FROM Jake Browne
A Marijuana Contest at the Oregon State Fair That Won't Get You High The stakes are high this summer at the Oregon State Fair, particularly in the brand new category of best marijuana plant. Across the aisle from the guy hawking Sham-wows, the state’s finest examples of farm-grown weed will be on display. But the judging won’t involve actually consuming the product.
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?
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."