FROM David Sack
Personal Overdose Device The FDA just announced the approval of a new device that can be used on someone overdosing on drugs. The agency says a person dies every 36 minutes from a drug overdose in the U.S. and that this new product, called Evzio, can help cut those numbers. But others are concerned that it’s the wrong way to combat the country’s growing opioid problem.
Doctors and Celebrity Patients Dr. Conrad Murray has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. Murray was paid $150,000 a month by the superstar, and claimed that Jackson so urgently wanted an injection of what he called "milk" that he did it himself. The jury found it was Murray who performed the injection and then left the room while Jackson expired. "Milk" was Propofol, a powerful anesthetic to be used only in surgery. Murray will be sentenced later this month by Judge Michael Pastor, who jailed the doctor without bail on the grounds that "the public should be protected." We get two views on the temptations and pitfalls of treating celebrity patients.
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."
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.”
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.
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?