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.

A Reporter Rolled Her Eyes, And China's Internet Broke
Paul Mozur, The New York Times | China Eye-Roll | March 13, 2018

A rare puncturing of the artifice...

Debunking A Myth: The Irish Were Not Slaves, Too
Liam Stack, The New York Times | Debunking Irish Slave Myth | March 13, 2018

Memes that falsely claim Irish people were slaves in colonial America...

The Man Who Knew Too Little
Sam Dolnick, The New York Times | The Blockade | March 11, 2018

The most ignorant man in America...

Wrath-Bearing Tree: New Poetry By Lynn Houston
Lynn Houston, Wrath-Bearing Tree | Wrath-Bearing Tree | March 10, 2018

How people change, viewed through the lens of a deployment...

What Happened In Moscow: The Inside Story Of How Trump's Obsession With Putin Began
David Corn and Michael Isikoff, Mother Jones | Excerpt: Russian Roulette | March 10, 2018

His 2013 visit paved the way for a scandal that shook the world...

For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers. Here's What I Learned.
Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times | An Old Way To Get The News | March 8, 2018

It has been life changing...

Teaching William Zinsser To Write Poetry
Diana Goetsch, The New Yorker | William Zinsser & Poetry | March 8, 2018

There was just one catch: Bill was blind...

Tower Records Founder Russ Solomon Dead At 92
Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone | Tower Records Founder | March 6, 2018

Grew the beloved retail chain from one Sacramento location to over 200 stores worldwide...

When Twenty-Six Thousand Stinkbugs Invade Your Home
Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker | Stinkbug Invasion | March 6, 2018

The species has spread to forty-three of the forty-eight continental United States...

Christopher Steele, The Man Behind The Trump Dossier
Jane Mayer, The New Yorker | Steele & Dossier | March 6, 2018

How the ex-spy tried to warn the world about Trump's ties to Russia...