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Brains, Book Sales, and Cautionary Tales: 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!

Wikileaks was supposed to transform journalism. But then its epic downfall began.

Foreign Policy | 7 min (1,660 words) 

What happens when a bunch of urban northerners descend on a book sale in the sweltering Texan heat? Larry McMurtry on his Archer City auction.

NYRB | 4 min (1,014 words)

Steve Jobs was a genius with a short temper. Ben Austen wonders whether he was an inspiration or cautionary tale.

Wired | 19 min (4,642 words)

This is your brain on football: a neuropathologist may be the sport’s only hope.

Grantland | 34 min (8,461 words)