FROM Julie Klausner
Julie Klausner: Difficult People In the Hulu series Difficult People , Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner play Julie Kessler and Billy Epstein, best friends and struggling, snarky New York comedians with a tendency to blurt out whatever they're thinking. Their outbursts frequently get them in trouble with everyone around them, but only strengthen their own bond. Klausner, who created the show, is not exactly playing herself, but she can certainly draw on her experience as a comedian in New York. She started out taking classes offered by the Upright Citizen's Brigade in the late 90's, just as key members the improv troupe moved from Chicago to Manhattan, including Amy Poehler, who serves as the show's executive producer. Klausner has done all kinds of comedic writing and performing -- books, television, podcasts and even recaps of Bravo reality shows for Vulture. She tells us how her experience as a recapper worked its way into her character on the show, and why television is the perfect medium to portray deep friendships, rather than traditional love stories. She also addresses her complicated relationship with social media and what she learned from a Twitter spat that gained a lot of attention several months ago. Season 2 of Difficult People premieres on Hulu on July 12.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
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."
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?