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Life on Earth, Life on Mars, and General Butt Naked: Today's TNR Reader
August 09, 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 gods of Autocorrect are impish and fickle. What weird magic turns “Capistrano” into “campus tramp”? New York Times | 4 min (1,015 words) NASA’s new rover is busy hunting for life on Mars. But it can also tell us a lot about our own planet’s climate. Mother Jones | 3 min (634 words) The warlord General Butt Naked saw an apparition of Jesus and became an evangelical minister.

Sex and Birth, Volcanoes and Religion, Drawings and Death: Today's TNR Reader
August 08, 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 Edward Gorey’s drawings, a macabre imagination meets a whimsical spirit. NYRB | 9 min (2,163 words) Novelists love writing about sex.

From the Archives: Robert Hughes on the Twilight of American Art
August 07, 2012

Robert Hughes—a cultural critic of great intelligence and influence—died yesterday in a hospital in the Bronx. An outspoken adversary of all that was glib and derivative in late-twentieth century art, Hughes didn’t shy away from his reputation as an elitist. But he believed in the power of art, privileging its social import over any monetary valuation.

Poetry and Law, God and Food, Man and Myth: Today's TNR Reader
August 07, 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! Usain Bolt is part man, part myth. And his outsized fame may be his greatest feat of all. Spiegel Online | 12 min (3,038 words) God and Graham crackers: The surprising religious roots of American foodie-ism. Religion and Politics | 9 min (2,148 words) Joe Arpaio has branded himself as America’s meanest sheriff.

The Birth of Antiperspirant, The Roots of Consciousness, and the Civilian Military Split: Today’s TNR Reader
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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