FROM Sarai Walker
'Dietland' The language of diet ads is promising and familiar: Break free! Escape! Start living! These words are the weapons in the war on fat. Many women are waging these battles, but end up fighting against their own bodies. Sarai Walker’s new novel Dietland tells the story of one of these women. Plum has decided that her life is not real; that her true self will be freed from the trap of her body once she loses weight. Meanwhile, a violent group of feminists called “Jennifer” is exacting vigilante justice on rapists and misogynists. It’s part thriller and part social commentary. Sarai Walker talks to Madeleine about her inspiration.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
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.
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?