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Grantland Quarterly

Good writers (if we should say so ourselves) respect good writing. Grantland, one of our favorite publications, certainly in sports and culture if not in general, catches our eyes with intuition, integrity and irreverence. Print may be in bad shape, but it still feels right to hold good journalism between your fingers (your keyboard doesn’t…

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Briefings: Brisket’s Better Brother, Rolex, Chess Cheaters, the A Train and Festbier

The most important excerpt from this week’s Briefings, which we ask that you read if you have time for nothing else: “Perhaps more importantly, did you know that the 18th century Hungarian engineer, Wolfgang von Kempelen, made a phony mechanical chess master to woo Empress Maria Theresa Walburga Amalia Christina of Austria?” But you can’t…

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Daily Briefing: 1.31.2012

China May Never Match America’s Creative Muscle Fast Company Falling Mad Men Esquire ACL Field Trip: Mr Porters Office A Continuous Lean Con Artist Starred in Sting That Cost Google Millions WSJ Standout Films at Sundance 2012 Cool Hunting Day 31: Invest in Leather Valet A Visit with the Worst College Basketball Team in America…

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Daily Briefing: 10.28.2011

A Soldier’s Life in Afghanistan Totally Cool Pix Christmas Gifts for Men Art of Manliness Why We Will All Forget the NBA Lockout Grantland Disruptions: Fliers Must Turn Off Devices, but It’s Not Clear Why Bits NYTimes Red Scarlet, Canon C300, and the Paradox of Choice Prolost Great Mountains of the World: K2 Adventure Journal

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Daily Briefing: 11.15.2011

National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 Roundup The Atlantic One man, 100,000 toothpicks, and 35 years: An incredible kinetic sculpture of San Francisco This is Colossal Did Manny Pacquiao Just Become the Villain? Grantland Inside the Nest: iPod creator Tony Fadell wants to reinvent the thermostat The Verge Americans of the Year Esquire A Clear Explanation…

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Daily Briefing: 9.22.2011

How To Fix a Car Paint Scratch Popular Mechanics 100 Most Valuable Startups Business Insider Here is where Netflix screwed up this whole Qwikster thing SplatF Carpinteria, CA: Almost 100 Years of Burgers at The Spot Serious Eats / A Hamburger Today Video Games Killed the Video-Game Star (long read) Grantland (via Nick D.) What…