FROM Brian Steinberg
A High-Tech Gamble on the Next Big Thing Instagram is a simple way to create your own art online with your smartphone photographs. It lets smartphone photographers enhance their pictures with 17 different filters and post their creations on the Internet. In 18 months it's attracted 33 million users. But with 13 employees, no advertisements and no sales of personal information, it hasn't made any money. For many users, it's come to be the anti-Facebook. Now Facebook 's Mark Zuckerberg is buying Instagram for $1 billion. Will Instagram ever be the same? Is it further evidence that Facebook is losing its "cool?" Will Zuckerberg still be able to raise $100 billion with Facebook's Initial Public Offering?
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."
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?