FROM Gianfranco Rosi
'Fire at Sea' filmmaker: 'We are living a life of tragedy' More people than ever have died when attempting the dangerous smugglers’ crossing from Africa to Italy, according to the United Nations. The small Italian island called Lampedusa has been intensely experiencing the flow of migrants, and the coast guard stationed there has become the front line in rescuing those trapped at sea. Life on Lampedusa is depicted in a new documentary called Fire at Sea by Gianfranco Rosi, who spent more than a year living on Lampedusa. The film is the Italian entry for the foreign language category at the Oscars this year.
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."
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?