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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 Day Carlos Santana Met Miles Davis
Carlos Santana | Carlos Santana on Miles Davis | January 25, 2015

In an excerpt from his autobiography, The Universal Tone, Carlos Santana describes how he met and befriended Miles Davis and the stages and music they shared...

Guantanamo Prisoner Diary
Britta Sandberg, Spiegel | Gitmo Diary Published Worldwide | January 21, 2015

Mauritanian national

Mohamedou Ould Slahi has been held at Guantanamo for 12 years now without trial and despite a dearth of evidence. A diary he kept of his torture is now being published around the world. Spiegel presents some excerpts...

A Tiny Press Printed Only 15,000 Copies Of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Autobiography. Big Mistake.
Laura Putre, Browbeat, Slate's Culture Blog | A Dearth Of Wilder | January 20, 2015

“Everyone keeps saying, ‘Where’s my copy, where’s my copy?’ ” says Sandra Hume, writer for the Beyond Little House blog and co-founder of the biennial “LauraPalooza,” a festival of all things Ingalls...

In The Crosshairs
Nicholas Schmidle, The New Yorker | American Sniper: Chris Kyle's Story | January 19, 2015

The story behind American Sniper...

Cartoon: Charlie Hebd'overload
Tom Tomorrow, Comics via Daily Kos | Charlie Hebd'overload | January 19, 2015

Charlie Hebd'overload: Notes from the week that was...

E-Publish Or Perish
Ben Schreckinger, Politico | E-Publish Or Perish | January 18, 2015

Why some 2016 candidates are ditching the staid pre-presidential book for a new format...

The Men Who Haunted Me As A Child
Ernesto Londono, The New York Times Opinion | Facing FARQ | January 18, 2015

Growing up in Columbia, I imagined being kidnapped as the only way to end up face-to-face with militants from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia, a Marxist-inspired group that has battled the government for over half a century...

 

French Rein In Speech Backing Acts Of Terror
Doreen Carvajal and Alan Cowell, The New York Times | French Rein In Speech | January 16, 2015

The French authorities are moving aggressively to rein in speech supporting terrorism, employing a new law to mete out tough prison sentences in a crackdown that is stoking a free-speech debate after last week’s attacks in Paris...

Obama Was Right To Skip Paris
Amil Khan | Empowering Al-Q | January 16, 2015

By lionizing Charlie Hebdo, Europe is empowering Al Qaeda...

Cowboy's 132-year-old Rifle Found Propped Up Against Tree In Nevada Desert
Alan Yuhas, The Guardian | Rifle Found | January 16, 2015

Archaeologists say the rusted Winchester Model 1873 rifle may have been left at the same spot more than a century...