Here's a rough draft of what I'm thinking the new layout will look like. This is just a representation of one featured article on the site. What I'm excited about is that I can write a script that does this all automatically. So, if I had uploaded the screenshot shown in the image below, my server would have taken that screenshot and created this entire text article preview from it.
A preview of what the new article preview layout will look like
This is probably a little ways off from what the final design will be, but it's definitely a move in the right direction.