Daily Briefing

Deep buzz for the content-deprived

Every weekday, while you get showered and dressed, we pluck these dewy- fresh, breaking stories from the info-clogged byways of the datasphere. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and stoke up on everything you need to know, or at least enough to fake it.

The Real Real Genius
Phyllis Rostykus, Slate | The Real Real Genius | August 10, 2015

Thirty years ago, I helped inspire the lead female character in the classic nerd movie. I finally understand why some crtiics disliked its portrayal of women...

The Cop
Jake Halpern, The New Yorker | Darren Wilson Profile | August 5, 2015

Darren Eilson was not indicted for shooting Michael Brown. Many people question whether justice was done...

Two Novelists Double Down On Iraq
Matt Gallagher, The Daily Beast | Iraq War Novel: War of Encyclopaedists | August 4, 2015

The pleasures and pains of collaborating on the highly praised novel War of Encyclopaedists...

Exit, Stage Left
David Remnick. The New Yorker | Jon Stewart: Exit, Stage Left | August 3, 2015

Four nights a week for sixteen years, Jon Stewart, the host and impresario of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," has taken to the air to expose our civic bizarreries...

Binge-Reading Donald Trump
Carlos Lozada, The Washington Post | Binge-Reading Trump | August 2, 2015

I just binge-read eight books by Donald Trump. Here's what I learned...

Live Bearcam, Brooks Falls, Alaska
Explore | Bears Fishing At Brooks Falls | August 2, 2015

Live bearcam, Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park, Alaska...

How To Write A Novel In The Dark
Siobhan Adcock, The Daily Beast | Night Writer | July 31, 2015

Writing fiction while sharing a tiny New York apartment with a husband and child...

The Extraordinary Painted Elephants Of India
The Guardian | Painted Elephants | July 31, 2015

The Elephant Festival takes over the city of Jaipur every year...

DNA Deciphers Roots Of Modern Europeans
Carl Zimmer, The New York Times | Roots Of Modern Europeans | July 29, 2015

Two new studies indicate that today's Europeans descend from three groups who moved into Europe at different stages of history

Man Booker Prize 2015
Mark Brown, The Guardian | Man Booker Prize Longlist | July 29, 2015

An American literary agent known for his ruthless negotiating and memoirs recounting his struggles with crack-cocaine and alcohol, has made it on to the 2015 Man Booker longlist with his debut novel