FROM Ben McGrath
Kobe Bryant's Long Goodbye When you talk about the Lakers, you’re really having a conversation about Kobe Bryant. But Kobe’s injured and out for the season. Again. And the Lakers are TWENTY-THREE and FORTY-SIX… not in a good way. No post-season for them. There’s a chance that this season will be the WORST in franchise history. And both behind the scenes and in public, there are a lot of people hinting not-so-subtly that Kobe should just bow out and not come back at all.
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyonce take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
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?
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.”