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.

Mark Twain, American Diplomat?
Roy Morris, JR., Politico | Mark Twain Abroad | February 16, 2015

You might be surprised by what the author accomplished on his adventures abroad...

David Carr's Last Word On Journalism, Aimed At Students
With David Carr, The New York Times | Carr's Last Word | February 15, 2015

“I love the current future of journalism we are living through and care desperately about getting my students ready to prosper in this new place..."

What I'd Tell Brian Williams
Mike Daisey, Slate | Advice For Brian Williams | February 13, 2015

A few words of advice from someone who's been there...

The Snakes That Ate Florida
Andy Warner, The Nib | The Snakes That Ate Florida | February 13, 2015

Enormous Burmese pythons have invaded South Florida. They're gobbling up all the animals -- then heading north...

Obama's Forever War Starts Now
Ryan Goodman, Foreign Policy | Forever War | February 12, 2015

The White House's proposed legal authorization for a war against the Islamic State may haunt U.S. foreign policy for years to come...

A Painting A Day
Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker | On Kawara | February 12, 2015

On Kawara, the subject of a vast and elegant retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, was born in Japan and lived very, very quietly in Manhattan for fifty years until his death, last June, at the age of eighty-on -- or, rather, the age of twenty-nine thousand seven hundred and seventy-one days, by the form of reckoning that he preferred...

The Monarch Massacre: Nearly A Billion Butterflies Have Vanished
Darryl Fears, The Washington Post | Monarch Massacre | February 11, 2015

Threatened animals like elephants, porpoises and lions grab all the headlines, but what's happening to Monarch butterflies is nothing short of a massacre...

Lynching As Racial Terrorism
The Editorial Board, The New York Times | Lynching As Racial Terrorism | February 11, 2015

It is important to remember that the hangings, burnings and dismemberments of black American men, women and children that were relatively common in this country between the Civil War and World War II were often public events....

Untier Of Knots
Andrew Sullivan, The Dish | Pope Francis: Untier Of Knots | February 9, 2015

What is the meaning of Pope Francis?

You don't have to be a believer to recognize a moment of grace...

Brian Williams And The God Complex
Ken Auletta, The New Yorker | The God Complex | February 9, 2015

Brian Williams, the NBC News anchor, is taking himself off the air for, what he says will be, "several days."...