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Poorly-parented pupils, Kofi Annan's model morality, and dying jazz: 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 are American students doing so poorly? Blame the parents.
The Nation | 10 min (2,553 words)

Why is the world convinced of the perfect morality of Kofi Annan?
The New York Review of Books | 13 min (3,140 words)

The hungry ego: Adam Kirsch on why vanity is the writer's nagging, eternal plague.
Poetry | 14 min (3,584 words)

Jazz is dying. How did this vibrant, lively art become a relic?
The Atlantic | 7 min (1,804 words)