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.