Is this the end of the Puerto Rican dream?
Narrative ■ As bad as things look now for this hurricane-devastated United States territory, the prospect is that they’ll only get worse as it seems increasingly farther away from the mother country in interest, possibilities and presumably willingness to support. Maria may become only the latest if not the last blow.
The most powerful woman in the world of unstable men
Narrative ■ This too was a last-minute addition to the menu. The timing was propelled by the imminence of Andrea Merkel’s reelection in Germany, and the increasing need for world leadership to make up for the deficiences at home.
The last thing standing between you and nuclear war
Narrative ■ This story, too, was included as part and parcel of the apocalyptic nature of so much of this week’s reporting, which we confess to taking seriously. It has to do with the women manning one of our last lines of defense, upon which we never thought to rely.
Flying coach is so cramped it could be a death trap
Narrative ■ It may seem a wrenching change of pace to turn from calamity to creature comfort, but there’s real reason to think about so ordinary an event as a trip in the coach section of an airliner. Read on.
U.S. middle-class incomes reached highest level ever
Narrative ■ This report of middle-class incomes would seem far more pedestrian if it didn’t represent how unlikely they are to get larger. Oh, and that, adjusted for inflation, the latest peak of $59,039 in 2016 was worth about $38,476 in 1996.
The five most important things about Apple’s iPhone X
Narrative ■ Technology always finds a way to trump the ace of our attention, as would seem to be the case with Apple’s newest inventory, which may be worth further consideration by those less likely to be interested.
Aung San Suu Kyi, the ignoble laureate
Narrative ■ For those to whom Aung San Suu Kyi is a name of some consequence — not to mention being a Nobel laureate — we offer this latest appraisal of the controversial woman who has emerged as the political leader of Myanmar.
Returns to Star Wars, Blade Runner, and Indiana Jones
Narrative ■ There’s always something heroic — and always good copy — about Harrison Ford, on and off the screen. We chance being forgiven for exploiting his exploits still further