FROM Jedd Wolchok
The promise of immunotherapy Six years ago, the writer Mary Elizabeth Williams got a terrifying diagnosis. She had melanoma, a deadly skin cancer. It eventually spread to stage 4, and the prognosis was terminal. As a last-ditch effort, Williams joined a clinical trial for a still-novel treatment called immunotherapy . And today she is not only alive, but she’s been in complete remission for almost five years. For Williams, immunotherapy has been nothing short of miraculous, but she’s the exception. Most cancers, so far, don’t respond to these new experimental treatments. Link to Mary Elizabeth’s book
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?
'Dandelion and Quince,' food and crime, 'All About Eggs' Sarah Lohman talks about the murder and historic recipes that form the backbone of her new book, “Ohio 1910,” and Rachel Khong shares highlights from Lucky Peach’s last cookbook, “All About Eggs.” Michelle Mckenzie tells us how to cook oft-forgotten fruits, veggies and herbs, and Jonathan Gold reviews AR Cucina in Culver City. Plus: raspberries at the market and a special guest DJ set from Alton Brown.
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.