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The Birth of Antiperspirant, The Roots of Consciousness, and the Civilian Military Split: Today’s TNR Reader
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August 06, 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 odor: Just how bad did Americans smell before Edna Murphey brought us antiperspirant? Smithsonian Magazine | 8 min (1,985 words) Could Germany’s circumcision ban be the worst attack on Jewish life since the Holocaust? Dissent | 9 min (2,233 words) Mutual Assured Ignorance: Can the Pentagon and the State Department ever work together effectively?

Televison’s Diversity Problem, Where Memes Meet Politics, and An Exploration of LSD: Today’s TNR Reader
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August 03, 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! Diversity on television is a tricky business. And it all starts with the casting notice. Slate | 11 min (2,730 words) For Tolkien, science was always a kind of dark magic. But why can’t technology in fantasy be a force for good? The Atlantic | 4 min (1,078 words) Is LSD a danger to mankind or the key to enlightenment?

The New Fast Food, Cheating with Genetics, and Mormonism’s Love for Jews: Today’s TNR Reader
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August 02, 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! Survival of the fittest: Do Olympic athletes stand to benefit from gene-doping? Scientific American | 9 min (2306 words) In Palo Alto, former McDonalds executives are serving organic brussels sprouts and biodynamic wine. Is this the new fast food? Wired | 13 min (3,271 words) In finance, tampering with the numbers is not just grounds for a scandal.

From the Archives: Alfred Kazin on Gore Vidal
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August 01, 2012

Gore Vidal passed away yesterday at the age of 86. In this 1992 review of his works, Alfred Kazin parses Vidal's views on politics, history, and religion.

The Cynical Rise of Vladmir Putin, The Fight Against Child Pornography, and a Quantitative Approach to the Olympics: Today’s TNR Reader
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August 01, 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! Who would be on the Olympic podiums if we looked at GDP, population, or team size? A team of statisticians breaks it down. The Guardian | 4 min (953 words) Putin rose to power after Russian democracy was exposed as a sham. His governing ideology?

Veep Vetting, Al Qaeda’s Comeback, and a Look at the Online Arms Trade: Today’s TNR Reader
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July 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! In a post-Palin world, vetting the Veep has become the most invasive process in politics. GQ | 19 min (4,863 words) Looking for an AK-47 or a Bushmaster M4 assault rifle? Welcome to the web’s darkest black market.

Cambodian Cover-Ups, Witches’ Allure, and the Founding of Saudi Arabia: Today’s TNR Reader
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July 30, 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! Ibn Saud managed to combine a Bedouin ethos with Wahhabi Islam. The result: Saudi Arabia. The National Interest | 15 min (3,745 words) A crime and a disgrace: The Khmer Rouge trials bog down in politics and cover-ups. NYRB | 15 min (3,704 words) Washington, D.C. is awash in wonkery and think tanks. What’s missing?

Churchill in Print, the Psychology of Occupation, and Starbucks to the Rescue: Today’s TNR Reader
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July 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! If you want to understand Winston Churchill’s defiance, cheekiness, and brilliance, you must turn to his writing. Times Literary Supplement | 11 min (2,767 words) Life at a checkpoint: An exploration of the psychological costs of occupation. Boston Review | 23 min (5,694 words) Another mediocre biography of James Joyce has arrived.

Evading Taxes, the Library Revolution, and a Conversation with John Updike: Today’s TNR Reader
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July 26, 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! Talk isn’t cheap: A conversation with John Updike about the mysteries of existence. Slate | 11 min (2,698 words) The Bookless Library: Welcome to the next technological revolution.  The New Republic | 8 min (5,093 words) How easy is it to open a low-tax, foreign bank account? You might be surprised...

Why Writers Write, Partition’s Villains, and a Serious Inquiry into TomKat: Today’s TNR Reader
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July 25, 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! Was Katie Holmes the victim of Scientology's strange traditions? Was Tom Cruise blindsided? An very serious inquiry into their very public marriage. NYMag | 21 min (5131 words) Just hold on a second: the awesome power of the television cliffhanger.  The New Yorker | 14 min (3,572 words) Why do writers write? For money? For fame? For inner peace?

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