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.

Peel, Peek, Touch, Rub: Reading Yoko Ono's "Grapefruit"
Seth Colter Walls, The New Yorker | Reading Ono's "Grapefruit" | May 28, 2015

In the early sixties, Ono became a one-woman force, a potent curator of New York's downtown counter-cultural scene...

How A Missouri "Pothead" Became Poster Boy For Compassion On Drugs
Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor | Compassion And Pot | May 26, 2015

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has commuted Jeff Mizanskey's life senten ce for marijuana offenses...

"I Am Not Backing Off Anything I Said"
Isaac Chotiner, Slate | Seymour Hersh Interview | May 26, 2015

An interview with Seymour Hersh...

A Lifetime Of Wandering In The Dark
Clark Strand, Salon | Walking In The Dark | May 25, 2015

Even in the city I learned I could cultivate darkness as a state of mind -- pull the plug on a billion-watt culture

2015 Reubens: Roz Chast's Big Award A Winning Event For Women Creators
Michael Cavna, The Washington Post | 2015 Reuben Winners | May 24, 2015

It felt, in fact, historic...

Where The River Runs Dry
David Owen | Where The River Runs Dry | May 24, 2015

The Colorado and America's water crisis...

John F. Nash Jr., Math Genius Defined By A "Beautiful Mind," Dies At 86
Erica Goode, The New York Times | Math Genius Dies | May 24, 2015

John F. Nash Jr., a mathematician who shared a Nobel Prize in 1994 for work that greatly extended the reach and power of modern economic theory and whose long descent into severe mental illness and eventual recovery were the subject of a book and film...

Dear Chris Christie: Sorry We Did Our Job
Olivia Nuzzi, The Daily Beast | Sorry We Did Our Job | May 22, 2015

I'm so sorry the media did all of this reporting on why one of the bridges in your state was inexplicably shut down over a personal grudge...

The Right And Wrong Questions About The Iraq War
James Fallows, The Atlantic | Questions About The Iraq War | May 20, 2015

These "knowing what we know now..." questions are driving me crazy. They should make you mad too...

Errors And Lies
Paul Krugman, The New York Times Op Ed | We Were Lied Into War | May 19, 2015

Yes, from a national point of view the invasion was a mistake. But (with apologies to Talleyrand) it was worse than a mistake, it was a crime...