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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.

Cambodian Cover-Ups, Witches’ Allure, and the Founding of Saudi Arabia: Today’s TNR Reader
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
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
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
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?

Fighting Depression, a Strange New Science, and the Beauty of Brutalism: Today’s TNR Reader
July 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! Kyle McDonald installed spy software in Apple store computers to photograph unwitting faces. Then the secret service tracked him down.

Habermas’ Optimism, Murakami’s Blandness, and the Death of American Labor: Today’s TNR Reader
July 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! How Haruki Murakami created the myth of his own originality. Threepenny Review | 13 min (3,205 words) Is the West witnessing a rise in anti-Muslim bigotry? An interview with Martha Nussbaum.  Boston Review | 12 min (2,974 words) Could an Obama victory save American labor? Don’t count on it.  Dissent | 12 min (2,959 words)  Europe’s most famous philosopher is optimistic about the fate of his continent.

May 20, 1971
July 23, 2012

  Comment“Bombing for Peace, All Boyle’s Trials, No Place to Live, Bus Learning, White Men Only, ’72 Campaign”“Washington Wire” by T. R. B. “The New Escalation in Vietnam” by Hans J. Morgenthau “The Nixon Watch: At the Brink” by John Osborne “War with China?” by Allen S. Whiting “Developing Our Rural Colonies” by Geoffrey Faux “Care You Can’t Buy” by Robert W. Dietsch “The Delegate Scramble” by Paul R.

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