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.

Bob Dylan's Secret Archive
Ben Sisario, The New York Times | Dylan's Secret Archive | March 2, 2016

There have long been rumors that Mr. Dylan had stashed away an extensive archive...

Where Have You Gone, Annie Dillard?
Williasm Deresiewicz, The Atlantic | Where Have You Gone, Annie Dillard? | March 2, 2016

Dillard's mind is on eternity; she couldn't give a damn about the spirit of her time...

India's Water Wars
Aman Sethi, The New York Times Opinion | India's Water Wars | March 2, 2016

"If we remain hungry, you, too, will die of thirst..."

Chris Rock's Oscars
Michael Schulman, The New Yorker | Chris Rock's Oscars | February 29, 2016

Last night's wasn't a normal Oscar broadcast...

How America Made Donald Trump Unstoppable
Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone | How America Made Trump Unstoppable | February 27, 2016

He's no ordinary con man. He's way above average...

How The Republican Elite Created Frankentrump
David Corn, Mother Jones | How The GOP Created Frankentrump | February 26, 2016

To rouse its voters, the GOP exploited hate, anger, and paranoia -- and set the stage for the tycoon...

Don't Turn Away From The Art Of Life
Arnold Weinstein, The New York Times | The Art Of Life | February 24, 2016

Books do not take time; they give time...

Al Jaffee Explains How Mad Magazine Made American Humor Jewish
Leah Garrett, Forward | How "Mad" Made American Humor Jewish | February 24, 2016

For an entire generation, Mad was one of the most central factors in shaping our understanding of the 'adult' world...

What It's Really Like To Work In Hollywood
Melena Ryzik, The New York Times | Hollywood Tales | February 24, 2016

If you're not a straight white man...

The Nation's Cartoonists On The Week In Politics
Matt Wuerker, editor; Politco | The Week In Editorial Cartoons | February 21, 2016

The best of this week's crop, picked fresh off the Toonosphere...