They’re calling it “Carmageddon.” Next Friday, a ten-mile stretch of one of the busiest freeways in Los Angeles, the 405, will close entirely for a 53-hour construction project—an entire weekend of gridlock. An estimated 500,000 vehicles travel the 405 on a weekend in July.
A few weeks ago, in the days before Lady Gaga released her latest album, “Born This Way,” I heard a jaw-dropping figure. It was reported that Interscope Records had shipped 2 million copies of the CD to retailers—which seemed like an absolutely absurd number in today’s environment of lukewarm album sales.
Maybe Lady Gaga is right. The bizarre star gave a 70-minute interview late last week for the Musicians@Google series. I’m not usually a big fan of Gaga’s penchant for spectacle—I saw that movie the first time, when it was called “Dennis Rodman.” But this interview was surprisingly honest, low-key and spectacle-free.