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!

Martin Amis in America: The British writer battles his demons abroad.

Smithsonian Magazine | 10 min (2,585 words)

Christopher R. Beha on the art of the sentence—which is far simpler than you might think.

The Millions | 12 min (2,949 words)

Books with a body: How is the significance of the book as physical object changing in the digital world? 

Open Letters Monthly | 7 min (1,779 words)

ESPN earns one out of every four dollars earned by cable stations in America. What is the key to its success?

Bloomberg BusinessWeek | 21 min (5,142 words)