FROM Julie Makinen
Japan's obsession with LA, circa 1976, is back When it comes to fashion, art, and design, Tokyo has become one of the world’s trendsetters. But for a moment in 1976, Los Angeles was Tokyo’s muse. That was thanks to a Japanese pop culture and fashion magazine called “Popeye.” For its first issue, the editors put out a glossy anthropological survey of Los Angeles life, mainly youth culture: skateboarding, surfing and a lot of UCLA gear. That issue became a cultural sensation, and formed an idealized vision of LA in the minds of millions of Japanese people. It’s been 40 years, but that issue is back on newsstands after the publisher chose to reprint it , and again, it’s a sensation in Tokyo.
Survivors Pulled from the Rubble in Nepal Five days after a massive earthquake in Nepal, rescue workers pulled two more people from the rubble in Kathmandu. It was a rare bit of good news in a city struggling to cope with the disaster. It also followed suggestions by Nepalese officials that it was too late to find survivors and that international rescue teams should go home. Julie Makinen, Beijing Bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times , joins us now from Kathmandu.
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.
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
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."