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Polyglots, the Liberal Media Conspiracy, and Books Written in DNA: 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!

Two decades ago, conservatives were railing against the liberal influence of Hollywood. Then they stopped. Jonathan Chait explains how the right lost the culture war.

NYMag | 16 min (4,024 words)

Genetic codex: Harvard scientists have written a book entirely in DNA.

The Guardian | 3 min (751 words)

Why learn other languages? Just ask Lydia Davis and David Bellos.

The New Yorker | 13 min (3,179 words)

Have consolidation and bureaucratization killed the labor movement?

Dissent | 7 min (1,793 words)