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Louis CK, Extreme Meditation, and the Origins of @: 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!

Why is Louie such a remarkable show? Because it makes stand-up cinematic.

NYMag | 6 min (1,601 words)

Extreme meditation is supposed to free the mind. But Michael Finkel finds it to be a kind of quiet hell.

Men’s Journal | 22 min (5,399 words)

If the era of the weekly newsmagazine is over, why does The Economist continue to flourish?

The National Interest | 17 min (4,138 words)

Out of the shadows and into the Twitter handle: How the @ sign became the symbol of the Internet age.

Smithsonian Magazine | 2 min (593 words)