FROM Tom Zoellner
How the Orange Became King in Orange County Even though the California orange business has largely moved to the Central Valley, the orange helped set the stage for everything that’s happening today in modern Orange County, including large tract-homes and “bland mass culture.” Tom Zoellner writes about the history of Orange County’s namesake fruit in an essay in the LA Review of Books called “The Orange Industrial Complex.” He’s an the author, journalist and Associate Professor of English at Chapman University in Orange County, which is named after one of its most influential orange men.
De Beers Proposes Black-Run Diamond Mining Company De Beers , the world's largest diamond producer, and the South African government have announced plans to create a new diamond-mining company controlled by black Africans. Tom Zoellner, author of The Heartless Stone, has more on the ground-breaking deal.
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.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.