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!

In Edward Gorey’s drawings, a macabre imagination meets a whimsical spirit.

NYRB | 9 min (2,163 words)

Novelists love writing about sex. But where are all the birth scenes?

The Guardian | 4 min (969 words)

After Wounded Knee: A history of hardship and resilience on the Oglala Lakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation.

National Geographic | 16 min (4,068 words)

Mountains and mysticism: Islam, politics, and power in the shadow of Indonesia’s most active volcano.

Killing the Buddha | 9 min (2,336 words)