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.

When Mary Martin Was The Boy Who Wouldn'g Grow Up
Ben Yagoda, Longreads | Mary Martin's 'Pan' | December 7, 2014

In the 1950s, a musical adaptation of J.M. Barrie's 'Peter Pan' starring Mary Martin became a sensation, attracting the fourth biggest audience of all time for a scripted TV show when a live production was broadcast on NBC...

Joby Ogwyn: The Man Who Fell To Earth
Daniel Duane, Men's Journal | Joby Ogwyn: The Man Who Fell To Earth | December 7, 2014

Wingsuit pilot Joby Ogwyn has climbed -- and flown off -- the highest peaks on the planet. But after the tragic deaths of several of his friends and a Mount Everest avalanche that killed most of his crew, is the world's greatest daredevil losing his nerve?...

Darrin Bell Interview
Michael Cavna, The Washington Post | Darrin Bell Interview | December 6, 2014

When he draws cartoons about such tragic incidents, he remembers “the talk” he once had with his mother — and anticipates “the talk” he will one day need to have with his own son...

Implosion Of A Washington Institution
Dylan Byers, Politico | The New Republic Implodes | December 5, 2014

On Thursday, the venerable Washington institution announced it is shifting its headquarters to New York, amid a shakeup that saw the resignation of its highest editors and promised to redefine the identity of a century-old institution that once served as liberalism’s leading voice...

Riding Along With The Hells Angels Of Norway
Jordan G. Teicher | Hells Angels Of Norway | December 5, 2014

The Hells Angels may have loomed large in 1960s American culture, but they're alive and well in Norway...

James Watson Throws A Fit
Laura Helmuth, Slate | Shunning Mr. Watson | December 3, 2014

The disgraced co-discoverer of DNA is selling his Nobel Prize...

The Secret World Of Pickup Artist Julien Blanc
Brandy Zadrozny, The Daily Beast | Seduction Community | December 3, 2014

If 25-year-old Swiss-American pickup artist Julien Blanc is indeed the most hated man in the world, it’s partly because he’s given his detractors such a deep well from which to draw evidence of his depravity...

A Rape On Campus
Sabrina Rubin Erdely, Rolling Stone | A Rape On Campus | December 1, 2014

Jackie was just starting her freshman year at the University of Virginia when she was brutally assaulted by seven men at a frat party. When she tried to hold them accountable, a whole new kind of abuse began...

A High-Stepping Thanksgiving
Michael Cavna, The Washington Post | Richard Thompson's T-Day Story | November 30, 2014

Ten years ago this very week, my wife, Amy, and I were about to celebrate our first Thanksgiving as a married couple...

A Massacre In The Family
Michael Allen, The Wall Street Journal | My Great-Great-Grandfather And An American Indian Tragedy | November 30, 2014

As dawn broke over the eastern Colorado prairie on Nov. 29, 1864, a hastily assembled regiment of volunteer U.S. cavalrymen approached their target: a peaceful village of Cheyenne and Arapaho wintering on Sand Creek.

Somewhere in the ranks rode my great-great-grandfather William M. Allen...