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Jack hadn’t received performance feedback in years. When it finally arrived it came with a kick to the gut.

Earlier this week, Politico published a bonkers story about Solomon Lartey and Reginald Young Jr., two former “records management analysts” in the White House whose $65,000-a-year jobs entailed preserving the president’s memos, letters, emails and papers for the National Archives. But under Trump, Politico reported, part of their job became Scotch-taping papers back together that Trump had torn into pieces, an “odd and enduring habit” of the president’s that some have described as his “unofficial ‘filing system.’ ”

It’s a given: Though most of us love to eat, not all of us love to cook. And somehow that burger or salad we make at home isn’t always quite as appetizing as the one we order at our favorite restaurant. Thanks to those who work in the food-service industry, we’re able to enjoy the experience, head home with a full belly, relax and not worry about who’s going to do the dishes.

Laurene Powell Jobs — like the inventors and disrupters who were all around her — was thinking big. It was 2004, and she was an East Coast transplant — sprung from a cage in West Milford, NewJersey, as her musical idol Bruce Springsteen might put it — acclimating to the audacious sense of possibility suffusing the laboratories, garages and office parks of Silicon Valley.

The deaths of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade highlight a troubling trend — rising suicides among middle-aged Americans.

DANIEL GOLLNICK of Melrose, Wis., drives for a company that has him home each night. He used to drive a flatbed truck across the country, but his girlfriend didn’t like him being away so much. DONNA PENLAND of Houston decided to get her CDL 18 months ago after her boyfriend was laid off from his job and wanted to try trucking. The duo “team-drove” a truck, meaning they would trade off driving so the vehicle would be on the road almost 24 hours a day. They eventually broke up, but Penland continued driving on her own. Boris Strbac of Milwaukee is the manager of Star Trucking. He employs 35 drivers and is a former driver who has worked for other companies and on his own. LEE KLASS of Portland, Oregon, has been driving for four decades. He owns his truck now and does the jobs he wants. He says the real problem isn’t the shortage of drivers — it’s all the experienced drivers leaving.

While artists are expected to have a portfolio to show visual examples of their work. Other job seekers are seldom prepared to similarly show off their abilities or successes. Having one will provide separation from the competition during a job interview.

On a recent evening in St. Louis, the crowd at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis overflowed the room in which Amy Sherald was speaking, so late arrivals watched the artist talk on monitors in the atrium. It’s been a little over three months since Sherald, the artist who painted Michelle Obama’s official portrait for the National Portrait Gallery, became a public figure, admired and reviled according to the usual cleavages of race and culture that divide this country. But for an artist who confesses a “healthy amount of self-doubt,” she is poised, confident and funny when addressing a crowd of people who deeply appreciate what she has done for painting, for women, for the Obamas, and for the cause of African American artists.