaware Bay Are Going Hungry

This was really useful! How to Cope With Multiple-Project Paralysis

What 10,000 Steps Will Really Get You

I am mildly interested in taxidermy because everyone always thinks that's what I mean when I say I'm a taxonomist, and anyway this book sounds good: Better Know an Author: Kristen Arnett

Morning Coffee (6/4/19)

Deceased G.O.P. Strategist’s Hard Drives Reveal New Details on the Census Citizenship Question

Inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women issues final report with sweeping calls for change

Important, from Planned Parenthood: State of Emergency for Women’s Health

Small favors: Italy is evicting Steve Bannon from the medieval monastery he planned to turn into a far-right training academy

GOOD: Caster Semenya May Run an 800 Without Hormone Treatment, Swiss Court Says

Revealed: women's fertility app is funded by anti-abortion campaigners

This is awful: On YouTube’s Digital Playground, an Open Gate for Pedophiles

What a life: Neus Català, Dogged Anti-Fascist and Camp Survivor, Dies at 103

Schrödinger's cat could be saved, say scientists

Huh! ‘Magic The Gathering’: Russo Brothers & Netflix Conjure Up Animated Series

Monday, June 3, 2019

Afternoon Tea (6/3/19)

Memories of Massacres Were Long Suppressed Here. Tourists Now Retrace the Atrocities.

A NatGeo TV Drama Is 'Inspired' By A 1989 Ebola Crisis In The U.S. How Accurate Is It?

This is so cool: Martin Parr's Soviet space dog collection – in pictures

Bradley Whitford Will Save Us From the Monsters

38 of the Best YAs of June

Morning Coffee (6/3/19)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

Evil: U.S. is using unreliable dental exams to hold teen migrants in adult detention

Twitter Takes Down Accounts of China Dissidents Ahead of Tiananmen Anniversary

Of course: Trump Administration Lifts Ethanol-Fuel Ban That Was Meant to Cut Smog

Boeing Built Deadly Assumptions Into 737 Max, Blind to a Late Design Change

Transportation Secretary Failed to Sever Financial Ties to Construction Company (Also relevant here that she's MARRIED TO MITCH MCCONNELL.)

What Republicans And Democrats Are Doing In The States Where They Have Total Power

This is horrifying: A New York teacher made black students act as slaves in mock auctions

I'm so glad this is working out better than it originally looked: It Looked As Though Millions Of Babies Would Miss Out On A Lifesaving Vaccine

GOOD FOR HER: Taylor Swift Urges Passage of Pro-LGBTQ Equality Act: ‘I Reject the President’s Stance’

Found: 20,000-Year-Old Seawater From the Ice Age