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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.

NYC's Plan For Free, Citywide Wi-Fi
Alex Marshall, Governing.com | Free NYC Wi-Fi | February 8, 2015

Private companies are paying the city $500 million to transform old pay phones into high-speec Internet hotspots...

A Comics Scholar Draws A New One Of His Own
George Gene Gustines, The New York Times Books Review | The Sculptor | February 2, 2015

Scott McCloud's new graphic novel is The Sculptor...

Being Black In 1950s America
Jordan G. Teicher, Slate | Being Black In 1950s America | February 2, 2015

Gordon Parks hadn't been to his hometown, Fort Scott, Kansas, in more than 20 years when he returned there in 1950 as a photojournalist on assigment for Life magazine...

The Trip Treatment
Michael Pollan, The New Yorker | The Trip Treatment | February 2, 2015

Research into psychedelics, shut down for decades, is now yielding exciting results...

A Gorgeous Look At Some Of The Oldest Trees On Earth
David Rosenberg | Some Of The Oldest Trees On Earth | January 30, 2015

Beth Moon's father made an impression on her when he told stories about his childhood learning the names of birds, trees, and flowers...

A Note To My Readers
Andrew Sullivan, The Dish | Andrew Sullivan Stops Blog | January 28, 2015

I want to let you know I've decided to stop blogging in the near future...

The Mormon Church's Gay Rights Charade
Samantha Allen, The Daily Beast | Gay Rights Charade | January 28, 2015

Here’s a simple algebra equation to describe what it’s like to grow up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Take the year, subtract 20, and that’s the year it really is inside the Mormon gerontocracy...

Tumbling Into The Screen
Dana Stevens, Slate | Tumbling Into The Screen | January 27, 2015

How watching movies with my daughter changed the way I thought about film...

Learning From Animal Friendships
Erica Goode, The New York Times | Animal Friendships | January 27, 2015

A goat frolics with a baby rhinoceros. A pig nestles up to a house cat. A rat snake makes nice with the dwarf hamster originally intended as its lunch...

End Of An Era For PDI As DreamWorks Animation Closes Studio
Marc Graser, Variety | PDI/DreamWorks, R.I.P. | January 26, 2015

Facility could have used a hit...