Minter is no poet. His prose is statistic-rich and straightforward. He's at his best in the chapters discussing the ecological impact of waste in terms of product durability, and encouraging companies to be more transparent about planned obsolescence. He reveals how some companies, like manufacturers of car seats, put expiration dates on their products and exhort people not to reuse them, even though there's no hard evidence that "expired" car seats are unsafe. He reserves particular ire for companies like Apple, which actively - and probably illegally - discourage consumers from learning to fix their own electronics by warning that opening your phone will void its warranty. … [Read more...] about Book World: What really happens to all that unwanted stuff you donate?
The Trump presidency is so messy that it feels beyond the ability of any single human to keep up with all of the scandals, the criminal allegations, the acts that would have been unimaginable from a president just a few years ago - not to mention the impossibility of keeping track of the president's entourage of petty grifters, sleazy wiseguys and, increasingly, convicted criminals. The more the shady dealings stack up, the higher the bar for badness gets. The more bad actors surround the president, the less his relationship with any single one seems troubling enough to be disqualifying. … [Read more...] about Book World: All the president’s crooked men
Los Angeles Police Department detectives arrested 70-year-old Lois Ann Goodman on Tuesday at the Sheraton Hotel in midtown Manhattan, where she was charged with murdering her husband. In April, Alan Goodman died in L.A. from multiple injuries to his head. Goodman, a professional tennis referee, arrived in New York this week to officiate matches at the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, Queens. … [Read more...] about U.S. Open Tennis Referee Arrested for Killing Husband With Coffee Cup [Updated]
For all those reasons and many more, the plan faces artillery barrages of skepticism and hostility, starting with the question: Why can’t LACMA stay just the way it is, a collection of buildings erected over 40 years? My preference is almost always to grant an existing structure the right to continue existing, but in this case I understand the need to start by tearing much of the original museum down. When the first trio of buildings by William Pereira, executed in a style you might call Lincoln Center lite, went up in 1965, they framed an elevated plaza and appeared to float on a series of reflecting pools. Then black goo from the La Brea Tar Pits started seeping into the water, and the fountains shut down. Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer reworked the complex in the 1980s and left it disjointed, cut off from the street, and still in need of fantastically expensive seismic retrofitting. … [Read more...] about LACMA Is Leaping Over Wilshire Boulevard, and Los Angeles Isn’t Sure Whether to Come Along
Demonstrations, marches, and vigils, mostly associated in some way with the Black Lives Matter movement and ranging in size from dozens to thousands of participants, were conducted in Atlanta, New York, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, San Francisco, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Phoenix, Nashville, and Detroit, among other cities. The tone of the protests varied greatly, with some demonstrations becoming rowdy and tense, while others were more subdued and somber. The police response seems to have been mixed as well, as some cities saw officers in riot gear block groups of protesters, resulting in standoffs and arrests — while in other cities, police simply observed from the background, with few or no confrontations. … [Read more...] about Anti-Police-Brutality Protests Continue in Many U.S. Cities Following Dallas Tragedy