The New Republic Staff

Ping-pong, Big Brother, and Intergalactic Germs: Today’s TNR Reader
September 13, 2012

Editor’s Note: We’ll be running the article recommendations of our friends at TNR Reader each afternoon on The Plank, just in time to print out or save for your commute home. Enjoy! Why do the Chinese dominate at ping-pong? Chris Beam takes a stab at the country’s national pastime.GQ | 17 min (4,185 words) Germs and the galaxy: How NASA makes sure that we don’t accidentally colonize other planets.The Atlantic | 6 min (1,552 words) Poetry and sorcery: W.B. Yeats's career as a magician.Lapham's Quarterly | 14 min (3,464 words) Our surveillance keeps growing.

Libidinous Laws, Hacker Ethics, and the Jungle Girl: Today’s TNR Reader
September 12, 2012

Editor’s Note: We’ll be running the article recommendations of our friends at TNR Reader each afternoon on The Plank, just in time to print out or save for your commute home. Enjoy! Is our cultural obsession with tech prodigies making hackers into heroes?NYRB | 19 min (4,817 words) Nearly four decades ago, a child went missing in the jungle.

Mac’n’Cheese, Jargonese, and Disillusioned Homecomings: Today’s TNR Reader
September 10, 2012

Editor’s Note: We’ll be running the article recommendations of our friends at TNR Reader each afternoon on The Plank, just in time to print out or save for your commute home. Enjoy! Kraft in Canada: Mac and cheese and the Canadian psyche.Walrus Magazine |23 min (5,723 words) The Kashmiris who left to fight for their liberation are coming home. What happens next?Caravan Magazine |32 min (8,182 words) The weirdest kids’ show ever: “Adventure Time” is totally avant-garde but still totally relatable. The Guardian |4 min (931 words) Should academic-speak be subject to the red pen?

Books as Objects, Sentences as Art, and the Secret Behind an Eight-Million-Dollar Sports Empire: Today’s TNR Reader
September 05, 2012

Editor’s Note: We’ll be running the article recommendations of our friends at TNR Reader each afternoon on The Plank, just in time to print out or save for your commute home. Enjoy! Martin Amis in America: The British writer battles his demons abroad. Smithsonian Magazine | 10 min (2,585 words) Christopher R.

Robot Romney, Cutting Brains, and Britain’s Real-Life Men In Black: Today’s TNR Reader
September 04, 2012

Editor’s Note: We’ll be running the article recommendations of our friends at TNR Reader each afternoon on The Plank, just in time to print out or save for your commute home.

Quiet Rockers, Hypnotized Chickens, and Five-Star Reviews for Sale: Today’s TNR Reader
August 31, 2012

Editor’s Note: We’ll be running the article recommendations of our friends at TNR Reader each afternoon on The Plank, just in time to print out or save for your commute home. Enjoy! The end of Babel: Languages are endlessly diverse, but their evolution is not random. Prospect | 7 min (1,802 words) The band xx plays music so quiet, it’s radical.

Schools, Scholars, and Spending Like Beckham: Today’s TNR Reader
August 29, 2012

Editor’s Note: We’ll be running the article recommendations of our friends at TNR Reader each afternoon on The Plank, just in time to print out or save for your commute home. Enjoy! Jennifer Egan is not complaining about the death of the book from the sidelines. She is actively challenging such ideas with her work. Full Stop | 13 min (3,254 words) Don’t believe what you’ve heard about low-performing schools.

Louis CK, Extreme Meditation, and the Origins of @: Today’s TNR Reader
August 27, 2012

Editor’s Note: We’ll be running the article recommendations of our friends at TNR Reader each afternoon on The Plank, just in time to print out or save for your commute home. Enjoy! Why is Louie such a remarkable show? Because it makes stand-up cinematic. NYMag | 6 min (1,601 words) Extreme meditation is supposed to free the mind.

Melville in Israel, Chávez Interred, and a Postmodern Victorian: Today’s TNR Reader
August 24, 2012

Editor’s Note: We’ll be running the article recommendations of our friends at TNR Reader each afternoon on The Plank, just in time to print out or save for your commute home. Enjoy! Herman Melville went to Jerusalem in search of spiritual enlightenment.

Polyglots, the Liberal Media Conspiracy, and Books Written in DNA: Today’s TNR Reader
August 23, 2012

Editor’s Note: We’ll be running the article recommendations of our friends at TNR Reader each afternoon on The Plank, just in time to print out or save for your commute home. Enjoy! Two decades ago, conservatives were railing against the liberal influence of Hollywood. Then they stopped. Jonathan Chait explains how the right lost the culture war. NYMag | 16 min (4,024 words) Genetic codex: Harvard scientists have written a book entirely in DNA. The Guardian | 3 min (751 words) Why learn other languages?

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