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Hip-hop in the Arab Diaspora, the Art of Agitprop, and a Farewell to Gentility: 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!

There’s a right way to create ugly political art.
The New Criterion | 8 min (2,008 words)

Diaspora and dissent: rap in the Arab world.
Los Angeles Review of Books | 11 min (2,749 words)

The end of the English gentleman: why the appearance of nobility is a political handicap.
Standpoint | 8 min (1,984 words)

Istanbul may not be Turkey's capital, but today it matters more than ever.
The American Prospect | 7 min (1,656 words)