‘The Mars Room’ takes readers inside California’s prison system The novel “The Mars Room” follows Romy Hall, an ex-stripper who’s arrested for killing her stalker when he suddenly shows up on her back porch in Echo Park. With a sub-par lawyer and an unsympathetic jury, Romy gets two consecutive life sentences, plus six years for child endangerment. Her young son was asleep in the house at the time of the murder. The novel begins on a bus headed for the fictional Stanfield Correction Facility in the Central Valley, where Romy meets her fellow inmates and is introduced to the California prison system.
Rachel Kushner's 57 A short story in last week’s New Yorker magazine is fiction, but reads like a slice of real life in Los Angeles. It follows a homeless man who gets released from jail and then ends up arrested again the same day.
Rachel Kushner: The Strange Case of Rachel K Rachel Kushner talks about the earliest impulses that inspired her first novel Telex from Cuba. She wanted a new concept of time, she needed to find a voice to create that highly subjective and changeable thing--the past.
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.
Hua Hsu: A Floating Chinaman Author Hua Hsu stops by to discuss his book A Floating Chinaman, recounting the life of 1930's actor/writer H.T. Tsiang and his struggles entering the American literary world.
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.