Mr. Musk said he didn’t regret abruptly announcing on Twitter that he hoped to convert the electric-car maker into a private company. The declaration sent Tesla’s shares soaring but also started a federal investigation and angered the company’s board.
• “There were times when I didn’t leave the factory for three or four days,” Mr. Musk said, adding, “But from a personal pain standpoint, the worst is yet to come.” Here are five takeaways from the interview.
Paying respect to the “Queen of Soul”
• Aretha Franklin took a love song by Otis Redding, “Respect,” and turned it into one of the most empowering popular recordings ever made.
“Nothing that’s over so soon should give you that much strength,” our critic writes. “But that was Aretha Franklin: a quick trip to the emotional gym.”
Ms. Franklin died on Thursday at the age of 76. Her storied musical career had its roots in gospel but expanded into soul, R&B, pop and opera. Read her obituary.
She placed more than 100 singles in the Billboard charts, received 18 competitive Grammy Awards, and was the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
• President Trump said on Thursday that he had revoked the security clearance of John Brennan, the former C.I.A. director, because he was part of what Mr. Trump has called the “sham” Russia investigation.
Law enforcement officials, lawmakers and members of the intelligence community said the president’s retaliation against one of his critics could have a chilling effect on U.S. law enforcement and intelligence officers. Read more here.
• And the military parade ordered up by Mr. Trump and planned for Veterans Day could be postponed until next year, the Pentagon announced on Thursday. The decision came after Defense Department officials said the event could cost more than $90 million, at least three times more than previous estimates.
On TV, a new series from Matt Groening, the creator of “The Simpsons,” debuts on Netflix today. “Disenchantment,” a medieval fantasy satire, is completely different from what Mr. Groening has done before, our reviewer writes.
One of our art critics visited Los Angeles (and says, were he a young artist, he’d favor it over New York). He recommended three shows, including “one of the strongest and most cohesive biennials I’ve see anywhere in years” at the Hammer.
Tara Parker-Pope, a Times columnist, recommends this piece from Atlas Obscura: “I have always remembered reading a favorite children’s book that involved a dragon-like creature with a silly, whimsical name, but I’m stumped as to what the title was. Now Atlas Obscura tells the story of librarians who help solve mysteries like this and reunite readers with long-lost books.”
On Aug. 18, 1872, Aaron Montgomery Ward, a Chicago businessman, set in motion an idea that seemed humble at the time but would go on to shape the retail industry.
The catalog was popular with the largely rural population of the U.S., which suddenly gained access to everything from fur coats to washing machines. The success of Ward’s creation was driven, in part, by a more efficient postal service that had started delivering packages door to door.
The earliest reported catalogs appeared in Venice in the 1400s. In the 18th century, Benjamin Franklin used the mail order concept to sell books.
Catalogs from Montgomery Ward and another mail order pioneer, Sears, Roebuck and Company, started an industry that vied for a spot in mailboxes for decades.