FROM Tom Zoellner
How the Orange Became King in Orange County Even though the California orange business has largely moved to the Central Valley, the orange helped set the stage for everything that’s happening today in modern Orange County, including large tract-homes and “bland mass culture.” Tom Zoellner writes about the history of Orange County’s namesake fruit in an essay in the LA Review of Books called “The Orange Industrial Complex.” He’s an the author, journalist and Associate Professor of English at Chapman University in Orange County, which is named after one of its most influential orange men.
De Beers Proposes Black-Run Diamond Mining Company De Beers , the world's largest diamond producer, and the South African government have announced plans to create a new diamond-mining company controlled by black Africans. Tom Zoellner, author of The Heartless Stone, has more on the ground-breaking deal.
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.”
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.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.