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 Abbie Hoffman Of The Right: Donald Trump
David Brooks, The New York Times Opinion | Trump & Hoffman | September 26, 2017

He was elected to be a cultural president...

Before 'The Iliad,' Did Homer Write The World's First Comedy?
Allison McNearney, The Daily Beast | Homer's First Work | September 25, 2017

Homer's very first work -- if Homer actually existed -- is named Margites...

Tim O'Brien On What We Can All Learn From Ken Burns' "The Vietnam War"
Elliot Ackerman, The Daily Beast | Tim O'Brien on "The Vietnam War" | September 24, 2017

How relevant the Vietnam War is today...

Gene Simmons Interview
Marlow Stern, The Daily Beast | Gene Simmons' Vault | September 24, 2017

Why he loves America more than you do...


Does Oil Come From Dinosaurs?
Kenneth Lacovara, Powell's City of Books | Oil And Dinosaurs | September 22, 2017

It's a fun idea, but no...

A Head-Spinning, Hope-Inspiring Showcase Of Art
Holland Cotter, The New York Times | Pacific Standard Time | September 22, 2017

A grand exchange beckons the art traveler...

Trump Administration Rejects Study Showing Positive Impact Of Refugees
Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Somini Sengupta, The New York Times | Report On Refugee Impact | September 20, 2017

Refugees brought in $63 billion more in government revenues over the past decade than they cost...

Treasure Island
Jessamyn Hatcher, The New Yorker | Treasure Island | September 20, 2017

The extraordinary finds of an amateur diving club in Holland...

In The Amazon, A Catastrophic Gold Rush Looms
Chris Feliciano Arnold, The New York Times | Amazon Gold Rush | September 19, 2017

In pursuit of a 16th-century boondoggle: fortunes of gold in the Amazon...

The Queen Of Oversharing
Caitlin Flanaga, The Atlantic | The Best of Us | September 19, 2017

The personal essay may be over -- but Joyce Maynard isn't...