FROM Peter Savodnik
A One-Way Ticket to Mars A one-way ticket to Mars sounds like a suicide mission, but a lot of people are interested in getting one. Two years ago, a Dutch group called Mars One created a competition to find applicants and more than 200,000 people signed up. Now the selection process has narrowed the field to 100 candidates, 38 of whom are from the United States. Mars One says it ultimately plans to send a team of four to the red planet in 2024. And to raise the $6 billion it's projected to cost, the group plans to televise the rest of the competition.
Hua Hsu: A Floating Chinaman Author Hua Hsu stops by to discuss his book A Floating Chinaman, recounting the life of 1930's actor/writer H.T. Tsiang and his struggles entering the American literary world.
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.”
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."