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The Top-Saved Long Reads of 2023 (So Far)

The Texas mom who stopped a serial killer, what happens to the stuff we return, and more.

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Read when you’ve got time to spare.

You may not have time to consume every season of prestige television, but here’s a simple goal to keep you primed for dinner party conversations: Stay up to date on the latest and best longform articles. Pocket readers have done the heavy lifting, identifying the pieces worth 10 (or more) minutes of your time.

Check back each week for new additions at the top, and save the stories that call out to you so they’ll show up in your own Pocket list. There, they’ll be available and primed for offline reading or listening the next time you have a blissfully free window of time. So whether you’re spending a cozy evening on the sofa or find yourself with unexpected stretch of time waiting for a late friend at lunch, dig into these long reads that will leave you feeling that you’ve spent your time and attention well.

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The Return of Ryan Gosling [25 min]

Zach Baron

From May 2023: The actor talks candidly about why he stepped away from Hollywood, why he’s thinking about movie-making differently now, and why he’s prioritizing the offscreen roles he plays in real life.

The Counteroffensive [29 min]

Jeffrey GoldbergAnne Applebaum
The Atlantic

From May 2023: The future of the democratic world will be determined by whether the Ukrainian military can break a stalemate with Russia and drive the country backwards—perhaps even out of Crimea for good.

I’m Never Fine [18 min]

Joseph Lezza

From April 2023: “As a proponent of transparency, especially one who stands in opposition to the demonization of feeling, I can’t—I won’t—use the word anymore.”

The Stupidity of AI [21 min]

James Bridle
The Guardian

From March 2023: Artificial intelligence in its current form is based on the wholesale appropriation of existing culture, and the notion that it is actually intelligent could be actively dangerous.

Extremely Hardcore [34 min]

Zoe SchifferCasey NewtonAlex Heath
The Verge

From January 2023: Twitter’s staff spent years trying to protect the social media site against impulsive billionaires who wanted to use the reach of its platform for their own ends, and then one made himself the CEO.