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.

Gloria Steinem: "I think we need to get much angrier"
Rachel Cooke, The Guardian | Gloria Steinem: "I think we need to get much angrier" | November 14, 2011

Gloria Steinem has been an outspoken figure on behalf of women's rights and the pro-choice movement for half a century. Here, she talks about her opposition to cosmetic surgery and her ambivalence about President Obama...

Occupy Wall Street Protesters Shifting to College Campuses
Malia Wollan and Elizabeth A. Harris, The New York Times | Occupy Wall Street Protesters Shifting to College Campuses | November 14, 2011


Goodbye, city park, hello, college green. As city officials around the country move to disband Occupy Wall Street encampments amid growing concerns over health and public safety, protesters have begun to erect more tents on college campuses...

Lives During Wartime
Home Fires, The New York Times | Lives During Wartime | November 11, 2011

Last week, the editors of Home Fires invited readers to send their recollections and photographs of members of the United States Armed Forces in acknowledgment of Veterans Day. Below is a selection of those remembrances submitted by friends and family of veterans, and from veterans themselves...

Should Penn State Cancel Its Season?
Room for Debate, The New York Times | Should Penn State Cancel Its Season? | November 11, 2011

Many Penn State students are angry over the firing of their legendary football coach, Joe Paterno. But a rising number of voices outside the university say the school should go further and cancel Saturday’s game or the rest of the football season altogether, in light of the outrage over the university’s handling of sex-crime accusations against a former assistant coach to Paterno. Should Penn State cancel its remaining games?...

11/11/11: The Greatest Binary Day Of All
Dean Praetorius, The Huffington Post | 11/11/11: The Greatest Binary Day Of All | November 11, 2011

November 11, 2011, (or 11/11/11) will be your last binary day for almost a century, so enjoy it while it lasts. We know we will.

Don't know what a binary day is? It's a date that consists of only 1's and 0's when written in mm/dd/yy format (or dd/mm/yy for our European readers). "Binary years" have only 9 such dates, meaning there are only 36 binary days in a century...

Why We Need 'Negropedia'
Ned Vizzini, The Daily Beast | Why We Need 'Negropedia' | November 10, 2011

In 2008, people were talking about a 'post-racial America. But now that race is back at center stage, the times are ripe for Patrice Evans' Negropedia, a funny/serious dissection of the racial landscape...

Euro Fears Spread to Italy as the Debt Crisis Deepens
Steven Erlanger, The New York Times | Euro Fears Spread to Italy as the Debt Crisis Deepens | November 10, 2011

Since the start of the euro crisis two years ago, the big fear has been contagion, that market unease about the high debt and slow growth in Europe’s southern rim would infect the core. On Wednesday, contagion arrived with brute force...

The Tweaker: The Real Genius of Steve Jobs
Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker | The Tweaker: The Real Genius of Steve Jobs | November 10, 2011

Not long after Steve Jobs got married, in 1991, he moved with his wife to a nineteen-thirties, Cotswolds-style house in old Palo Alto. Jobs always found it difficult to furnish the places where he lived. His previous house had only a mattress, a table, and chairs. He needed things to be perfect, and it took time to figure out what perfect was. This time, he had a wife and family in tow, but it made little difference. “We spoke about furniture in theory for eight years,” his wife, Laurene Powell, tells Walter Isaacson, in “Steve Jobs,” Isaacson’s enthralling new biography of the Apple founder. “We spent a lot of time asking ourselves, ‘What is the purpose of a sofa?’ ”...

Crews Rush to Save Russian Mars Probe Stranded in Earth Orbigt
Brian Vastag, The Washington Post | Crews Rush to Save Russian Mars Probe Stranded in Earth Orbit | November 9, 2011

The Russian Mars curse has struck again. Since 1960, the Soviet Union and Russia have launched 18 unmanned missions to Mars. Sixteen failed completely, while two returned data from the planet only briefly. Now engineers are scrambling to save the country’s latest attempt....

Joe Frazier, R.I.P.
David Remnick, The New Yorker | Joe Frazier, R.I.P. | November 9, 2011

The greatest heavyweight championship fight in history took place on October 1, 1975, in Manila, and the combatants were Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. And despite the result—Frazier’s magnificent cornermen refused to let their man, blinded by the welts around his eyes, go into the ring for the fifteenth round—no one would ever call Frazier a loser. “It was like death,” Ali admitted after the fight. “Closest thing to dyin’ that I know of.”...