Welcome to the first edition of our Weekend Reads series.

Every week, we will publish seven articles that made it among our Top Stories. Like you, we are voracious readers, craving for that extra bit of thought-provoking twist and careful use of words that make a great story. This is what we hope to pick for our readers every week.

Here are the seven stories we picked for you this week:

A Profession Is Not a Personality
Reducing yourself to any single characteristic, whether it be your title or your job performance, is a deeply damaging act.
Apple’s fortress of secrecy is crumbling from the inside
Employees want to be heard. Does the company want to listen?
Ladies and Gentlemen, Daniel Craig
At long last, the star of the James Bond franchise bids farewell to 007 with “No Time to Die” (and learns for the first time about his life as an internet meme).
Essay: The digital death of collecting
How platforms mess with our tastes.
Life After White-Collar Crime
Every week, fallen executives come together, seeking sympathy and a second act.
I Tried 30 Mustards This Summer. These Were the Best.
In 1975, James Beard ranked his 28 favorite mustards. Nearly 50 years later, I hunted them all down — and then some.
Why Is Every Young Person in America Watching ‘The Sopranos’?
The show’s new audience is also seeing something different in it: a parable about a country in terminal decline.

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