Monday, June 26, 2017

Afternoon Tea (6/26/17)

JD and Kate's posts about their visits to presidential museums are great. Here's Jimmy Carter! (They actually met Jimmy Carter!!)

Medieval Scholars Believed in the Possibility of Parallel Universes

!! Birds’ Egg Shapes Might Be Determined By How Well They Fly

I just read a book that took place partially in Hong Kong, so I was interested to see these pictures: Scenes From Hong Kong, 'Pearl of the Orient'

Lost in Arabia

Morning Coffee (6/26/17)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

Oh, New Hampshire: This State Almost Let Pregnant Women Kill People

These are all the people the Senate health care bill will hurt

This sounds fine and normal: "Three foreign ambassadors — one from Asia and two from Europe — said they had taken to contacting the National Security Council because the State Department does not return their calls or does not offer substantive answers when it does."

Interesting: ‘We’re told we’re anti-Welsh bigots and fascists’ – the storm over Welsh-first schooling

Melville, please call your office: The Killer Whales Haunting Fishermen in the Bering Sea

Millennials Are Using Public Libraries More Than Any Other Generation. SO THERE.

Nazi spies planned bombings in Chile, archives reveal

Important: Your Email Font Choice Is Making You Look Like a Sociopath

How To Not Get Things Done: The case for to-do list rollover

Friday, June 23, 2017

Afternoon Tea (6/23/17)

Fun: What It's Like to Have Dinner with Prince Harry (I just read a book that took place in Singapore and it was FASCINATING.)

Hear, hear: Zipping Your Own Dress Shouldn't Be a Problem

NPR has your playlist needs covered: Roséwave: 75 Songs To Kick Off A Faux-Luxe Summer

Amazing: The ABCs of WWI, a British Wartime Alphabet Primer

Ooh! An interactive map of Scottish Clan Battlefields, useful for your Outlander or general historical needs.

Morning Coffee (6/23/17)

FINALLY FRIDAY. Time for our traditional happy links.

Stop rubbing it in, Canada: Justin Trudeau Hugs a Puppet Unicorn in a Beautiful Universe Much Like Our Own

Road trip? The 41 Most Instagram-Worthy Ice Cream Shops in the United States

TRUE: No Chris Week Is Complete Without Nerd Hunk Chris Hayes

Important journalism: The CW All-Stars: Which Actors Have Appeared on the Most Shows?

Jessica at Go Fug Yourself made us an amazing Breton stripes shopping guide.

Aw, here's a firefighter and the kitten he rescued from a chimney.

This is as wacky as you'd expect: Summer solstice at Stonehenge – in pictures

I may need some Crayola nail polish.

Let's buy some beach bags!

Ooh: Vintage Royal Ascot Jewels

Stay Cozy with These Literary Socks

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Afternoon Tea (6/22/17)

The Scandalous Divorce Case that Influenced the Declaration of Independence

This is fascinating: China's Mistress-Dispellers

The Great Uprising: How a Powder Revolutionized Baking

Here is a very useful and important review of the new Transformers movie.

The British Library has a fun post about manuscripts showing how people in cold climates thought others stayed cool in hot weather. It involves the marvelous sentence "Medieval writers also worried about how dragons coped with heat."

Morning Coffee (6/22/17)

The 55 things the White House has promised to get back to us on

Are Russian Operatives Attacking Putin Critics in the U.S.?

Let's check on if things are more stable else- oh. Romania's government collapses as ruling party MPs oust prime minister

Interesting: Work starts to identify Argentinian Falklands war dead

Huh: Excommunicating mobsters? Vatican eyes new legal doctrine

Instagram account Everyday Africa tries to change perceptions

Gaza Dating Site Matches Widows to Men Seeking 2nd (or 3rd) Wife

The neo-fascist philosophy that underpins both the alt-right and Silicon Valley technophiles

Behind a bookcase, a secret passageway leads to a trove of Nazi artifacts in Argentina

This is fascinating. Such a scam! I Went on a Quest for Legit Health Tips at Gwyneth’s Goop Summit

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Afternoon Tea (6/21/17)

This is fascinating (and SUCH PRETTY PICTURES): Is It Possible to Fix the Indian Wedding Business?

ALSO VERY PRETTY: With Acrobats and Cake, a Paris Opera Celebrates Its Rebirth

How A. E. Housman Invented Englishness

Rachel Jackson, the Scandalous Divorcee Who Almost Became First Lady

Huh: How Animals Develop Regional Accents

Book Review: Prince Charles: The Passions & Paradoxes of an Improbable Life

First of all: obviously, a biography will generally only be interesting if the reader is interested in the subject. I know a lot of people are opposed to the modern monarchy or just find royal stuff boring, and that's fine but clearly if you feel that way this is not the book for you! So I'm not going to be trying to litigate any of those questions here. The useful question, I think, is whether, if you are interested in Prince Charles, this is a book you will enjoy. And I think it is!

This biography is very, very detailed, with a ton of information about pretty much every aspect of Charles' life. I'm reasonably well-informed about the royal family, but even so there was so much here I didn't know. Lots about architecture. And sustainable gardening. Charles cares a lot about his pet causes, which is great, but my eyes started to glaze over a TAD during some of that. There was also a lot about royal logistics, which I sincerely find completely fascinating, but again - not exactly a breezy read.

Of course, in among all those details, there's plenty of juicy stuff about Charles' life, including his relationships with Diana and Camilla, his kids, his parents, everyone else. This is not an authorized biography, but Smith clearly had a lot of access and cooperation from people in Charles' life, and she's clearly sympathetic to him. But it's interesting to read while keeping her sources very much in mind - this is what his friends say about xyz, this is what his staff says, etc. There were a lot of details about his relationships that I hadn't read before, and it seems clearer than ever that his marriage to Diana was a complete disaster from the day one - and ever before that - and that they could never have been happy together. It's terribly sad, these two incompatible people who were incapable of giving each other what they needed, and I'm happy that Charles has found happiness with Camilla now.

Camilla sounds pretty awesome here, actually, and given Diana's popularity and Camilla's unpopularity, it was striking to note how Camilla seems much better suited for her public role than Diana ever was. I hadn't realized that during her marriage Diana refused to get involved in causes and resisted public appearances, and only became an advocate later, while Camilla seems to be genuinely comfortable with traveling around promoting good causes and admiring people's prize turnips and such. (In fact, Camilla and Kate seem more naturally suited to this royal role than any of the men, which I suppose makes sense given that they were the ones who had some choice about whether to take it up.) Also, a friend of Camilla's describes her sitting room as "crammed with books and knitting," so obviously we should hang out.

I know the traditions of the monarchy often seem archaic, but one thing this book really brought home was how much thought and effort current members of the royal family, especially the Queen and Prince Charles, have been putting into modernizing it - both politically and economically, as far as revising the way the finances work and coming up with new income streams, as well as culturally, using social media. (At one point they also quoted Prince Harry as basically saying "OMG you guys, JUST TEXT LIKE NORMAL PEOPLE," which was hilarious.)

One thing this book could have really used were some genealogical tables. I mean, I love those in general, but especially in a book like this with so many generations of intermarried families - it would have been useful to easily trace how people were related. (Not the royals - I know who they are - but all the other miscellaneous aristocrats and distant relatives who keep popping up.)

Also! If you're kind of interested but not enough to read 500 pages about architecture and logistics, I'd recommend just reading the highlights from Go Fug Yourself. Their summary is delightful.

And the one thing you really REALLY need to know is that apparently Prince Charles and Mark Rylance correspond about crop circles. Yes, really.

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Morning Coffee (6/21/17)

The New Face of Russian Resistance

This is an amazing story of a doctor in Dakar: The Soul of a Feminist

Why the Supreme Court’s decision to review Wisconsin’s gerrymandering is such a big deal

Behind the Democrats’ Emoluments Lawsuit Against Trump

He broke ground in stem-cell research. Now he’s running for Congress.

How The New York Times moderates 12,000 comments a day

Why Do Men Harass Women? New Study Sheds Light On Motivations

An ancient Islamic city has been found under an Ethiopian town where local lore spoke of giants

This is so cool: The History of Movable Paper in One Massive, 9,000-Book Collection

Whyyyyy: ‘Sherlock’ Team Reuniting for New ‘Dracula’ Series

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Afternoon Tea (6/20/17)

The Thrilling Tale of How Robert Smalls Seized a Confederate Ship and Sailed it to Freedom

The best TV adaptations aren’t direct translations. They’re windows into worlds.

People Used to Be So Scared of Coffee That Bach Wrote a Cantata About It

How Pasteur’s Artistic Insight Changed Chemistry

The Artful Propaganda of Soviet Children’s Literature

Morning Coffee (6/20/17)

This is a funny and useful refresher: Hey, Remember That Congressional Election in Georgia? It’s Finally Happening!

"France is back." Macron's En Marche party just swept the French parliament.

ISIS says it carried out an attack in Jerusalem, but Hamas claims it did. Here’s why that matters.

Let's not pretend leaks and hacking are a problem for just one party: GOP Data Firm Accidentally Leaks Personal Details of Nearly 200 Million American Voters

Who in the White House Will Turn Against Donald Trump?

Important: The Link Between Domestic Violence and Mass Shootings

‘You Can’t Rattle Her’: Katy Tur on the Rise

Yay, we've got a Star Trek: Discovery premiere date!

I'm reading the first of these books now and it's fascinating: With Rich People Problems, the Crazy Rich Asians Series Goes Global

Revealed in Israel, a 2,600-Year-Old Request for Wine

Monday, June 19, 2017

Afternoon Tea (6/19/17)

Paradise Lost: The Other Side of Reality TV

Fun! These Maps Reveal the Hidden Structures of ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Books

Watching the [Hotel] Detectives

The ancient mystery of St Hilda's 'snake stones': what do ammonites really look like?

14 Curious Telegrams from (and to) Famous Writers (Some of these aren't exactly CURIOUS, but they're interesting!)

Morning Coffee (6/19/17)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

Mosul's Library Without Books

Whoa: Masquerading as Reporter, Assassin Hunted Putin Foes in Ukraine

In South Sudan, Fake News Has Deadly Consequences

How Autocratic Is He?

The strange origins of the GOP ideology that rejects caring for the poor

Interesting: Modern Wars Are a Nightmare for the Army's Official Historians

Huh: The Manhattan Street (Still) Named After a Soviet Spy

Ooh: NBCUniversal Sets Launch Date for The Olympic Channel

Here's an interesting look at social media ghostwriters.

Alien megastructures – where we should look next

Friday, June 16, 2017

Afternoon Tea (6/16/17)

If you'd like a nice juicy read for your Friday afternoon, don't miss Weddings of the 0.01 Percent. (Now I want to read a novel about super fancy wedding planners.)

Mallory Ortberg's Internet

Bias, She Wrote: The Gender Balance of The New York Times Best Seller list

This is so interesting: The ATU Fable Index: Like the Dewey Decimal System, But With More Ogres

The Spy Who Became England’s First Successful Female Writer

Morning Coffee (6/16/17)

Time for some Friday happy links!

Canada's just SHOWING OFF now: A Chiseled Justin Trudeau Casually Kayaked Up to This Family’s Dock to Talk About Climate Change

The Hidden Treasures in Italian Libraries

Aw, look at Luna Legend's first pitch. Also, Luna Legend sounds like the name of a superhero.

Why yes, I DO want to ogle the US's most expensive vacation homes.

She makes a compelling case: S’mores Should Be Made With Chocolate Frosting

Get Lost in These Real-World Fairy Tale Landscapes

Did you know there is such thing as SILENT BOOK CLUB????

!! In 1964, You Could Buy Magazines From a Street Dalek

I'd... try this: Someone invented a black latte for people who hate unicorn drinks

Vintage Photos of Traveling Libraries

18 Cocktails That Are Basically Summer in a Glass Is it the weekend yet?

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Afternoon Tea (6/15/17)

This is fascinating: The Invention of World History

In Defense of Cultural Appropriation

Our 300-year love affair with advice columns

!!! The Bears Haunting Dracula’s Castle in Romania

Jill Eisenstadt on Surviving the Literary Brat Pack

Morning Coffee (6/15/17)

Well. Special counsel is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice, officials say

Congressional Democrats to file emoluments lawsuit against Trump

By one definition, the GOP baseball shooting is the 154th mass shooting this year

Kamala Harris Got Shut Down After Asking an Incredibly Important Question. Again. WONDER WHY.

Who Needs Rule of Law?

Revealed: reality of life working in an Ivanka Trump clothing factory

Bared Breast Enthralls a Future Czar, and Stokes a Russian Culture War

SIGH: An Uber board member interrupted a presentation about sexism to make a sexist joke

I'm so excited to read this: Anthony Horowitz’s Whodunit Within the Whodunit

!!! ‘Bake in Space’ Experiment Aims to Make Crumb-Free Bread on ISS

Secret Mexican diary sheds light on Spanish Inquisition

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Afternoon Tea (6/14/17)

Can Instagram Keep People Reading Books?

Explore Armenia’s Medieval Monasteries in Interactive 360-Degree Panoramas

I'd try it: Fancy a glass of … Britagne? England’s vineyards seek a snappy brand name

Interesting: How An 80-Year-Old Murder Inspired My Present-Day Novel

A Darkness Lit with Sheets of Fire

Morning Coffee (6/14/17)

This is a difficult, important story: Turning Pain Into Hope: Rwanda’s children of rape are coming of age — against the odds.

Putin's Monster

Russian Cyber Hacks on U.S. Electoral System Far Wider Than Previously Known

Trump’s Tweets Must Now Be Taken Seriously

Yesterday was really quite a time for new restrictions on media access to the Senate, given the SECRET HEALTH CARE BILL and all.

Why James Comey’s prepared testimony reads like a great American short story

The Madness of King Trump

The J.K. Rowling response is what makes this: Donald Trump blocked Stephen King on Twitter, according to the author

Remembering the Murder You Didn't Commit

Ooh: Ta-Nehisi Coates unveils cover for Obama-era book We Were Eight Years in Power

Posh Roman London teen's skeleton to return to her final resting place

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Afternoon Tea (6/13/17)

Can We Blame the Mafia on Lemons?

I wish we could watch this here! Indian soap tackles taboos to become one of world's most watched

How St. Augustine Invented Sex

Well, this definitely made me want to read the book: The Biggest Mystery of My Book is Its Cover

A C.S.A. for Books

Morning Coffee (6/13/17)

The Toll That the Mexico City Policy Will Take in Africa

U.S. Cyberweapons, Used Against Iran and North Korea, Are a Disappointment Against ISIS (Buried in there - details on what Trump is accused of leaking to Russia.)

Obamacare is in real danger

Trump gets another travel ban defeat — and the clock is ticking

President Trump held a Cabinet meeting, and it was weird

No, Donald Trump doesn’t have 110 million people following him on social media

Nevada Is Considering a Revolutionary Health-Care Experiment

She accused a NASCAR champion of domestic violence and it ruined her life

AWESOME: These Teen Girls Invented a Straw That Can Detect Date-Rape Drugs in Drinks

The Rise of Cryptocurrency Ponzi Schemes

Found: An Aztec Temple Hiding Under the Streets of Mexico City

Monday, June 12, 2017

Afternoon Tea (6/12/17)

The Rise of the Global Novelist

This is fascinating: 'It was quasi-religious': the great self-esteem con

Whoa: Tracking Bumblebees Based on Their Buzzes

From Penelope to Pussyhats, The Ancient Origins of Feminist Craftivism

As usual, Todd VanDerWerff writes pieces I love even about things I don't care about: The Mummy says more about its stars and its franchise than anything mummy-related

Morning Coffee (6/12/17)

Me elsewhere: TV news for the week.

Important news to start your Monday: Bear breaks into house, plays the piano but not very well

Go NHS! All 48 London Bridge attack victims who made it to hospital have survived

Everything You Need to Know About Lord Buckethead, the Spacelord Star of the UK General Election

This is great: Muslim and Latino groups unite during Ramadan, breaking fast with tacos at mosques

'Who Threatens You?' Researchers Asked Teen Girls Affected By Conflict

Important: The Myth of the Kindly General Lee

"No staffer wants to get too far out on a limb when they’re working for an unpredictable arborist."

"The thing about working in an environment with no job security – which most Americans and no senators do – is that you quickly come to understand that what the boss 'hopes' for, the boss gets, whether it's a coffee or you working late every night or the end to an investigation into your former national security advisor's contacts with the Russian government."

Here’s The Best Tool We Have For Understanding How The Midterms Are Shaping Up

Ooh, good news! Books of Wonder to Open Upper West Side Location

Stunning fossil reveals prehistoric baby bird caught in amber

Friday, June 9, 2017

Afternoon Tea (6/9/17)

Madame Bovary’s Wedding Cake

Fascinating trajectory: The Gospel According to Glennon

Cheap Thrills, Private Dicks, and Desperate Dames From the Heyday of Pulp Fiction

The Mysteries of a Rare, 18th-Century Native American Map

Why St Nicholas works wonders for Russians

Morning Coffee (6/9/17)

Time for our traditional Friday happy links!

I am SO EXCITED about Sarah Rees Brennan's new book! (Also, her description of Holly Black in that post is PERFECT.)

Awesome: Orly's New Collection Finally Makes It Possible For Muslims to Wear Nail Polish

I enjoy the Clooneys' statement about their babies, and also that they gave the kids real names.

Literary Mansplaining: The Do’s and Don’ts of Dating a Reader

Useful! STEM Heroines in Romance ― The Master List

Another reason Norway is great: ANNUAL LITERATURE TRAIN.

The Makings of a Delicious Eton Mess

Found: Cat’s Paw Print on a Roman Roof Tile

Please Appreciate This Magnificent Turn of the Century Seed Catalog Art

Ooh: The Bookish Guest's Room

And now I want a literary shower curtain.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Afternoon Tea (6/8/17)

The Hidden Women in Astronomy Research

Why Are We So Afraid of Female Desire?

Solved: The 47-Year Mystery of a Murder Victim’s Many Identities

The Anxiety of Recommending Books to Other People

Commemorating Russia’s last coronation

Morning Coffee (6/8/17)

Theresa May Stumbles Awkwardly to Election Day

James Comey’s dramatic prepared testimony about President Trump, explained

Trump’s loyalty demand to Comey is part of his ongoing corrosion of constitutional government

Why Donald Trump's travel ban tweets are legally idiotic, explained for Donald Trump

The Trump White House is really hanging Jeff Sessions out to dry

This was a very good gesture, especially right now: Prince Harry Shares a Meal with Muslim Community in Singapore

Why Police Chiefs Oppose Texas’s New Anti-Immigrant Law

Whoa: The story of human evolution in Africa is undergoing a major rewrite

Why are reindeer flying to a remote Alaskan village? (I will admit that this made me think "Wait, reindeer can't REALLY fly, can they??")

Aw: A kitten nursery saves tiny lives in a city aiming to become ‘no kill’

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Afternoon Tea (6/7/17)

This is wild: How D-Day code words ended up in British crossword puzzles

I love this: The Mathematical Poet: Exploring Edgar Allan Poe’s Logical Imagination

The Mummies’ Medical Secrets? They’re Perfectly Preserved

To Save Its Cliffside Towns, Italy Revives the Art of Terracing

The Delightful English Tradition of Beating Parish Boundaries With Sticks

Morning Coffee (6/7/17)

The Persian Gulf crisis over Qatar, explained

Aaand: US suspects Russian hackers planted fake news behind Qatar crisis

Somaliland Wants To Make One Thing Clear: It Is NOT Somalia

Let's pause for some good news: Ireland’s likely next PM would be first gay, minority leader

How Donald Trump Shifted Kids-Cancer Charity Money Into His Business

Welp: The $110 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia is fake news

Kushner Companies Seeking $250 Million to Pay Off Chinese Backers

Has anyone told Donald Trump that he runs the government?

Trump’s tweets matter because, like it or not, he’s running the US government

What a surprise: Female physicians are called ‘doctor’ less than men

Huh, interesting: Novel-writing officer accused of damaging Spanish police's reputation

Found: The Oldest Human-Made Metal Object Ever Discovered in South America

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Afternoon Tea (6/6/17)

The Wartime Spies Who Used Knitting as an Espionage Tool

How Cold Brew Changed the Coffee Business

Unsealed 75 years after the Battle of Midway: New details of an alarming WWII press leak

Premier League Proving Grounds

When Nova Scotia Almost Joined the American Revolution

Morning Coffee (6/6/17)

The U.N. asked for billions to avert four hunger crises. The money didn’t arrive.

Supreme Court Affirms Ruling Striking Down NC Legislative Districts

Oh: Trump Organization to Go Budget Friendly With ‘American Idea’ Hotel Chain

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Trump’s budget chief just disavowed a big part of Trump’s budget

How Climate Change Saved Steve Bannon's Job

I heard this story on the radio yesterday and it's just terrible all around: Concord Refugee Faces Charges, Barriers and Misunderstanding

Aww: Peter Sallis, Voice of Wallace in ‘Wallace & Gromit’ Films, Dies at 96

Very 2017: Man who mowed lawn with tornado behind him says he 'was keeping an eye on it'

Oh, Boston: A Former 7-Eleven Owner Opened a Rival Store Across the Street Named 6-Twelve

Whoa: A Stash of 30 Hidden Bayonets Was Discovered in Valley Forge

Friday, June 2, 2017

Afternoon Tea (6/2/17)

Miley Cyrus's Creepy Return to Wholesomeness

I expected this to be a joke but it was very interesting and well-reasoned! Dream President-Novelist Collaborations

The prom dress: An anthropological history of America’s sexual coming-of-age costume

Need some fiction for your Friday afternoon? I liked Curtis Sittenfeld's new New Yorker story.

The Wolf Must Be in the Woods

Morning Coffee (6/2/17)

Time for our traditional happy Friday links!

Aaah, we have a Murder on the Orient Express trailer! It's so gorgeous!

Victoria & Abdul also looks very pretty! JUDI DENCH EVERYWHERE.

Oh good - Hottest Heads of State has addressed Emmanuel Macron.

British GQ has a very cute new picture of Will and Kate and kids, and William is doing a really nice job of speaking out about mental health and his mother's death.

!!! Rainbow Rowell to write Marvel's new Runaways series (I don't have any particular Runaways feelings but yay Rainbow!)

In other exciting superhero news: The Flash and Supergirl to get middle-grade novels

This week in things I wish were relevant to my life right now: The best afternoon teas in London

Take a Long Walk Through the British Countyside With “Slow Radio” on the BBC

Wow: Architects have identified the 10 most beautiful gas stations in the world

! Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Professional Cat Cuddler?

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Afternoon Tea (6/1/17)

During Ramadan, Home Cooks Shine

A Deep Dive into Goodreads’ Top 100 Mysteries & Thrillers

Edith Wharton Recruited the World’s Greatest Artists to Raise Money for WWI Refugees

The Feuds of Diana Trilling

The forgotten history of how ancient Zoroastrians helped create the old Silk Route

Morning Coffee (6/1/17)

I couldn't pick a quote because this whole thing is amazing and heartbreaking and inspiring: Hillary Clinton Is Furious. And Resigned. And Funny. And Worried.

Source: Comey to testify publicly about Trump confrontations

"Laughter erupted in the room, but it is impossible to report here at this time whether Spicer was smiling or actually meant what he said, literally. That’s because the White House decided to hold the press briefings with cameras turned off."

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Mike Flynn’s Firm Was Paid to Make a Pro-Erdogan Propaganda Film While He Advised Trump

You don't say: China Sees an Opening in Rift Between Trump and Germany

HEROES: These 8th-graders from New Jersey refused to be photographed with Paul Ryan

Someone complained to the mayor of Austin (!!) about the Alamo's women-only Wonder Women screenings and his response is great.

Ooh! A Lost Edith Wharton Play Emerges from Scholarly Sleuthing

Mummy DNA shows that the ancients don’t have much in common with modern Egyptians

Earth May Once Have Been a Donut-Shaped Mass of Vaporized Rock Called a Synestia

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Afternoon Tea (5/31/17)

This is so interesting: Myanmar Is Restoring Temples to Rebuild its Heritage

I want a 3D pasta printer! Shapeshifting Food Could Make Novel Haute Cuisine While Reducing Shipping Cost

!!! Colonial Williamsburg Has a Luxury Historical Spa

Why America’s First Spanish-Language No. 1 in Decades Is Likely to Be the Song of the Summer

Heh: The unwritten rules of waiting several years to throw a baseball at Bryce Harper

Morning Coffee (5/31/17)

Oh, Germany, WE'RE ALL PERPLEXED, I promise: Germans perplexed as Trump escalates feud

Congress expands Russia investigation to include Trump's personal attorney

Shocker: Trump administration plans to minimize civil rights efforts in agencies

James Mattis Is the Last Adult Standing in Trumpworld. That’s Unsettling for a Lot of Reasons.

Get ready for tears: The Place Where Letters To Hillary Clinton Go

The Republicans' War on Medicaid

11 Years Old, a Mom, and Pushed to Marry Her Rapist in Florida

This is WILD: The Knife of Aristotle Isn't Just a Fake "Fake News" Site—It's a Cult

Oh interesting: The Ringer, Bill Simmons’s Site, Will Switch Its Host to Vox Media

Two WWII Bombers Have Officially Been Found Off the Coast of Papua New Guinea

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Afternoon Tea (5/30/17)

Robin Wasserman is smart and great and worth reading as always: Kodak Moments: The Art of Nostalgia in the Digital Age

Can you imagine having to work for this nonsense man-child? The boss who lives as a medieval knight

Mail that baby: A brief history of kids sent through the U.S. Postal Service

In The Age Of Digital Medicine, The Humble Reflex Hammer Hangs On

Huh: Most of the World’s Bread Clips Are Made by a Single Company

Morning Coffee (5/30/17)

Not all that surprising, unfortunately, but still horrifying: Ordered to Catch a Warlord, Ugandan Troops Are Accused of Hunting Girls

Africa’s new slave trade: how migrants flee poverty to get sucked into a world of violent crime

At NATO Headquarters, Trump Fails Another Leadership Test

A Top Mar-A-Lago Employee Is Quietly Doing Government Work For Trump’s Foreign Trip (She's the one married to the felon who pretends to be Secret Service.)

The Single Greatest Witch Hunt in American History, for Real

The 7 Signs That Someone Might Be Running For President In 2020

Here’s the Secret Backstage Trump Drama at Walt Disney World’s Hall of Presidents

Sad news: Frank Deford, NPR's Longtime Philosopher Of Sports, Dies At 78

And in stupid and infuriating sports journalism news: Sportswriter Tweets That Japanese Indy 500 Winner Makes Him ‘Uncomfortable’

My friend Libby is very brave: Wonder how you'd do on 'American Ninja Warrior'? Watch our reporter brave the course

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017