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.

Banksy Hotel In the West Bank
Ian Fisher: The New York Times | Banksy Hotel In The West Bank | April 18, 2017

Small, but plenty of wall space...

Trump And The Pathology Of Narcissism
Alex Morris, Rolling Stone | Trump And The Pathology Of Narcissism | April 17, 2017

Diagnosing the president was off-limits to experts -- until a textbook case entered the White House...

New Power Center In Trumpland: The 'Axis Of Adults'
Kimberly Dozier, The Daily Beast | New Power Center: "Axis of Adults" | April 17, 2017

Trump administration "adults" are meeting in private to hash out policy...

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...