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.

Homage To Zenobia
Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker | Homage To Zenobia | July 13, 2015

Her city's remains are now in the hands of a force that wages war on civilization, both modern and ancient

Growth in the 'Gig' Economy Fuels Work Force Anxieties
Noam Scheiber, The New York Times | The 'Gig' Economy | July 13, 2015

In retrospect, the Uberization of the economy began innocently enough back in the late 1970s

Bill Maher and Fox News's Muslim Feminism
Nathan Lean, Salon | Soft Islamophobia | July 13, 2015

How Aayan Hirsi Ali and Asra Nomani embrace the soft Islamophobia of Western expectations

Bernie Sanders Has A Secret
Michael Kruse, Politico | Bernie Sanders Has A Secret | July 11, 2015

His son and the hungry early years that made him the surging socialist he is today

Harper Lee's 'Go Set A Watchman': First Chapter
Harper Lee | First Chapter: 'Go Set A Watchman' | July 10, 2015

Since Atlanta, she had looked out the dining-car window with a delight almost physical...

The Science Of 'Inside Out'
Dacher Keltner and Paul Ekman, The New York Times | The Science of 'Inside Out' | July 8, 2015

Five years ago, the writer and director Pete Doctor of Pixar reached out to us

Have We Got A Story For You: 18 Years Of Storytelling At The Moth
Stav Ziv, Newsweek | Celebrating The Moth | July 8, 2015

For 18 years now, the Moth, a nonprofit dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling, has brought the world "true stories told live"

The Case For Eating Small Fish
John Donohue, The New Yorker | Eating Small Fish | July 8, 2015

From the beginning of time, through the artist Bruegel's day, and until relatively recently, little fish had only big fish to fear...

Trump's Golf Course, A Lesson In Inequality
Ginia Bellafante, The New York Times | Trump's Golf Course | July 6, 2015

A lush and extravagant municipal golf course bearing his name -- Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point -- opened this spring

150 Year Later, Schools Are Still A Battlefield For Interpreting Civil War
Emma Brown, The Washington Post | Schools As Civil War Battlefield | July 6, 2015

Five million public school students in Texas will begin using new social studies textbooks this fall...