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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.

Michael Herr, 1940-2016
Matt Gallagher, The Paris Review | Micahel Herr, R.I.P. | June 27, 2016

No one could write like Michael Herr. We all tried...

Hieronymus Bosch Died 500 Years Ago, But His Art Will Still Creep You Out
Vicki Barker, NPR Weekend Edition | Hieronymous Bosch At 500 | June 27, 2016

On this 500th anniversary year, there's a massive scholarly revamp of all that is known and thought about him...

Why Trump Makes Me Scared For My Family
Aziz Ansari, The New York Times Opinion | Ansari: Why Trump Makes Me Scared For My Family | June 25, 2016

I am the son of Muslim immigrants...

Lizards Slow Lyme Disease In West
Sabin Russell, San Francisco Chronicle | Lizards And Lyme Disease | June 25, 2016

Ticks who feast on the blood of the common western fence lizard are purged of any Lyme disease bacteria...

A Broken Promise In Afghanistan
Jeanne Shaheen, NYT Opinion | Broken Promise In Afghanistan | June 23, 2016

These are brave men and women who put themselves and their families at risk to help American officials and troops...

The San Andreas Fault Is Definitely Showing Signs Of Large-Scale Movement
Jenna Amatulli, The Huffington Post | Signs Of Movement: San Andreas Fault | June 23, 2016

Heads up, West Coasters...

The Surprising Relevance Of The Baltic Dry Index
Jeffrey Rothfeder, The New Yorker | The Baltic Dry Index | June 23, 2016

Economists of all stripes have routinely consulted it as a trusted proxy for trade activity...

Read Justice Sotomayor's Words On Racial Injustice Before You Go To Sleep Tonight
Charles P. Pierce, Esquire | Sotomayor On Racial Injustice | June 21, 2016

The truth about "isolated" incidents...

Pet Sounds Day
Steve Smith, The Boston Globe | Pet Sounds Day | June 20, 2016

Brian Wilson produces stirring 'Sounds' with Boston Pop...

 

What Donald Trump Learned From Joseph McCarthy's Right-Hand Man
Jonathan Mahler and Matt Flegenheimer, The New York Times | What Trump Learned From Roy Cohn | June 20, 2016

Roy Cohn was Mr. Trump's lawyer for 13 years...