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 Last Slave
New York Magazine via Vulture | The Last Slave | May 12, 2018

Zora Neale Hurston and the story of Cudjo Lewis, the last slave-ship survivor...


I'm Not Black, I'm Kanye
Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic | I'm Kanye | May 11, 2018

Kanye West wants freedom -- white freedom...

Pulitzer-Winning Reporter David Cay Johnstone: "The evidence suggests Trump is a traitor."
Chauncey DeVega, Salon | Trump: Traitor? | May 10, 2018

The public materials we already have strongly indicate that Trump is a traitor...

Meet The Renegades Of The Intellectual Dark Web
Bari Weiss, The New York Times Opinion | The I.D.W. | May 9, 2018

An alliance of heretics is making an end run around the mainstream conversation...

This Is America: Theories Behind Childish Gambino's Satirical Masterpiece
Ben Beaumont-Thomas, The Guardian | This Is America | May 8, 2018

A cryptic new video, hailed as a work of genius...

Inside New York's Modern Art Supermarkets -- And A $100 Million Lawsuit
Evan Siegel, The Daily Beast | Art Bastard Lawsuit | May 8, 2018

All five museums decline to comment...

Four Women Accuse New York's Attorney General Of Physical Abuse
Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow, The New Yorker | NYer Schneiderman Story | May 8, 2018

Eric Schneiderman faces a #MeToo reckoning...

Will Tourism Ruin The Rainbow Mountain of Peru?
Iliana Magra and Andrea Zarate, The New York Times | Rainbow Mountain | May 7, 2018

At first glance the mountain seems Photoshopped...

The Nation's Cartoonists On The Week In Politics
Politico Staff, Edited by Matt Wuerker | The Week In Editorial Cartoons | May 5, 2018

The best of this week's editorial cartoons, plucked from the Toonosphere...

The FBI Is In Crisis. It's Worse Than You Think
Eric Lichtblau, Time Magazine | FBI In Crisis | May 3, 2018

Something really is wrong at the FBI...