Programming note: No Royals Round-Up this week, because of the holiday and its attendant short week. They’ll be back, and presumably super-sized, next Friday! (Until then, please catch up with our coverage of The Crown.) If you are an American, we wish you a very safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday. If you are able, please considering making a financial donation to your local food bank this holiday season. Given the pandemic, food insecurity is worse than ever.
Do you need gifts for anyone? The GFY Gift Guide has landed!
Meghan Markle wrote a moving piece about her miscarriage, how difficult 2020 has been for all of us, and the importance of checking in with people, for the New York Times. It’s very good.
An excellent question: Why Everyone’s Suddenly Hoarding Mason Jars [Marker]
This is cool (and delicious): Seven Native American Chefs Share Thanksgiving Recipes. [Smithsonian]
Fascinating (and sad), at Texas Monthly: Schlitterbahn’s Tragic Slide. The dek: “Jeff Henry often said that his goal in life was to make customers of his family’s legendary water parks happy— ‘to put a smile on their faces, to give them a thrill or two.’ It was a beautiful vision. Until it went horribly wrong.” Between this and Class Action Park (and the ‘rona), I’m officially off water parks.
Lainey tells us what we need to know about the Grammy nominations.
This is great: Hugh Hamrick — David Sedaris’ Boyfriend — Finally Tells His Side of Their Story [Vulture]
At the NYT: When A.I. Falls in Love
Also at Lainey: I didn’t know Emma Stone was pregnant! That’s nice news.
I’m going to pick up some of these: Seven Essential Listens From the Indigenous Podcasting Boom [Vanity Fair]
Love this: How Romance Novelists Are Helping Stacey Abrams Turn Georgia Blue [Bustle]
This interview with Kristen Stewart at Variety is so forthcoming and charming.
Everyone is truly….trying it: Johnny Rotten’s Squirrel Story is Big 2020 Vibes [Pajiba]
At The New Yorker, Helen Rosner writes about The Joylessness of Cooking. Sigh.
This will be fun to argue about: The 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century (So Far) [NYT]
This is such a good piece: “The Bachelorette” Has Two Latina Leads With Clare Crawley and Tayshia Adams—Why Aren’t We Talking About It? [Oprah]
At the Washington Post: I saw this happen on Twitter in real time and it was wild: Room Rater was a beloved pandemic distraction. But the backlash has arrived, courtesy of Jeb Bush.
Really interesting, at the Atlantic: Your Life Story Is Growing on Your Head.
Very topical! Netflix vs. Hallmark vs. Lifetime’s Christmas romance movies: who does it best? [Celebitchy]
I’m sure this is fine!!!!!! Utah helicopter crew discovers mysterious metal monolith deep in the desert. [CNN]