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!

Whats wrong with Hollywood? Could Malcolm X even get made today? Spike Lee has some answers.

NYMag | 24 min 6,037 words)

Morocco has corruption, a crooked royal family, and economic problems. Why hasn't the Arab Spring shaken the place up? 

NYRB | 11 min (2,715 words)

Mavis Gallant's books have much to teach the modern reader. Her life offers a different lesson: beware literary agents!

The New Yorker  | 10 min (2,550 words) 

Let the good times roll: Hanging with Paul Krugman in Europe.

LRB | 4 min (1,117 words)