FROM Roger J. Cohen
Driverless cars You've heard the buzz about driverless cars. Well, they are coming soon to a road near you. Uber is about to launch a fleet of autonomous cars onto the streets of Pittsburgh. What does this mean for passengers, for the city, and for those who make a living as drivers? We talk with folks at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and an Uber driver who believes autonomous cars are not ready for prime-time.
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?
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."