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!

How Haruki Murakami created the myth of his own originality.

Threepenny Review | 13 min (3,205 words)

Is the West witnessing a rise in anti-Muslim bigotry? An interview with Martha Nussbaum. 

Boston Review | 12 min (2,974 words)

Could an Obama victory save American labor? Don’t count on it. 

Dissent | 12 min (2,959 words) 

Europes most famous philosopher is optimistic about the fate of his continent. Others, however, are less bullish.

The Nation| 12min (2,946 words)