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What Happens When Sexting Chatbots Dump Their Human Lovers

Ellen Huet | Bloomberg Businessweek | March 22, 2023 | 1,805 words

“People who grew accustomed to sexting with Replika’s AI-powered companions were heartbroken when the company blocked its bots from engaging in racy chats.”


Anne Fadiman | Harper’s Magazine | February 10, 2023 | 5,816 words

“A year went by…Actually, maybe seventeen, but I will err on the side of caution because I don’t want to risk even a whiff of amphibian résumé inflation.”

Welcome to the No-Budget Era

Max Cea | Esquire | March 21, 2023 | 3,811 words

“Film’s unlikely hope? A quirky, brilliant wave of directors churning out microbudget features that are pushing what’s possible with minuscule funding.”

In Search of Lost Time

Tom Vanderbilt | Harper’s Magazine | March 20, 2023 | 5,339 words

“The science of the perfect second.”

The Making of Tom Wambsgans

Alan Siegel | The Ringer | March 21, 2023 | 5,076 words

“Before the final season of ‘Succession,’ Matthew Macfadyen and others explain the creation and expansion of the show’s most unlikely power player.”

George Saunders on Writing

Sumanth Prabhaker | Orion Magazine | November 1, 2022 | 2,059 words

“The short story, I’m learning, can do anything.”

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This week’s edition highlights stories by Meg O’Connor, Lacy M. Johnson, Ryan Hockensmith, Greg Donahue, and Charles Russo.

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This edition features stories from Maurice Chammah, Benoît Morenne, Amanda Gefter, Jane Miller, and Cheryl Katz.

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

This edition features stories from Elizabeth Whitman, David Grann, Jack Stilgoe, Gloria Liu, and Tony Rehagen.

The Lengths We’ll Go

Jenny Tinghui Zhang | Texas Highways | February 28, 2023 | 2,782 words

“A family stays connected on the road.”

I Can Feel God’s Presence in This Portable Toilet

Harrison Scott Key | The Bitter Southerner | March 14, 2023 | 5,200 words

“Harrison Scott Key invites us all to experience the joy, chaos — and, at times, horror — of St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah.”

Hip-Hop at Fifty: An Elegy

Jelani Cobb | The New Yorker | March 16, 2023 | 2,221 words

“A generation is still dying younger than it should—this time, of ‘natural causes.’”

Crimes of the Centuries

Greg Donahue | New York | February 13, 2023 | 5,058 words

“Tomb raiders, crooked art dealers, and museum curators fed Michael Steinhardt’s addiction to antiquities.”

Beyond Borders

Adam Shatz | London Review of Books | February 16, 2023 | 4,595 words

“Everything a man keeps on himself, in cases of capture, can save his life.”


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