Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Afternoon Tea (8/16/17)

Analysis of Roman coins tells of Hannibal's defeat and Rome's rise

Why Do We Sleep Under Blankets, Even on the Hottest Nights? Yeah, science, WHY DO WE? I just want it to be cold out so I can sleep again.

On the Rise of Scandinavian Crime Fiction

The Fuzzy History of the Georgia Peach

Aw, memories! HyperCard On The Archive (Celebrating 30 Years of HyperCard)

Morning Coffee (8/16/17)

Oh, good: Baltimore Removes Confederate Statues in Overnight Operation

Trump Gives White Supremacists an Unequivocal Boost

Donald Trump is offering comfort to racists and extremists

While Trump was distracted, North Korea calmed down. That’s not a coincidence.

And here's what's actually happening in Guam right now.

Seeking Greater Global Power, China Looks to Robots and Microchips

Oh hey, Hugo Award winners! Glad THAT process was less of a mess this year, at least.

This whole thing is kind of hilarious: Costco Owes Tiffany More Than $19 Million, Judge Rules

Hmmm: MoviePass Now Offers Unlimited Movies in Theaters for $10 a Month (From what I've read, their business model is a. selling your data [they were just bought by an analytics firm] and/or b. proving their worth enough to get theaters to "partner" with them in the future. I tried to join yesterday but their servers were overloaded - it's 2017, people, do load tests! - and then AMC said they're going to try to block it, so... I guess I'll wait.)

Antarctica’s Ice Hides 91 Newly Described Volcanoes

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Afternoon Tea (8/15/17)

How Driscoll's Reinvented the Strawberry

Todd is speaking my language here: "But in episode three, one big element of the show clicks into place: You realize that Manhunt is a series about catching a killer by playing word games."

This is an interesting read of the movie Marie Antoinette: Tragic Queendom

Identity Crisis: What do you do when someone who isn’t you shows up on the internet — and starts finding your friends?

The Hunt for a Missing Canadian Lily

Morning Coffee (8/15/17)

The Battle of Charlottesville

2017! Tiki Brand Does Not Condone the Use of Its Torches by White Supremacists

Of course he is: Trump says he’s considering pardon for Joe Arpaio

Alabama GOP Senate Primary Gets Even Strange-er After Trump Intervention

Thanks, Germany! An American tourist gave the Nazi salute in Germany — so a stranger beat him up, police say

GoDaddy and Google have refused service to a notorious neo-Nazi site

Aww: Big Ben to be silenced for four years for maintenance

GOOD. I am all for piracy arrests: Police Make Arrests in ‘Game of Thrones’ Piracy Case in India

Huh: Paramount Is Making a Leonardo da Vinci Biopic Starring Leonardo DiCaprio (No offense to Leo, but I'm not super-convinced by the idea of him playing a genius. HOWEVER, I hope this means we are a step closer to my dream of a Thomas Hardy adaptation starring Tom Hardy.)

Ooh! Major archaeological finds at Greenwich uncover lost Royal palace

Monday, August 14, 2017

Afternoon Tea (8/14/17)

What a Fraternity Hazing Death Revealed About the Painful Search for an Asian-American Identity

The Women of Formula One

This is great: Explore Smiley's London

Time-Travelling with Merriam-Webster's Dictionary

The 1922 Eclipse Adventure That Sought to Confirm the Theory of Relativity

Morning Coffee (8/14/17)

Me elsewhere: The week's TV news.

Well, this was some shocking TV industry news to wake up to: Shonda Rhimes Says Farewell to ABC Studios and Hello to Netflix

The Washington Post story about Charlottesville is pretty comprehensive and well-done, if you want to catch up on what's happened.

Here's an interesting first-person account by a New York Times reporter in Charlottesville.

What a surprise: Alt-Right Media Framed Wrong Person in Car Attack, Labeled Him ‘Anti-Trump Druggie’

We need to stop acting like Trump isn’t pandering to white supremacists

This was well-articulated: I’m a White Man. Hear Me Out.

Russia-West Balancing Act Grows Ever More Wobbly in Belarus

Interesting: Words We're Watching: 'Record Scratch'

Almost Edible, 106-Year-Old Fruitcake Found in Antarctica

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Afternoon Tea (8/10/17)

I teared up reading this, so I'm sure I'll handle the actual book very well: John le Carré Goes Back Into the Cold

The Mystery of Sylvia Plath's Lost Novel

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, Mammals Took to the Skies

The Strange, Sad Story of Joe Orton, His Lover, and 72 Stolen Library Books

Tourist Trinkets: The Medieval Pilgrim Badge

Morning Coffee (8/10/17)

"To most North Korea experts, Kim Jong Un is far from erratic. In fact, they say that if anyone is unpredictable in this scenario, it’s President Trump."

"What we do know is that in 1962, nuclear holocaust was averted in part because a president read a book and learned from it."

American mosques — and American Muslims — are being targeted for hate like never before

Mauritania has a new flag

Pregnancy can kill. No one should be forced to give birth against their will

And here's the very important ProPublica investigation mentioned there: Lost Mothers

The global politics of the biggest story in soccer

Women who are elite mathematicians are less likely than men to believe they’re elite mathematicians

Ooh, DRAMA: LeVar Burton Sued for Using His Reading Rainbow Catchphrase on His Podcast

Found: 20,000 World War Two Aircraft Blueprints

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Afternoon Tea (8/9/17)

An Ice Cream Maker’s Latest Recipe: Saving the Local School

I had NO IDEA: How Ice Cream Helped America at War

Chasing Shadows for a Glimpse of a Tiny World Beyond Pluto

Multilevel-marketing companies like LuLaRoe are forcing people into debt and psychological crisis

Lessons From a Victorian-Era Cat Dictionary

Morning Coffee (8/9/17)

Well. This is all pretty worrisome. Trump Threatens ‘Fire and Fury’ Against North Korea if It Endangers U.S.

Britain Is in the Grip of Its Most Turbulent Political Time in More Than 30 Years

Aww: One old minibus and 1,300 books: the mobile library for refugees in Greece

Why Is Donald Trump Still So Horribly Witless About the World?

How the Trump hotel has rewritten the rules of business — and politics — in Washington

The curious case of ‘Nicole Mincey,’ the Trump fan who may actually be a bot

Defendants Kept in the Dark About Evidence, Until It’s Too Late

Huh: Wish you were here: Europol releases set of postcards in bid to catch criminals

Sigh: Mary Beard abused on Twitter over Roman Britain's ethnic diversity

Interesting: Making old bones: Joint Mitnor cave reopens with replica fossils

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Afternoon Tea (8/8/17)

Interesting: Weaning Itself From Elephant Ivory, China Turns to Mammoths

Why Are There No New Major Religions?

Inside the Facebook Group Where N.F.L. Wives Share Anxieties and Advice

With Snowflakes and Unicorns, Marina Ratner and Maryam Mirzakhani Explored a Universe in Motion

Was an Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh a Giant?

Morning Coffee (8/8/17)

Scientists gave this to the Times because they feared the Trump administration would suppress it: Government Report Finds Drastic Impact of Climate Change on U.S.

This is, you know, terrorism, just so we're all clear: FBI: Explosive Device Detonated At Minnesota Mosque

Oh my God, you idiots, STOP LEAVING STUFF ON YOUR WHITEBOARDS IN PICTURES: The Trump agenda, as told by Steve Bannon's whiteboard

Find Out If President Trump Would Let You Immigrate to America Nope!

Hillary Wants to Preach

Bitcoin Has Split Into Two Cryptocurrencies. What, Exactly, Does That Mean? (Update: I still don't understand bitcoin AT ALL.)

Well, good: J.K. Rowling is the world's highest-paid author, Forbes says

This makes me SO ANGRY, I... should just give you the link and not get into it: The Toxic Drama on YA Twitter

Laura Dern Could Make History If She's Elected President of the Academy of Motion Pictures

Found: The Oldest Known Family of Asteroids in the Solar System

Monday, August 7, 2017

Afternoon Tea (8/7/17)

The Art and Artistry of Double Dutch

We Analyzed 1,000 Fortune Cookies To Unlock Their Secrets

Strolling the ancient hillforts of southern England

HOW UPSETTING. Uh, I mean, cool? How One Brave Spider Floated Thousands of Miles to Colonize a New Continent

The Woman Who Collected More Than 25,000 Menus

Morning Coffee (8/7/17)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

'Human life is more expendable': why slavery has never made more money

Sigh: An anti-immigrant group mistook empty bus seats for women wearing burqas

Italy’s ‘Lord of the Spies’ Takes On a Migration Crisis

Republican Shadow Campaign for 2020 Takes Shape as Trump Doubts Grow

This was both fascinating and moving and I kind of want to write a novel about it: The Loyal Engineers Steering NASA’s Voyager Probes Across the Universe

Ooh: Get a behind-the-scenes first look at Broadway’s Frozen musical

Somehow Women Still Make Up Less Than a Third of Speaking Characters in Top U.S. Movies SOMEHOW.

Nicole Chung talked to John Cho and it's great, as you'd expect.

I promise this is more interesting than it sounds: The Secret Life of the City Banana

Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday chat: Summer TV!

Most of the summer TV has started, so... which of the new shows are you watching? Liking? Hating? I like The Bold Type and I'm Sorry. Somewhere Between was one of the downright weirdest pilots I've ever seen, like aliens who had read a book about humans once were trying to make a TV show. I only lasted about five minutes into Midnight, Texas. Will is definitely better than Still Star-Crossed when it comes to ridiculous Shakespeare shows. And I have a bunch of other stuff I haven't tried yet - Salvation, Snowfall, The Sinner, Loaded, The Guest Book, The Last Tycoon... anyone liking any of them?

Morning Coffee (8/4/17)

Time for some Friday happy links!

Wow: 8-year-old Becomes Youngest Female Ever to Summit Mount Kilimanjaro

Linda Holmes of NPR wrote a book and it sounds really good!

Ooh! PBS Orders New Series to Choose America’s Favorite Book

The Times' By the Book column has Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden this week! I love her.

Let's take a break to ogle the Bosworth Psalter.

This is truly the greatest act of self-care.

Whoa: Looking at Famous Buildings Through Water Droplets

!! You Can Take Dance Classes With Alpacas at This Canadian Farm

Ooh, let's go: V&A exhibition sets sail for glory days of luxury ocean liners

Sculpting Star Trek Characters With Butter at the Iowa State Fair

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Afternoon Tea (8/2/17)

This is perfect: Please Forgive Us at Blue Apron for This Week’s Meals. We’ve Been Having a Tough Time Lately

Oh cool: A Very Modern Map of Britain’s Ancient Roman Roads

Dear Match Book: Give Me Fictional Family Sagas, the Longer the Better

Frozen in time: the miraculous gold rush movies buried under the Yukon ice

The Fascinating, Regal History Behind Britain’s Swans

Morning Coffee (8/2/17)

This is long but worth reading (and really well written): Why the Scariest Nuclear Threat May Be Coming from Inside the White House

Ughhh: Nashua Telegraph’s Executive Editor Fired; City Editor Gives Notice "Bucknam said he was fired at 1:30 p.m. by publisher Heather Goodwin Henline for refusing to increase the hours of three salaried employees who are already each putting in about 60 hours a week to avoid paying overtime."

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ State Department considers scrubbing democracy promotion from its mission

Of course they are: "The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants."

This is important to understand, especially given the incorrect stuff going around: John McCain did not kill Obamacare repeal for good. It could still come back.

Success of North Korean Missile Test Is Thrown Into Question

Awful: Premier League youth players targeted by Snapchat groomers posing as agents

Finally some good news! Britain's Best Cook: Mary Berry to judge new BBC cooking contest

Interesting: Amazon's race to make Alexa smarter

Ancient statue unearthed at Cambodia's Angkor temple complex

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Afternoon Tea (8/1/17)

In Ancient Rome, Citrus Fruits Were Status Symbols

When Girls Studied Planets And The Skies Had No Limits

Solving the 55-Year-Old Mystery of the White Box That Fell From the Sky

Oooh: Infographic: The Most Iconic Book Set in Each Country in the World

The Wool Brigades of World War I, When Knitting Was a Patriotic Duty

Morning Coffee (8/1/17)

Welp. John Kelly, Asserting Authority, Fires Anthony Scaramucci

Oh. Trump dictated son’s misleading statement on meeting with Russian lawyer

Oh. White House officials tricked by email prankster

This doesn't sound important or anything: State Department head of diplomatic security resigns

This by Chris Murphy is definitely worth a read: Behind the Scenes of Last Night’s Health Care Vote

Sally Yates: Protect the Justice Department From President Trump

Interesting: Auschwitz: First travelling exhibition will visit Europe and US

The Hot New Thing in Guatemala, Land of Coffee? It’s Coffee

Uh... Steven Soderbergh's New Movie Writer Likely Doesn't Exist

Hilarious: 20 Literary Would-You-Rathers

Friday, July 28, 2017

Friday Chat: Ridiculous party themes

I had a 1920s British country house murder mystery party for my birthday last weekend, and while my mom and I were poking around for ideas, we found some CRAZY but seemingly earnest lists of party themes. (Anna Karenina, anyone?) I started brainstorming joke party themes for some of my favorite shows and books but got stuck on these two really good ones and didn't end up making a post out of it. What are YOUR ideas?

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Party - Give each guest a cup of tea and a section of newspaper and have them read silently while occasionally making meaningful eye contact. Later, make everyone file into your dining room decorated as a conference room, where they will say as little as possibly as cryptically as possible.

Grantchester Party - Dance with your crush to one really upbeat, fun song, then go home and lock yourself in your room listening to jazz and drinking whisky.

What else??

Morning Coffee (7/28/17)

I usually avoid political stuff in the Friday happy posts, but OH MY GOD WE WOKE UP TO GOOD POLITICAL NEWS AND I DON'T KNOW HOW TO HANDLE IT. The night John McCain killed the GOP’s health-care fight

Speaking of things I don't know how to handle: THE TOAST CAME BACK FOR ONE DAY. That's a link to one post but there's a whole day of content, go read it.

This was GOING to be the one good news story of the week, but it's still pretty great: Woolly jumpers: rabbits ride on sheep to stay dry in flood

These people are speaking my language: The Best Part of 'Dunkirk' Is the Sweaters

Aw, we've got a new picture of Prince George for his fourth birthday.

!!! Game of Thrones' Hot Pie Opened A New Bakery Called 'You Know Nothing Jon Dough'

I love looking at luggage and the Fug Girls have a nice roundup.

Related: The golden age of luggage labels – in pictures

The Most Enticing-Looking Desserts From Starbucks Locations Around The World Let's go!

Ooh: Over 60,000 Plants Bloom Inside the World’s Largest Orchid Garden

Whoa, look at this glow-in-the-dark library.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Afternoon Tea (7/27/17)

This look at a true crime convention is fascinating: DNA or It Didn’t Happen

Back from the Front: Tracking down WW1 grave markers

The 19th-Century Lithuanians Who Smuggled Books to Save Their Language

The Lady Anatomist Who Brought Dead Bodies to Light

The Fiercely Precise World of Competitive Table-Setting

Morning Coffee (7/27/17)

Slaves of Isis: the long walk of the Yazidi women

They kept us as slaves: AP reveals claims against church

I am SO ANGRY about this: Trump Says Transgender People Will Not Be Allowed in the Military

The Senate Health-Care Vote and John McCain’s Tragic Contradictions

Sen. Susan Collins Said Some Real Good Shit on a Hot Mic

SIGH: Having a woman on your team ruins your chances for VC funding

Australian Football Becomes an Unlikely Force in the Gay Rights Movement

This happened at my friend's library! Librarian Finds Live Civil-War Artillery Shells on Her First Day

Found: The ‘Cell’ of a 6th-Century Monk in Scotland (They're burying the lede here: They think it's St. Columba's!!)

An Experiment in Zurich Brings Us Nearer to a Black Hole’s Mysteries

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Afternoon Tea (7/26/17)

Does It Really Matter How You See Dunkirk?

England’s Centuries-Old Fascination With Carving Giant Horses Into Hillsides

The Commodification of Orthodox Judaism

Goodnight, Too-Large-to-Be-Astronomically-Accurate Moon

This Japanese Scroll Was Re-Printed a Million Times—700 Years Before Gutenberg

Morning Coffee (7/26/17)

This is a big deal: 111 N.F.L. Brains. All But One Had C.T.E.

Senate Democrats can’t stop a health care vote. Here’s what they’ll do instead.

Wow: In 47 states, a smaller part of the population now approves of Trump than voted for him

Whatever You Do, Do Not Take Your Eye Off Trump’s War on Science

Anti-Semitism among so-called progressives is something that deserves more attention.

Oh cool: World's first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland

How to make $100,000 a month in China, live-streaming your life

Tech giant SAP is probing its South Africa office for kickbacks paid to president Zuma’s cronies

Churchill tried to suppress Nazi plot to restore Edward VIII to British throne

Ooh: Why champagne sorbet might be illegal

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Afternoon Tea (7/25/17)

This is HILARIOUS: I watched in bewilderment while a man tried to return butternut squash because he thought it was cheese

Crime and the City: A Sleepy Little Murdertown Called Reykjavik

Which Country Reads the Most? A Guide to Global Reading Habits

This series is always great: JD and Kate Visit the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

How Hoop Skirts Led to Tape Measures

Morning Coffee (7/25/17)

Where are the bodies buried in North Korea? Investigators try to prepare for future trials.

At 15, she joined ISIS after converting to Islam. Now this German teen wants to go home.

This is fascinating: The Female Warlord Who Had C.I.A. Connections and Opium Routes

Behind a Chinese Powerhouse, a Web of Family Financial Ties

I just... as a friend said this morning on Facebook, I honestly thought Trump would do better at the purely performative aspects of the job like, say, giving non-political speeches to Boy Scouts, but... no: The 14 Most Inappropriate Moments from Trump’s Speech at the Boy Scout Jamboree

Well. The Coach From The Blind Side Just Resigned Over a Scandal Involving Escorts, Bongs, and a Man Named Houston Nutt

!!! An Obituary for Microsoft Paint

This is so cool: Want to tour the International Space Station? You can now use Google Street View

Let's go: Monet's UK parliament paintings to feature in Tate Britain exhibition

Huh, interesting concept: A Spy Novel Whose Clues Are Found on New York Landmarks

Monday, July 24, 2017

Afternoon Tea (7/24/17)

Jezebel's new advice column has started!

In praise of mediocre summer reads.

Watch How (Slowly) News of the Declaration of Independence Spread in Real Time

Hahahaha: Jane Austen Gives Your Weekend Safety Brief

The Rare-Book Thief Who Looted College Libraries in the ’80s

Morning Coffee (7/24/17)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

What a surprise: Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation

Interesting: Where Trump has been for every minute of his first six months as president

I really hope these kids are okay and have safely defected to Canada, if that is indeed their goal: Burundi Robotics Team Vanishes After U.S. Competition

Crying forever: An Artist Turned Hillary Clinton’s Election-Night Confetti Into a Giant Snow Globe

This is quite a story, and also basically the plot of 45 Years: Bodies of Swiss Couple Buried in Glacier for 75 Years Are Identified

Most female homicide victims are killed by husbands or other intimate partners, new report shows

Well, good: Amid Pay Gap Criticism, BBC Says New 'Doctor Who' Actress Will Be Paid Same as Current Star

Huh: YouTube Starts Redirecting Searches for Terrorist Content to Anti-Hate Videos

Whoa: Researchers 3D-printed a soft artificial heart that beats like a human one

Humans First Arrived in Australia 65,000 Years Ago, Study Suggests

Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Chat - Birthday Cake!

I'm off to celebrate my birthday with my family this weekend, so... what's your traditional family birthday cake? Ours is devil's food cake with cream cheese frosting and coconut.

Morning Coffee (7/21/17)

Time for a break for some happy Friday links!

Your Friday absolutely needs John Boyega's GQ cover story.

Your Friday may also need adorable royal children. Go Fug Yourself has great coverage of the Cambridges' trip to Poland and Germany - start here.

Need another cute baby pic? Adult Justin Trudeau held his namesake Baby Justin Trudeau.

Ahhhh, I hope this comes somewhere nearby! Christmas in the Wizarding World to bring Harry Potter magic to holiday shopping

I'm so excited about the new books about the history of magic in the Harry Potter world.

I want to go to Disney's space restaurant!

Ooh, this sounds good and I hope they expand it to all locations: Starbucks Just Added A New Vegan Lunch Option

I AGREE: You Should Be Making (and Eating) More Icebox Cakes

Lay's "Do Us A Flavor" Finalists Are Here & They Are Wackier Than Ever (I want to try the everything bagel and cream cheese one, at least.)

Need some escapism? 17 of the Most Over-the-top Hotel Suites in the World

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Afternoon Tea (7/20/17)

IMPORTANT: I Know How to Push the Button for the Elevator

When Progress Ebbs: Career Women at the Turn of the 20th Century

“From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,” Fifty Years Later

Mapping Dante’s Inferno, One Circle of Hell at a Time

When 1980s Satanic Panic Targeted Procter & Gamble

Morning Coffee (7/20/17)

'People are getting poorer': hunger and homelessness as Brazil crisis deepens

A much-feared Taliban offshoot returns from the dead

Sad news: John McCain has brain cancer.

Sure, that doesn't sound important or anything: War Crimes Office May Be Closed in State Dept. Reorganization

Ugh, this guy: Citing Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Hired Sessions

Trump can’t make a health care deal because he doesn’t understand health care

This was very interesting and informative, and I now have a ticket to see it in IMAX 70mm. Dunkirk is playing in a lot of formats. Here’s how each affects your viewing experience.

BBC Publishes Pay of Top Stars, Revealing Gender Gap

!! 258-year-old cannonball unearthed in Quebec City may still be explosive

This Cave Holds a Spectacular Record of 5,000 Years of Tsunamis

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Afternoon Tea (7/19/17)

Cool: More Than Bread: Sourdough As a Window Into The Microbiome

Why Are We So Unwilling to Take Sylvia Plath at Her Word?

Where the Cocktail Party Came From (A Waugh pops up in that story, of course.)

The Revival of John Quincy Adams

Take a Stroll Through Jane Austen’s England With This Interactive Map

Morning Coffee (7/19/17)

Afghanistan More Deadly for Women and Children, U.N. Says

Trump Is Showing The World What A Weak American Presidency Looks Like

3 GOP women were left out of the Senate’s Obamacare repeal effort. They just tanked it.

Obviously what this story needed was a money launderer: Eighth person in Trump Tower meeting is identified

Parody but JUST BARELY: It’s Time for Hillary Clinton to Gracefully Bow Out of Public Life, Along with All Other Women

Here's the new Jane Austen banknote!

A New Front in the War Over Reproductive Rights: ‘Abortion-Pill Reversal’

This story is wild: An overdose, a young companion, drug-fueled parties: The secret life of USC med school dean

!!! Mysterious Sheet Music Confirmed to Be Lost Work of Gustav Holst

Tintagel excavations reveal refined tastes of medieval settlers

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Afternoon Tea (7/18/17)

This is amazing: The American Experience in 737 Novels

Huh, cool: Resurrecting Ancient Wines That Can Survive Climate Change

Buried in Beads 4,000 Years Ago, This Chiefly Family Lives Again

I promise this is more interesting than it sounds: What the Enron E-mails Say About Us

The Hidden Rules of the Puritan Fashion Police

Morning Coffee (7/18/17)

Fingers crossed that this sticks... Health Care Overhaul Collapses as Two Republican Senators Defect

UAE orchestrated hacking of Qatari government sites, sparking regional upheaval, according to U.S. intelligence officials

Trump lawyer: Secret Service let the Russia meeting happen. Secret Service: Nope.

You should care about the Trump-Russia scandal

This awesome secret resistance project that I've been helping with was finally announced yesterday! (That goes to a PDF, just to warn you.)

Ooh: Comey’s Writing a Book, and Publishers Are Eager to Pay Big Money for It

R. Kelly Is Holding Women Against Their Will In A “Cult,” Parents Told Police

Aw, good for Colin Baker: I was the Doctor and I’m over the moon that at last we have a female lead

I kinda can't believe there wasn't a sandwich already: Apple previews new emoji coming later this year

The Secret Engravings Found on a Neolithic Rock Formation

Monday, July 17, 2017

Afternoon Tea (7/17/17)

Fiery Heaven, Bastard Earth: The Cosmology of “Game of Thrones”

The Long, Storied Controversy Over Cheese on Apple Pie (I am in favor.)

This is fascinating: Death and Taxonomies

The Word Choices That Explain Why Jane Austen Endures (And this actually isn't all about Austen - there's some interesting stuff about the evolution of language in novels in general.)

This 1797 Impeachment Has Never Been Fully Resolved

Morning Coffee (7/17/17)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

Aaah, A Wrinkle in Time trailer! It looks amazing.

Ooh, at long last: Our new Doctor (as in Doctor Who) is Jodie Whittaker!

This seems fine: White House Publishes Names, Emails, Phone Numbers, Home Addresses of Critics

Whoa: A Font Is at the Heart of Pakistan’s Prime Minister’s Legal Troubles

This profile was an unending delight: Meet the Next President Kennedy (I have, in fact, met him, and he was impressive in person as well.)

The Alt-Right Branding War Has Torn the Movement in Two

Key takeaways on how Americans view – and experience – online harassment

Are people and apes the only ones that can plan ahead? Quoth the raven ‘nevermore.’

Toscanini, Trump, and Classical Music as a Tool of Power

The Site of the Salem Witch Trial Hangings Finally Has a Memorial

Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday Chat: Summer Dinners

What do you eat when it's hot out??? I guess the right answer here is "salad" but I hate making salad for one person. What are your other summer go-tos?

Alternatively: Why isn't it fall yet?

Morning Coffee (7/14/17)

Okay, let's take a break from current events for some happy Friday links!

Yes please: Steal Your Summer Reading List From Hillary Clinton

Whoa: Celebrating 20 years of The Philosopher’s Stone inside the mini-Hogwarts in New York City

This is pretty much my favorite headline ever: A Song of Ice and Fire and Soup

I'm very excited about the Game of Thrones touring exhibition. Please come to Boston!

If you'd like to look at some pretty and some TERRIBLE dresses, the Fug Girls have the Highlights of Paris Haute Couture Week.

Yay! The Ask a Manager book is coming!

I feel like this is THE BEST thing to be named after a five-year-old, really: New train to be named after Princess Estelle

I don't understand why Haribo isn't making their Prince Harry candy generally available. Don't they like money??

!! 29 Adorable Photos Of Babies Who Already Love Harry Potter

Let's run off to the Lake District.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Afternoon Tea (7/13/17)

In Praise of Daphne du Maurier

A Baker’s Crusade: Rescuing the Famed French Boulangerie

Ooh! Religion in American History: A Short Syllabus

Heh: The Welshest word on the planet – and nine other phrasebook essentials. Hŵre!

When it Comes to Historical Markers, Every Word Matters

Morning Coffee (7/13/17)

"Beyond the criminal and moral issues at stake, this incident should make us doubt the basic competence of the people the president has chosen to advise him and help run the country."

This piece is so good and important: Hating Trump Doesn't Make A Man A Feminist

All the President's Lawyers

Hee: How to Talk to Your Teen About Colluding with Russia

Not that this will really matter to anything but: Exclusive: House Democrats introduce new plan to fix Obamacare

Aaaaaah! A Wrinkle in Time first look: Oprah, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and more ("And more" includes Chris Pine JUST SAYING)

There’s a lot of bias in astronomy — and women of color are hurt the most

In Poland, a Battle for the Fate of Europe’s Last Ancient Forest

Useful! Lots of ‘craft’ beer is brewed by Anheuser-Busch. Here’s how to spot the real stuff.

Found: Three Cases of Madeira Bought for John Adams’ Presidency