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!

Crippling drought, soaring land prices: Is this the end of the cattle ranch as we know it?
Texas Monthly | 36 min (8,928 words)

Hacked: Why passwords can't protect us anymore.
Wired | 23 min (5,770 words)

How Ian McEwan became Britain's cultural historian.
Los Angeles Review of Books | 8 min (2,012 words)

Queen of Lowbrow: Whitney Cummings's crusade to be taken seriously.
New York | 10 min (2,596 words)