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.

Bruce Langhorne, Guitarist Who Inspired 'Mr. Tambourine Man' Dies At 78
Bill Friskics-Warren, The New York Times | Bruce Langhorne, R.I.P. | April 16, 2017

Mr. Langhorne was best known for his playing on Mr. Dylan's landmark 1965 album "Bringing It All Back Home"...

Tragedy, Suicide and New York's "King of the Red Carpet"
Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter | Jeffrey Slonim: King of the Red Carpet | April 15, 2017

Family and friends struggle to understand what went wrong...

How Jews Became "People of the Books"
Daniel Burke, CNN | Review: People Of The Books | April 14, 2017

Adam Kirsch writes in his new book that texts often became turning points in Jewish history...

The Nation's Cartoonists On The Week In Politics
Edited by Matt Wuerker, Politico | The Week In Editorial Cartoons | April 14, 2017

The best of this week's editorial cartoons, picked fresh off the toonosphere...

Arizona Sky Village's Residents Have One Rule: 'Turn Off Your Goddamned Lights'
Margaret Regan, The Guardian | Arizona Sky Village | April 13, 2017

Nearly every house is equipped with its own domed observatory...

A Jordan Bookseller's 24-Hour 'Emergency Room for the Mind'
Shira Telushkin, Atlas Obscura | Hamzeh AlMaaytah's 24-Hour Bookstore | April 13, 2017

At his bookstore in Amman, Hamzeh AlMaaytah adminsters life-affirming literature...

Is It Last Call For Craft Beer?
Jim Koch, New York Times Opinion | Craft Beer: The End Begins | April 11, 2017

In 1981, there were only 82 breweries in the United States. Today there are 5,300...

"People Just Flat-Out Lie"
Susan B. Glasser, Politico | Andrea Mitchell Interview | April 11, 2017

Andrea Mitchell interview....

The New Age Of Ayn Rand: How She Won Over Trump And Silicon Valley
Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian | The New Age Of Ayn Rand | April 11, 2017

The Fountainhead is one of the few works of fiction that Donald Trump likes...

Beyond White Men: The Forgotten Heroes Of WWI
Richard Rubin, The Daily Beast | The Great War | April 10, 2017

A three-night series that begins tonight on PBS...