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Literary Fakes, Ugly Buildings, and Secret Drones: Today's TNR Reader

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! 

Quantitative approaches to the humanities are in. But will they ruin the arts? 

Scientific American | 8 min (1,934 words)

The Literary Fake: Is fiction that pretends to be true a harmless rhetorical game, or something darker? 

New Haven Review | 37 min (9,178 words)

Chicago is America’s first architectural city. Can its beloved ugly duckling, Bertrand Goldberg’s concrete clover, be saved?

Vanity Fair | 4 min (949 words)

In Africa, the war of man versus machine has already begun. In America’s secret drone war, David Axe writes, we are on the side of the machines.

Wired | 12 min (2,919 words)