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Charles Darwin's Clumsy Prose and Paul Fussell's Legacy: Today's TNR Reader

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!

Darwin's work was compassionate, humble, and full of his excitement for the world. But could he actually write an English sentence?

Times Literary Supplement | 5 min (1, 258 words)

The year is 1863. You are a newly liberated slave. And what you are facing, instead of freedom, is a public health catastrophe.

New York Times | 5 min (1, 144 words)

Remembering Paul Fussell, the man who showed us that thinking about war was necessary for citizens as well as politicians.

Chronicle of Higher Education | 5 min (1, 332 words)

The upcoming healthcare decision, argues Dahlia Lithwick, will show us whether conservative jurisprudence is more concerned with ideology or with destroying liberalism.

Bookforum | 7 min (1, 768 words)