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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.

The Rule Of History
Jill LePore, The New Yorker | The Magna Carta | April 15, 2015

Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights, and the hold of time...

'Halal in the Family': Asif Mandvi's Comedy Jihad
Dean Obeidallah, The Daily Beast | Aasif Mandvi's 'Halal in the Family' | April 11, 2015

First, The Daily Show's house Muslim scripted The Qu'osby Show, but...oops! So Aasif Mandvi's new series evokes an even more classic sitcom...

The Battle For Women's Hearts - And Lives
Barbra Streisand, Washington Post OpEd | Yentl Syndrome | April 11, 2015

Many years later, I was staggered to learn about something called 'the Yentl syndrome'...

Were Lincoln And Nixon Gay? The 'History' Book That Is Dividing America
Edware Helmore, The Guardian | Larry Kramer's 'The American People' | April 11, 2015

Award-winning author and gay-rights activist Larry Kramer's new book aims to counter the exclusion of homosexuality from history...

In Report On Rolling Stone, A Case Study In Failed Journalism
Jonathan Mahler, The New York Times | A Case Study In Failed Journalism | April 7, 2015

"A Rape on Campus" joins America's rogue's gallery of journalism scandals...

The Truth About UVA And Ferguson Isn't Good Enough For P.C. Crowd
John McWhorter, The Daily Beast | The Truth About UVA And Ferguson | April 7, 2015

The whole sordid affair has been about something much larger: the idea that the pursuit of justice can be separated from facts; that metaphorical truth can be more important than literal truth...

Rolling Stone's Boss Plays The Victim
Lloyd Grove, The Daily Beast | UVA Rape Story Critiqued | April 6, 2015

The Columbia Journalism School ripped apart the UVA rape story -- but the magazine's chief blames a fabulist, not his own editors who got played...

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...