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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.

How To Navigate The Art World
William O'Connor, The Daily Beast | The Art World | April 5, 2015

A new book shows how to be discerning without being dismissive...

How 'You Do You' Perfectly Captures Our Narcissitic Culture
Colin Whitehead, The New York Times Magazine | "You Do You" | April 4, 2015

According to Safire, "It is what it is" has many tautophrasal relatives and ancestors...

Brian Wilson On The Beach Boys' 'Rivalry' With The Beatles And Flying Solo
Jeff Slate, The Daily Beast | Brian Wilson On The Beatles, And His New Album | April 4, 2015

The Beach Boys frontman opens up...

That Loud Bang That Startles You Awake: It May Be 'Exploding Head Syndome'
Lindsey Bever, The Washington Post | Exploding Head Syndrome | April 4, 2015

Exploding head syndrome has received little clinical attention over the years. Scientists have hypothesized the condition is rare and seen mostly in people older than 50...

Ganjapreneurs On The Reservation
Abby Haglage, The Daily Beast | Native American Weed | April 2, 2015

Welcome to the new frontier of Native American weed...

Thousand-Year-Old Anglo-Saxon Potion Kills MRSA Superbug
Nick Thompson and Laura Smith-Spark, CNN | Ancient Potion Vs. Superbug | April 1, 2015

It might sound like a really old wives' tale, but a thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon potion for eye infections may hold the key to wiping out the modern-day superbug MRSA, according to new research...

Digging Up The Author Of Don Quixote
Itxu Diaz, The Daily Beast | Cervantes' Bones | March 30, 2015

You may not have noticed amid all the hoopla about Richard II's cadaver, but Spain dug up a national hero as well...

Faces Of The Men Who Won America's Independence
Daily Mail | Photos of Founding Soldiers | March 28, 2015

These stunning images are early photographs of some of the men who bravely fought for their country in the Revolutionary War some 237 years ago...

Episcopal Presiding Bishop, A Former Oceanographer, Makes Religious Case Against Climate Denial
Emily Atkin, Climate Progress | Episcopal Bishop On Climate Denial | March 28, 2015

One of the most powerful women in American Christianity is condemning the path of the climate denier...

Our Record Industry Nightmare: Unlocking The Truth's Journey From Viral Craze To Label Hostages
Marlow Stern, The Daily Beast | Our Record Industry Nightmare | March 28, 2015

Their Times Square metal performance went viral, and a trio of 11- and 12-year-olds were signed to a $1.8 million record deal. Then they realized what the industry was all about...