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Long Reads That Stand the Test of Time

Discover 25 classic long reads, all saved and beloved by the Pocket community over the past 10 years.

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Still Life (2009)

Skip Hollandsworth
Texas Monthly

In 1973, the whole country was gripped by the tragic story of John McClamrock, a high school football player paralyzed during a violent tackle. But after the newspapers moved on, another story was quietly unfolding, one of courage, perseverance, and a mother’s fierce love.

Obama’s Way (2012)

Michael Lewis
Vanity Fair

To understand how air-force navigator Tyler Stark ended up in a thornbush in the Libyan desert in March 2011, one must understand what it’s like to be president of the United States—and this president in particular. Hanging around Barack Obama for six months, in the White House, aboard Air Force One, and on the basketball court, Michael Lewis learns the reality of the Nobel Peace Prize winner who sent Stark into combat.

Diamonds Are Bullshit (2013)

Rohin Dhar

Let’s agree that diamonds are bullshit and reject their role in the marriage process. Let’s admit that as a society we got tricked for about century into coveting sparkling pieces of carbon, but it’s time to end the nonsense.

The Case for Reparations (2014)

Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Atlantic

Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.

What Is Code? (2015)

Paul Ford

Software has been around since the 1940s. Which means that people have been faking their way through meetings about software, and the code that builds it, for generations.

Among the Insurrectionists (2021)

Luke Mogelson
The New Yorker

The Capitol was breached by Trump supporters who had been declaring, at rally after rally, that they would go to violent lengths to keep the President in power. A chronicle of an attack foretold.