FROM Colin Dickey
LA's creepiest haunts What could possibly be more terrifying than this election season? Well, nothing. But today, we’ll attempt to top the freak show that is American politics in honor of Halloween. Los Angeles is chock full of creepy old buildings with bloody pasts. Places like the Cecil Hotel Downtown and the Queen Mary in Long Beach.
Ghostland Haunted spaces have become a tourism bonanza, with ghost hunters and thrill-seekers traveling the world to wander through supposedly haunted houses, hotels, prisons and factories. But what are the ingredients of a building that feels spooky, and what do these stories tell us about our own cultural attitudes? Colin Dickey explores all this in his new book Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places .
What did Trump accomplish on his first trip abroad? President Trump is wrapping up his Mideast and European tour. We find out what he has accomplished -- good and bad -- and look at what he faces when he comes home.
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.”
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.
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."