Thursday, February 28, 2013

Morning Coffee (2/28/13)

This is basically the EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE edition. I'm sorry. I will find you a whole list of happy/fun/cute Friday links to make up for it tomorrow.

Please read Fringe actress Jasika Nicole on Quvenzhane Wallis and her own experiences with a "difficult" name, as well as her feelings about the running joke in which her character's name was constantly gotten wrong by an older white male character.

No seriously, if I tell you that her story included things that make me like Joshua Jackson more than I ever had before, will you please read it? Thanks.

Disturbing but important: Photographer as Witness: A Portrait of Domestic Violence

House of Cads: The psycho-sexual ordeal of reporting in Washington (And a lot of other places, really.)

Related: You should be following the Said to Lady Journos Tumblr.

Sexism Fatigue: When Seth MacFarlane Is a Complete Ass and You Don’t Even Notice

Attacked at 19 by an Air Force Trainer, and Speaking Out

The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food

Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

This piece about the mob in Naples is a little older, but I just read it because it's being developed into a movie, and it's fascinating: The Camorra Never Sleeps

Monday, February 25, 2013

Morning Coffee (2/25/13)

Ah, Monday again. If you missed the Oscars, you can catch up with my liveblogs of the red carpet and the show itself.

Quvenzhane Wallis will star in Annie. As long as she can sing, I think this is good news.

John Brascia, who danced with Vera-Ellen in White Christmas, has died.

Fascinating: The babies who nap in sub-zero temperatures

Favorite entertainment headline of the week: Huckleberry Pie Joins 'Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures' (Exclusive Video) (It's the "exclusive video" that pushes it over the top, somehow.)

Knitters, this is brilliant and so obvious in retrospect: No more estimating tail length for a long tail CO

Hilarious and sad: Cultural Appropriation Bingo

Related: Malinda Lo On Why White Creators Default To Colorblindness

Friday, February 22, 2013

Music Break: "Fortyfive"

This song was used on Elementary a few weeks ago, and I had to look it up immediately.

Morning Coffee (2/22/13)

Happy Friday!

Oscar Pistorius and the Global System of Deadly Misogyny

The curious case of Reeva Steenkamp’s boyfriend

This 7-figure book deal is described as both "a fantasy trilogy inspired in part by Barack Obama" and "a female version of George R.R. Martin's 'Game of Thrones,'" so I think someone is just playing MadLibs at this point.

I love the Royal Mail's new Jane Austen stamps.

Rachael Ray is launching a book imprint. Has anyone warned her that books can't be made in 30 minutes?

Slate breaks down Oscar acceptance speeches.

My Father, "All That Jazz," The 1980 Oscars — And Me

This is possibly the best advice column ever.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Morning Coffee (2/21/13)

Nebula and Norton Nominees!

This story about Norwegian firewood and a book and TV show about it is probably the best thing you'll read all day.

If you're up in arms about the Hilary Mantel/Duchess of Cambridge thing, read this. Short version: Mantel was mostly criticizing the media coverage of the royal family, not any individual.

Kelly Clarkson and the Simple Economics of Marginalizing the White House Press Corps

On Charlotte Lucas's Choice

Did you know there was a record for world's longest curly fry? Neither did I.

I now desperately want a Mahler biopic starring Colbert.

Some good choices here: G-Rated Moments of Swoon

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

If you like White Collar, you should watch this immediately.

GETTING SNUGGLY WITH MATT AND TIM.

Morning Coffee (2/20/13)

I can't even express the extent to which I agree with this: Stop Apologizing for What You Like to Read

Tony Sheridan has died. You know, the other Beatle. No, the other one. No, the other other one.

I don't believe in astrology at all, but this profile of Susan Miller is fascinating anyway.

Speaking of profiles, don't miss Connie Britton in the Times.

I loved Rainbow Brite cereal.

I also love coats.

Crime is bad and all, but this diamond heist sounds like something out of a movie.

Body of Proof returned last night, and if you're a fan, you should read June Thomas on the reboot.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Morning Coffee (2/14/13)

Sorry so late - I seem to have gotten myself a stomach bug for Valentine's Day. Hope everyone else's day is going better!

NPR Valentines!

And some fun geeky valentines from Figment. I especially like the Mr. Darcy one.

Here's some good background info on what actually happens when a pope resigns.

And speaking of, who speaks Latin these days?

The Disney Prince Hotness Ranking

In retrospect, I can't believe there wasn't ALREADY a Tamagotchi app.

Oooh, a Dunkirk movie!

I love these Downton Facebook recaps.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Sesame Street Does Downton

Well, this is delightful.

Morning Coffee (2/13/13)

OH NO: The BBC cancelled The Hour.

I answered some fun interview questions over at Wine Stained Life.

As the child of a doctor, I sort of want to watch this Married to Medicine reality show about doctors' spouses/families. And, you know, presumably throw things.

We'd all like to think that this photo from the Grammys is of Adele yelling at Chris Brown on all our behalf, but sadly she tweeted that it was not.

In other Adele/Grammy news, Jennifer Lopez blocked a crasher from ruining Adele's moment. Aww.

I was atypical in many ways, but this Typical Day of a Teenage Girl in the Late 90s is still hilarious.

The CW has put the series premiere of Cult online early.

FX picked up their adaptation of Danish/Swedish series The Bridge and I'm very excited.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Morning Coffee (2/12/13)

Huh: Wrestling has been dropped from the Olympics.

If you missed the news late last night: North Korea conducted a nuclear test.

Why is the state of the union always "strong"?

Whoa, they're exhuming Neruda!

Downton Abbey fans must read June Thomas's take on the Thomas storyline and whether it's historically accurate.

Do introverts need to be "fixed" or do maybe we need to stop making things worse by telling introverted kids there's something wrong with them? Ugh.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Morning Coffee (2/11/13)

If you hadn't seen the news yet this morning, the Pope is resigning. Wow.

Castle fans, don't miss this: Andrew Marlowe teases episode 100.

A British romance author is actually an 89-year-old grandfather and World War II vet. Awesome.

Here's an interview about race in YA with Holly Black and Sarah Rees Brennan.

Whoa: The Apollo 11 immigration form.

Fringe fans, check out this teaser for a movie John Noble made with his daughter.

Your feel-good story of the day: Baby fawn licked back to life by family.

Oh hey, a deleted chapter from Anna and the French Kiss!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Morning Coffee (2/8/13)

Snow day! Well, work from home day. Still. Stay safe, everyone!

Here's why you might or might not have gotten a weird blizzard warning sent to your phone, though the piece weirdly downplays the danger of blizzards. Haven't they ever read The Long Winter??

Um. Twitter Bug Makes You Love Celebrities Whether You Want To Or Not

Marvel romance novels sound like a fun idea, but can we stop referring to all romance novels as 50 Shades?

A J.M.W. Turner biopic sounds interesting!

The DISH commenters are the worst and I hate them.

How Social Media Put a Tiny Yarn Shop on the Map

Invisible Women: The Real History of Domestic Workers in America

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

New Goo Goo Dolls song!

Ooh! It sounds a bit different from their norm but I like it.

Morning Coffee (2/5/13)

Judy Greer's book sounds interesting!

Your outrageous "let's just bash women's writing" article of the day: Chick lit 'harms body image', study finds (Hint: There is no definition of "chick lit" therein.)

The Internal Memo That Allowed IBM's Female Employees to Get Married

I am also disappointed in how Danica Patrick has used her fame. Especially since she complains about people seeing her as a sex symbol. Then DON'T DO GODADDY ADS.

Um: NJ School Makes "No Cursing" Rule, But Just for Girls

Wow, that was a lot of "things are awful for women everywhere" in a row. Something different! Look at the Tudor wine cellar below Britain's Ministry of Defence building!

What really made Mary Ingalls go blind?