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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.

Philip Roth, Towering Novelist Who Explored Lust, Jewish Life and America, Dies At 85
Charles McGrath, The New York Times | Philip Roth, R.I.P. | May 23, 2018

Mr. Roth took on many guises - mainly versions of himself - in the exploration of what it means to be an American, a Jew, a writer, a man...

City In Saitama Prefecture To Tap Into New Revenue Source With Manhole Cover Ads
Mizuho Aoki, Japan Times | Manhole Cover Ads | May 22, 2018

'We hope this project will improve the image of the sewer system....'

Barbara Ehrenreich Gets Pumped For Death
Maxwell Strachan, The Huffington Post | Pumped For Death | May 21, 2018

Why she refuses to waste her final years in a doctor's office...

Jordan Peterson, Custodian Of The Patriarchy
Nellie Bowles, The New York Times | Custodian Of Patriarchy | May 21, 2018

Why won't women just behave?...

Putin Hazed Me: How I Was Stalked, Harassed And Surveilled By Kremlin Stooges
Michael McFaul, Politico | Hazed By Putin | May 21, 2018

The unreveling of the U.S. - Russia Reset...

Obama's Legacy Has Already Been Destroyed
Andrew Sullivan, New York Magazine | Obama's Legacy | May 19, 2018

We have a tyranny currently wrapped in a democracy...

My Adventures With The Trip Doctors
Michael Pollan, The New York Times | The Trip Doctors | May 18, 2018

The researchers and renegades bringing psychedelic drugs into the mental health mainstream...

In Minnesota Town That Voted Trump, A Muslim Doctor Tries To Understand His Neighbors
Stephanie McCrummen, The Washington Post via Twin Cities Pioneer Press | Minnesota Muslim | May 18, 2018

Prominent citizen, town doctor, 42-year-old father of three, and as far as anyone knew, the first Muslim to ever live in Dawson...

Getting The Ending Out Of Tom Wolfe
Paul Elie, The New Yorker | Wolfe's Ending | May 17, 2018

I learned that a new book is a venture into the unknown for writer and reader alike...

Scott Kelly: How Tom Wolfe Changed My Life
Scott Kelly, The New York Times | The Write Stuff | May 17, 2018

There could be no mistaking who had written this lavishly punctuated letter...