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Ballard’s Genius, Amazon’s Takeover, and Dinner with Michael Keaton: Today’s TNR Reader

Editor’s Note: Well 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!

Victor Serge had an advantage over other believing communists. He managed to see through Stalin right away

New Statesmen | 5 min 1313 words)

Amazon’s same-day delivery sounds appealing. It might also destroy your local retailers

Slate | 5 min (1,342 words)

Dining with movie stars: Michael Keaton as meal companion.

Grantland  | 37 min (9,235 words) 

J.G. Ballard’s genius, writes Martin Amis, lay in his ability to fictionalize the perverse.

The Guardian | 6 min (1,496 words)