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.

The Darknet: Is The Government Destroying The Wild West Of The Internet?
David Kushner, Rolling Stone | The Darknet: The Web's Secret Space | October 25, 2015

Inside the Web's secret space for drug dealers, arms traffickers, hackers and political dissidents...

'Art Brut In America' Highlights Outsider Artists, No Longer Looking In
Roberta Smith, The New York Times | Art Brut In America | October 25, 2015

In 1951, Jean Dubuffet decided it was time to introcue his Art Brut collection in the United States...

Japan's Yakuza Cancel's Halloween
Jakek Adelstein, The Daily Beast | Yakuza Halloween Canceled | October 25, 2015

On Halloween, Japan's largest organized crime group used to allow children to extort mobsters...


Kanye West's Songwriter Wants His Due
Marlow Stern | Rhymefest's due | October 23, 2015

Kanye's longtime songwriter Rhymefest opens up about his new documentary, being snubbed, and whether Yeezy writes his own rap lyrics or not...

Beast Waste Sculptures
Christabel Benoit, Boredpanda | Beach Waste Sculpture | October 21, 2015

Thirteen giant sculptures made entirely of beach waste to make you reconsider plastic use...

Drone Warrior
Lt. Col. T. Mark McCurley, Politico | Drone Warrior | October 20, 2015

I was a drone warrior for 11 years. I regret nothing...

Why L.L. Bean's Boots Keep Selling Out
Bourree Lam, The Atlantic | The Boots Of L.L. Bean | October 20, 2015

Something happened in 2011...

Pond Scum
Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker | Thoreau's Myopia | October 19, 2015

Henry David Thoreau's moral myopia...

The Most Mysterious Star In Our Galaxy
Ross Anderson, The Atlantic | Most Mysterious Star In Our Galaxy | October 17, 2015

Astronomers have spotted a strange mess of objects whirling around a distant star...

Exxon's Climate Lie
Bill McKibben, The Guardian | Exxon's Climate Lie | October 16, 2015

How they knew about climate change decades ago but chose to help kill our planet...