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.

Get Rid Of The Damned Things
Roger Rosenblatt, CNN.com | The Damned Things | February 18, 2018

One has the almost satisfying feeling that the country is going through the literal death throes of a barbaric era...

"Who Needs A Controversy Over The Inauguration?" : Reince Priebus Opens Up Abut His Six Months Of Magical Thinking
Chris Whipple, Vanity Fair | Priebus Comes Clean | February 15, 2018

"I still love the guy," he says. "I want him to be successful."...

Tracing The Tangled Tracks Of Humankind's Evolutionary Journey
Hannah Devlin, The Guardian | Evolutionary Journey | February 15, 2018

The path from ape to modern human is not a linear one...

A Literary Road Trip Into The Heart Of Russia
Karl Ove Knausgaard, The New York Times Magazine | Literary Russian Road Trip | February 15, 2018

My whole view of Russia was based on myths and romantic imagery...

U.S. Secretly Negotiated With Russians To Buy Stolen NSA Documents -- And Russians Offered Trump-Related Material, Too
James Risen, The Intercept | Russian Spy Story | February 11, 2018

"It's a really weird one..."

In Conversation: Quincy Jones
David Marchese, Vulture.com | Q Talk | February 10, 2018

A conversation...

We All Live On Campus Now
Andrew Sullivan, New York Magazine | We All Live On Campus Now | February 10, 2018

The whole concept of an individual who exists apart from group identity is slipping...

What Teenagers Are Learning From Online Porn
Maggie Jones, The New York Times Magazine | Porn Literacy | February 9, 2018

Porn is shaping American adolescents' ideas about pleasure, power, and intimacy...

From Expensing Yachts To Chasing The Onion: I Watched The Newsweekly Die From The Inside
Matthew Cooper, Politico | Newsweek In Shambles | February 8, 2018

Newsweek is in shambles...

Grateful Dead Lyricist, Internet Pioneer John Perry Barlow Dead At 70
Ed Mazza, The Huffington Post | John Perry Barlow, R.I.P. | February 8, 2018

"The world lost a true hero today, a Renaissance man who was a relentless warrior for our freedom..."