The New Republic Staff

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.

Ballard’s Genius, Amazon’s Takeover, and Dinner with Michael Keaton: Today’s TNR Reader
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
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
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
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.

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