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.

Before 'The Iliad,' Did Homer Write The World's First Comedy?
Allison McNearney, The Daily Beast | Homer's First Work | September 25, 2017

Homer's very first work -- if Homer actually existed -- is named Margites...

Tim O'Brien On What We Can All Learn From Ken Burns' "The Vietnam War"
Elliot Ackerman, The Daily Beast | Tim O'Brien on "The Vietnam War" | September 24, 2017

How relevant the Vietnam War is today...

Gene Simmons Interview
Marlow Stern, The Daily Beast | Gene Simmons' Vault | September 24, 2017

Why he loves America more than you do...


Does Oil Come From Dinosaurs?
Kenneth Lacovara, Powell's City of Books | Oil And Dinosaurs | September 22, 2017

It's a fun idea, but no...

A Head-Spinning, Hope-Inspiring Showcase Of Art
Holland Cotter, The New York Times | Pacific Standard Time | September 22, 2017

A grand exchange beckons the art traveler...

Trump Administration Rejects Study Showing Positive Impact Of Refugees
Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Somini Sengupta, The New York Times | Report On Refugee Impact | September 20, 2017

Refugees brought in $63 billion more in government revenues over the past decade than they cost...

Treasure Island
Jessamyn Hatcher, The New Yorker | Treasure Island | September 20, 2017

The extraordinary finds of an amateur diving club in Holland...

In The Amazon, A Catastrophic Gold Rush Looms
Chris Feliciano Arnold, The New York Times | Amazon Gold Rush | September 19, 2017

In pursuit of a 16th-century boondoggle: fortunes of gold in the Amazon...

The Queen Of Oversharing
Caitlin Flanaga, The Atlantic | The Best of Us | September 19, 2017

The personal essay may be over -- but Joyce Maynard isn't...

After The Winds Die Down, Larry McMurtry's Houston Trilogy Lives On
Douglas Brinkley, New York Times Book Review | McMurtry On Houston | September 18, 2017

In the Republic of Letters, McMurtry has made Houston matter...