FROM Alexandra Schwartz
Elena Ferrante’s 'unmasking' is causing outrage The true identity of the Italian novelist Elena Ferrante has, allegedly, been revealed, but many fans and other writers are not happy about it. Elena Ferrante is the pen name of a bestselling author who’s been publishing anonymously for almost a quarter of a century. But a story out Sunday in the New York Review of Books claims that Ferrante is actually Anita Raja, a translator who lives in Rome – and it makes a compelling case.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."