FROM Adam Haslett
‘Imagine Me Gone’: A Powerful Story of Family and Mental Illness The new novel by Adam Haslett, “Imagine Me Gone,” is a powerful story of a family trying to cope with mental illness. It’s summer in Maine and Alec and his sister Celia are rowing a boat on a lake with their dad. He lies down, closes his eyes and says to them, “Imagine me gone.” They’re supposed to be getting a lesson in how to guide the boat safely to shore on their own in case something happens to him. However, it turns out to be more than a simple lesson in lake safety. It’s a preview for the lives Alec, Celia, and their older brother Michael will soon have to live after their father kills himself.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
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Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
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