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!

Ultra-orthodox women’s lit is on the rise. Who are the women behind it?

Tablet | 7 min (1,686 words)

The cult of busyness: Does working hard make us less productive?

New Statesman | 4 min (1,019 words)

Michel Houellebecq’s novels are apocalyptic and pornographic. They can also, often, be boring.

Boston Review | 11 min (2,872 words)

Italy’s youth crisis: How a generation of Italians is fleeing the country in search of better economic prospects.

Spiegel Online | 12 min (2,964 words)