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.

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...

The Deafness Before The Storm
Kurt Eichenwald, Opinion, The New York Times | 9/11: Deafness Before The Storm | February 19, 2016

The dots were not connected, and Washington did not react...

I Tried To Kill The College Essay
Rebecca Schuman, Slate | I Tried To Kill The College Essay | February 19, 2016

And now professors are using my jeremiad as a teaching tool...

The Digital Dirt
Nicholas Schmidle, The New Yorker | TMZ: The Digital Dirt | February 19, 2016

How TMZ gets the videos and photos that celebrities want to hide...

E-Commerce: Convenience Built on A Mountain Of Cardboard
Matt Richtel, The New York Times | E-Commerce: A Mountain Of Cardboard | February 18, 2016

"Online shopping has not helped the environment," he said...

Scalia Told Me A Secret About George W. Bush
Stephen Harrison, Salon | Scalia Told Me A Secret About George W. Bush | February 16, 2016

When we had dinner several years ago, I asked the justice about the Bushes...

What Made Antonin Scalia Great
Jeffrey Rosen, The Atlantic | What Made Antonin Scalia Great | February 16, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court justice was distinguished by the clarity of his constitutional vision -- and his willingness to fight for it...

The Tragedy Of Antonin Scalia
Eric Posner, Slate | The Tragedy Of Antonin Scalia | February 16, 2016

He thought he could remove politics from the Supreme Court, but he only made things worse...