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!

William Faulkner’s boldest attempt to tackle race, writes John Jeremiah Sullivan, somehow managed to dramatize a changing historical consciousness.

New York Times | 13 min (3,183 words)

A new Polish account of the Holocaust has not only sparked the interest of historians. It has also managed to unsettle an entire country.

Chronicle of Higher Education | 3 min (1,734 words)

Welcome to Bangalore: How the history of booze explains the life of a great city.

Caravan Magazine | 43 min (10,766 words) 

A strange twist: The "adolescent stutters" of Italo Calvino’s wartime experience were key contributors to his later literary genius.

Times Literary Supplement | 9 min (2,198 words)