FROM Peter van Agtmael
What It’s Like to Be Written About by Karl Ove Knausgaard A depressed Norwegian novelist. An enthusiastic young American photographer. A road trip through the midwest… it sounds like the plot of an indie comedy. But it’s real: The New York Times hired novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard to write a two-part travel piece in North America. Knausgaard is famous for his six-volume novel -- in fact thinly disguised memoir -- called My Struggle, in which seemingly every detail of his life is recorded. The second part of Knausgaard’s U.S. travelogue is published in the New York Times Magazine this weekend , and it’s less about America than it is about Knausgaard and his own struggles to report the piece. Perhaps unwittingly, the photographer assigned to take pictures for the story ended up being a major character in it. We hear from him about what it’s like to get the Ove Knausgaard treatment.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
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."
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?
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."