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!

How Hillary Mantel revolutionized historical fiction.
The New Yorker | 40 min (9,950 words)

Go big or go home: A pool salesman and the downsized American dream.
The Washington Post | 24 min (6,015 words)

Tim Burton used to be the dark prince of the American cultural imagination. What went wrong? 
Grantland | 14 min (3,599 words)

To the ends of Google earth: One man’s search for home.
Vanity Fair | 20 min (5,079 words)