Editor’s Note: Well 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!

Who is Boris Johnson? A practical joker? An out-and-out joke? The next prime minister? Or all of the above? 

The New Republic | 5 min (1,272 words)

Is Ralph Nader still a hero? Ron Rosenbaum thinks so ... as long as Nader steers clear of a presidential run.

Slate | 9 min (2,189 words)

Historians and spectators love to romanticize the ancient Olympics. Too bad they were full of logistical headaches and corruption.

The Guardian | 14 min (3,492 words) 

Susan Sontag’s diaries reveal, above all, her ability to think against herself. Not everyone has such a gift.

Los Angeles Review of Books | 12 min (3,025 words)