Boston Review

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! Ultra-orthodox women’s lit is on the rise. Who are the women behind it? Tablet | 7 min (1,686 words) The cult of busyness: Does working hard make us less productive? New Statesman | 4 min (1,019 words) Michel Houellebecq’s novels are apocalyptic and pornographic.

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 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.

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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 value of art: Claude Lanzmann may be pompous and insufferable. But he also made Shoah, so nothing else really matters.  The Nation | 31 min (7,717 words) All the President’s drones: Looking at Obama’s favorite military tactic through the prism of Just War Theory.  Boston Review | 19 min (4,853 words) Joe Eszterhas went to work for Mel Gibson, hoping to making a movie.

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Most political activists can point to one catalyzing event, an episode in each of their lives (or, more often, in the life of their country) that shook them from their complacency and roused them to change the world. You can find many such stories if you troll through the netroots, the online community of liberal bloggers that has quickly become a formidable constituency in Democratic politics. But the episode that seems to come up most often is the Florida recount.

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