The New Republic Staff

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?

Brains, Book Sales, and Cautionary Tales: Today’s TNR Reader
August 22, 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! Wikileaks was supposed to transform journalism. But then its epic downfall began. Foreign Policy | 7 min (1,660 words)  What happens when a bunch of urban northerners descend on a book sale in the sweltering Texan heat? Larry McMurtry on his Archer City auction. NYRB | 4 min (1,014 words) Steve Jobs was a genius with a short temper.

Nebbishes, Xenophobes, and the Super Collider That Was Never Built: Today’s TNR Reader
August 21, 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! Collision course: How a Texan physicist almost discovered the God Particle.

Mormons in Kosovo, Geopolitics at the Olympics, and the Value of Harsh Criticism: Today's TNR Reader
August 17, 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! Mormon missionaries in Kosovo: a new and curious addition to a complicated religious landscape. Religion and Politics | 6 min (1,435 words) You can view the Olympics as a thrilling athletic spectacle.

Literary Fakes, Ugly Buildings, and Secret Drones: Today's TNR Reader
August 16, 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!  Quantitative approaches to the humanities are in. But will they ruin the arts?  Scientific American | 8 min (1,934 words) The Literary Fake: Is fiction that pretends to be true a harmless rhetorical game, or something darker?  New Haven Review | 37 min (9,178 words) Chicago is America’s first architectural city.

Pencils, Prisoners, and Lonely Planet: Today's TNR Reader
August 15, 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! Eraserhead: A brief history of our messy, affectionate relationship with the pencil eraser. The New Yorker | 3 min (834 words) Lonely Planet is the guidebook of choice for lefty backpackers.

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