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.

Rare Superman Book...: THe Long, 'Cool' Journey Of A Record-Setting Comi
Michael Cavna, The Washington Post | The Long, "Cool" Journey Of A Record-Setting Comic | August 25, 2014

A comic book is best stored in a place that’s “cool, dry and dark,” Adams says, with low exposure to oxygen. His Superman book was purchased off the newsstand in the ’30s by a man who kept it in a cedar chest at high altitude in the mountains of West Virginia, where it rested for decades until that owner himself was laid to rest...

Nixon Unbound
Douglas Brinkley and Luke A. Nichter, Vanity Fair | Nixon Unbound | August 24, 2014

Though Richard Nixon’s reign was cut short by the Watergate scandal, his first term was on many fronts a triumph. In an adaptation from their new book, which draws on 3,700 hours of Nixon’s White House tapes, two historians reveal the 37th president as crisis manager, geopolitical strategist, and duplicitous paranoid...

Ape-Woman, Artist
Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker | Ape-Woman, Artist | August 22, 2014

The Great Unanswered Question — well, one of them, to go along with what makes music emotionally meaningful, why people first thought of Gods, and how long it will be before the Expos return to Montreal — has always been at what moment humans began communicating with symbols, and why...

Sherman Alexie On His New Film, The Redskins, And Why It's Okay To Laugh At His Work
William O'Connor, The Daily Beast | Winter In The Blood | August 22, 2014

Forgotten, but not gone—such is the plight of Native Americans in the modern U.S. Debates about immigration, profiling Muslims, or police brutality ensure that the causes of many minority groups see their time in the spotlight. The same cannot be said for today’s Native Americans, the descendants of those who had their land taken from them in one of our country’s two original sins (the other being slavery). Issues confronting the community, both on and off the reservation, are rarely found on the evening news or on the front page of major papers...

You've Never Watched The Simpsons Before? That's Unpossible!
Megan Greenwell, Slate | Simpson Mania | August 22, 2014

Marathon-watching the show that gave my generation its soul...

The Baltimore Bottle Cap Factory That Became A Haven For Musicians And Artists
Joradn G. Teicher, Slate | Bottle Cap Factory | August 21, 2014

In 2011, Alex Wein took a year off from college in San Fransisco, and when he moved back to Baltimore, he immediately got an apartment in the Copycat. “I soon realized what a machine it was; all these people cranking out these projects in all kinds of mediums: music, art, performance. So you start meeting your neighbors and they invite you into their places. It was a creative explosion,” he said...

Gateway Bug: How Crickets Could Hook America On Eating Insects
Matt McFarland, The Washington Post | Gateway Bug | August 20, 2014

When you’re on the frontier of food — a land full of experimentation — sometimes you have to sleep with the lights on.

Jakub Dzamba, a Ph.D. candidate at McGill’s architecture school, was experimenting with farming crickets in his Montreal apartment about a year and a half ago. He’d glued together plastic bottles into a contraption capable of storing the insects...

The Terror Behind Our Grief: What We Talk About When We Talk About Robin Williams
Peter Finocchiaro, Salon | The Terror Behind Our Grief | August 20, 2014

Our sadness about the deaths of celebrities is about a lot more than just mourning their loss...

Courageous Filmmakers Are Fighting Ebola On Screen
Abby Haglage, The Daily Beast | Fighting Ebola On Screen | August 20, 2014

The people of Sierra Leone have little faith in the government or foreign doctors, so courageous local filmmakers are showing people how to do battle with Ebola...

The Most Wanted Man In The World
James Bamford, Wired | Most Wanted Man | August 18, 2014

The message arrives on my “clean machine,” a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package. “Change in plans,” my contact says. “Be in the lobby of the Hotel ______ by 1 pm. Bring a book and wait for ES to find you.” 

ES is Edward Snowden, the most wanted man in the world...