‘Mischling’ explores beauty, hope amid terror in Mengele’s ‘Zoo’ Of the acts Nazis carried out during the Holocaust, the human experiments conducted by Josef Mengele were particularly horrific. At his co-called “Zoo” at Auschwitz, Dr. Mengele – the “Angel of Death” as he was known – mutilated, poisoned, murdered, and dissected children. He had a particular interest in identical twins. That fact has been an obsession for young novelist Affinity Konar. She has set her new novel in Auschwitz and it’s told from the perspective of a pair of 12-year-old twin girls, Stasha and Pearl.
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."
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.
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?