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.

Confessions Of A Houseplant Addict
Charlotte Mendelson, The New Yorker | Houseplant Addict | April 10, 2018

I claimed that I had no time for houseplants...

The Silence: The Legacy Of Childhood Trauma
Junot Diaz, The New Yorker | The Silence | April 9, 2018

"I never got any help, any kind of therapy. I never told anyone."...

Is The Next Nobel Laureate In Literature Tending Bar In A Dusty Australian Town?
Mark Binelli, The New York Times Magazine | Meeting Murnane | April 7, 2018

Gerald Murnane might finally find an American audience...

Macron's Been Working On The Railroad
Robert Zaretsky, Foreign Policy | Les Cheminots | April 7, 2018

At play is not just France's future, but also a certain idea of the past...

How Trump Is Shaking Up The Book Industry
Lakshmi Varanasi, Politico | Trump & Fiction | April 7, 2018

America's literary bubble is rethinking its identity...

How The Art Of Burning Man Ignited A Cultural Movement Beyond The Desert
Jessica Klingelfuss, Wallpaper.com | The Art Of Burning Man | April 6, 2018

Burning Man has taken on a life of its own...

Trump's Most Influential White Nationalist Troll Is A Middlebury Grad Who Lives In Manhattan
Luke O'Brien, The Huffington Post | Influential White Nationalist Troll | April 6, 2018

Twitter troll 'Ricky Vaughn' had a bigger influence on the 2016 election than NBC News and the Drudge Report...

The NFL's Plan To Protect America From Witches
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, The Guardian | Protection From Witches | April 6, 2018

America's mythological vision of itself...

Alan Lomax's Massive Archive Goes Online
Joel Rose, Morning Edition, NPR | Lomax Collection Online | April 4, 2018

Thousands of the songs and interviews he recorded are availabler for free online...

With Signs, Northern California County Declares It Has 'No Room for Racism.' Reality Is More Complicated.
Hailey Branson-Potts, The Los Angeles Times | No Room For Racism | April 3, 2018

The signs stand throughout rural Shasta County...