October 21, 2016

TRUMP’S TOTAL MELTDOWN

“What is [Donald Trump’s] long-term play?” asked Joe Scarborough in a discussion on MSNBC of Alex Altman and Michael Scherer’s Oct. 24 cover story about the Republican candidate’s chaotic campaign. Although the answer remains unclear, Roberto Chavez of Arvada, Colo., “fully appreciated the candid, incisive and thorough analysis of Trump’s unparalleled state of affairs.” He, like many others, praised the cover illustration, an update of an August cover by Edel Rodriguez. On Twitter, Geno Carter noted that he “had to check” that the cover was real when he saw it. “Yes this is the new updated @TIME cover,” he wrote. “Bravo.” But some readers, like John Wilding of Hermann, Mo., found the focus on Trump unfair. “Are you going to run two covers of Hillary Clinton’s meltdowns?”

THE ISSUES

Bob Buchanan of Fredericksburg, Va., called our package of articles on the issues at stake in the election “required reading” and praised it for presenting so many “pressing” topics “clearly and factually.” But some wanted to see an even deeper dive into the issues. For example, David Shepard of Camarillo, Calif., wrote that Haley Sweetland Edwards’ piece about drug prices missed an “important way to lower drug prices” by not addressing the effects of advertising on the market for medications.

VR GEAR GUIDE

TIME’s latest buyer’s guide assesses which virtual-reality headsets offer the most bang for the buck. Here’s a preview of the top two. See the full list at time.com/vr-guide

1. SAMSUNG GEAR VR

The $99.99 top pick has a few limitations–for example, it doesn’t track movement the way some competitors do–but our reviewer found it the most practical.

2. PLAYSTATION VR

At $399.99, the runner-up is pricier, but great for gamers who already own a PlayStation console.

SPACE JAMS

LIFE VR, Time Inc.’s virtual-reality initiative, and tech startup 8i are sharing “Message to Mars”–recordings of Buzz Aldrin (right) and musician Reggie Watts that will also be used to study whether VR can mitigate the effects of isolation on astronauts. Learn more at time.com/mars-vr

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT

Twilight author Stephenie Meyer’s The Chemist is a new thriller for adults about a former secret agent who gets reeled in for one last mission. Preview it at time.com/chemist-excerpt

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This appears in the October 31, 2016 issue of TIME.

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