FROM Christina Cauterucci
Hugh Hefner's complicated legacy Hugh Hefner died at his home, the Playboy Mansion, yesterday. Although married a few times, the Playboy founder embodied the ultimate bachelor, in his signature silk pajamas, smoking jacket, and pipe. He popularized sexual liberation, voyeurism, and of course the “Playboy Playmate.” But there’s another side to Hefner’s legacy. “Playboy” featured black models, entertainers, and activists long before other mainstream outlets and Hefner was a supporter of various civil rights movements...so how should we remember Hef – as a supporter of racial equality or a master misogynist?
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.
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.”
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."
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?