FROM Matthew Zoller Seitz
Is Oliver Stone's 'The Putin Interviews' too flattering? Last night on Showtime, Oliver Stone met Vladimir Putin. It was the first of four nights of interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of Putin being himself, called “The Putin Interviews.” They talk about Syria, Ukraine, the U.S. election. Stone even sits down with Putin to watch a DVD of “Doctor Strangelove.”
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?
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.