The New Republic Staff

Fighting Depression, a Strange New Science, and the Beauty of Brutalism: Today’s TNR Reader
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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
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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
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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.

Ballard’s Genius, Amazon’s Takeover, and Dinner with Michael Keaton: Today’s TNR Reader
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July 20, 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! Victor Serge had an advantage over other believing communists. He managed to see through Stalin right away New Statesmen | 5 min 1313 words) Amazon’s same-day delivery sounds appealing. It might also destroy your local retailers.  Slate | 5 min (1,342 words) Dining with movie stars: Michael Keaton as meal companion. Grantland  | 37 min (9,235 words)  J.G.

Duplicitous Agents, Hollywood’s Problems, and Paul Krugman’s European Trip: Today’s TNR Reader
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July 19, 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! What’s wrong with Hollywood? Could Malcolm X even get made today? Spike Lee has some answers. NYMag | 24 min 6,037 words) Morocco has corruption, a crooked royal family, and economic problems. Why hasn't the Arab Spring shaken the place up?  NYRB | 11 min (2,715 words) Mavis Gallant's books have much to teach the modern reader.

Caro’s Johnson, Caste Conflict, and a Missed Infection : Today’s TNR Reader
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July 18, 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 best to define the 21st century world? Here's one way: Everything is for sale. Times Literary Supplement | 17 min (4,302 words) What a suicide at an Indian college reveals about class, caste, and the fight over inequality.  Caravan Magazine | 32 min (7,999 words) Twelve-year-old Rory Staunton fell in gym class and cut his leg. Two days and two doctor’s visits later, he was dead from sepsis.

Rachel Maddow’s War, the New Travel Memoir, and the Failure of Hip-Hop: Today’s TNR Reader
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July 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! In a culture of blurbs and bytes, Katharine Boo’s pieces keep getting longer. The art of deep reporting is her calling. Columbia Journalism Review | 6 min (1,403 words) Rachel Maddow never aims for partisan anger on her show. The war she fights on the air is with herself.  Rolling Stone | 22 min (5,483 words) The war on drugs helped birth hip-hop music.

Errol Flynn, Presidential Rankings, and the Power of Architecture: Today’s TNR Reader
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July 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! Errol Flynn was a high-flying, high-living movie star. But his recently discovered film about Cuba provides a window into his surprisingly political passions. Financial Times | 10 min (2,410 words) Race, gender, sex, history: Junot Díaz has a lot on his mind.  Boston Review | 9 min (2,229 words) As Colombia recovers from a horrific drug war, its biggest city is being rebuilt, albeit slowly.

Spider-Man, Crusaders, and Angry Young Men: Today’s TNR Reader
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July 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! Something new from an old master: A short story by Elmore Leanord. The Atlantic | 9 min (2,276 words) Spider-Man. Again. And Again. Why Hollywood keeps making the same movie.  Grantland | 6 min (1,433 words) Everyone fears a return to the 1930s. Especially in Europe.

Erotic Fiction, Asian Values, and the Future of Afghanistan: Today’s TNR Reader
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July 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! The problem with S&M literature is that it is too often written by the sadists. Hence the success of Fifty Shades of Grey. The Guardian | 5 min (1,276 words) As Europe teeters, Asian intellectuals and politicians have turned to so-called “Asian Values.” They should be careful what they wish for.  Bloomberg BusinessWeek | 5 min (1,161 words) Why does the world exist?

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