FROM Amy Walters
How Does Planet Aid Use Your Old Clothing? Let’s say you want to get rid of old clothes. You see one of those big yellow donation bins that says Planet Aid on it. Have you ever wondered what happens next? Well, they’re sold and the money is supposed to go to help poor people overseas in places like Africa. But two investigative reporters took a deeper look into Planet Aid’s funding and found a complicated story that involves possible money laundering and a reputed cult founded in Denmark. As for the Africans, they’re not seeing a lot of that money.
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."
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
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?