FROM Sarah Weinman
The World of Women Crime Writers When you think of early noir crime writers, you may think of Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler. But have you heard of Dorothy Hughes? Her novel, In a Lonely Place , was made into a movie starring Humphrey Bogart. And there’s Vera Caspary, whose book Laura became a film by Otto Preminger. In fact, there were a number of successful female crime-fiction writers after World War II. Their books have been in and out of print. But now a new two-volume set has been put out by the Library of America.
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?
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.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”