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Brijit Index for 18 Dec 2007

In Brijit Index on Tuesday, 18 December 2007 at 12:53

The Brijit Index is a weekly report on the most popular print, broadcast and online features from www.brijit.com, culled from 100 of the world’s best and most trusted sources. The Brijit Index reflects the choices of Brijit’s growing community of smart readers and writers, and spotlights the most popular pieces from the past seven days.

1 Journey Into Night by David Sedaris, The New Yorker, 17 Dec 2007 — Sedaris recounts a recent transatlantic flight in “Business Elite Class,” where he wrestles with his discomfort over his privilege, panics over how to deal with a seatmate mourning the loss of his mother, and finally summons the courage to ask for more ice cream. Musings, memories, pangs of nostalgia, and some of the most poignant flatulence humor to ever grace the pages of The New Yorker.

2 Let It Die: 23 Songs That Should Never Be Covered Again, A.V. Club, 10 Dec 2007 — Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but does anyone need to hear another American Idol contestant belting out Respect? That question, among others, is pondered by the snarky authors, who share 23 abused rock, R&B, and country tracks that should enter retirement, barring seriously novel interpretation.

3 Everyone’s Poop by Nate Blakeslee, Texas Monthly, December 2007 — This scatological feature has more to offer than just a catchy title. Blakeslee takes on the role of sewage anthropologist for a day as he rides along with one of Austin Water Utility’s team as it performs a pipeline “colonoscopy,” relieving a woman of two rooms full of waste. Refreshingly informative and not at all vulgar.

4 Marrying for Love … of Money by Robert Frank, The Wall Street Journal, 14 Dec 2007

5 Busting Out by Sarah Hepola, Salon, 10 Dec 2007

6 Waropoly: How History’s Most Popular Board Game Helped Defend the Free World by Brian McMahon, Mental Floss, November/December 2007

7 NFL Meteorologists Warn Steaming Black-Guy Heads Occurring Later Every Year, The Onion, 6 Dec 2007

8 Bless This Bottled Water by Lisa Miller, Newsweek, 17 Dec 2007

9 A Tale of Two Giulianis by Michael Shnayerson, Vanity Fair, January 2008

10 The Huckabee Factor by Zev Chafets, The New York Times Magazine, 12 Dec 2007

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Brijit Index for 11 Dec 2007

In Brijit Index on Tuesday, 11 December 2007 at 17:29

The Brijit Index is a weekly report on the most popular print, broadcast and online features from www.brijit.com, culled from 100 of the world’s best and most trusted sources. The Brijit Index reflects the choices of Brijit’s growing community of smart readers and writers, and spotlights the most popular pieces from the past seven days.

1 How America Lost the War on Drugs by Ben Wallis-Wells, Rolling Stone, 13 Dec 2007 — A long, hard chronicle of the US government’s ailing war on drugs, from the battlefields of Vietnam to today’s Iraq-style mess of face-saving politics, where “victory seems not only unattainable but somehow beside the point.” Extensive, detailed, and eminently level-headed.

2 Edge of Reason by David Fleming, ESPN the Magazine, 3 Dec 2007 — Dropping from the top slot in last week’s Brijit Index, we learn how the Tennessee Titans take risks other teams are scared to, starting with drafting star quarterback Vince Young and continuing with coach Jeff Fisher’s nothing-to-lose play-calling. Altogether, this package will help you see an entirely new dimension of America’s Sunday obsession.

3 Understanding Geeks by Adam Bluestein, Inc., December 2007 — Don’t know how to talk to the in-house geek squad? Don’t understand their obsession with Star Wars? Bluestein offers a humorous guide to managing, befriending, and understanding the company techies. Respect, reverence, and shiny gadgets should keep things ticking along, but never, ever touch their stuff.

4 Making Relationships Work by John M. Gottman, Harvard Business Review, December 2007

5 The Kindness of Strangers by Robin Fox, Harper’s, November 2007

6 The Littlest Hustler by Geoffrey Gray, New York, 10 Dec 2007

7 Shadowy Path May Lead to Treasure by Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times, 5 Dec 2007

8 Stanford Mystery: Who’s the Old Guy in the White Nikes? by Nicholas Casey, The Wall Street Journal, 3 Dec 2007

9 Calling Evel Knievel by Joshua Seftel, Salon, 5 Dec 2007

10 What Every Leader Needs to Know About Followers by Barbara Kellerman, Harvard Business Review, December 2007

Brijit is now covering 100 sources!

In editorial on Tuesday, 11 December 2007 at 17:05

We’re psyched to add 15 new sources to Brijit, bringing our total number of sources to 100. With these new additions, more than 25 percent of the sources covered are now non-print (i.e. broadcast- or Web-native).

Here’s the list of new additions. As always, we appreciate any and all suggestions and comments.

— AARP The Magazine
— Details
— Entertainment Weekly
— ESPN
— “Fox News Sunday”
— “Fresh Air”
— Gawker
— Huffington Post
— Mental Floss
— Premiere
— “Sunday Morning” (CBS)
— “Talk of the Nation”
— “Tavis Smiley”
— TechCrunch
— Texas Monthly

Brijit Index for 4 Dec 2007

In Brijit Index on Tuesday, 4 December 2007 at 17:41

The Brijit Index is a weekly report on the most popular print, broadcast and online features from www.brijit.com, culled from more than 75 of the world’s best and most trusted sources. The Brijit Index reflects the choices of Brijit’s growing community of smart readers and writers, and spotlights the most popular pieces from the past seven days.

1 Edge of Reason by David Fleming, ESPN the Magazine, 3 Dec 2007 — The Tennessee Titans take risks other teams are scared to, starting with drafting star quarterback Vince Young and continuing with coach Jeff Fisher’s nothing-to-lose play-calling. Altogether, this package will help you see an entirely new dimension of America’s Sunday obsession.

2 Chairlifts Are for Sissies by Josh Dean, The New York Times Magazine, 27 Oct 2007 — In the Brijit Index for the third consecutive week, this piece focuses on the sport of heliboarding, in which snowboarders can explore entire mountain ranges via helicopter. Dean details his first experience in the snowy realm and inspires confidence as his initial apprehension fades and he rides with relative ease and comfort.

3 Marseille’s Ethnic Bouillabaisse by Andrew Purvis, Smithsonian, December 2007 — From civic cooperation to unemployment-reducing tax incentives to soccer worship, Purvis catalogs how this historic city, with its mix of Muslims, Jews and Christians, could be a model for an expanding Europe. It’s a natural narrative about this diverse and surprisingly peaceful city.

4 My Favorite Nut Job by Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone, 29 Nov 2007

5 Primer: The Coen Brothers, A.V. Club, 30 Nov 2007

6 The Kindness of Strangers by Robin Fox, Harper’s, November 2007

7 23AndMe Will Decode Your DNA for $1,000. Welcome to the Age of Genomics by Thomas Goetz, Wired, December 2007

8 On These Planes, In-Flight Service Is Super-Secret by Susan Carey, The Wall Street Journal, 28 Nov 2007

9 Darwin’s Surprise by Michael Specter, The New Yorker, 3 Dec 2007

10 What Every Leader Needs to Know About Followers by Barbara Kellerman, Harvard Business Review, December 2007