September 21, 2003
At the end of the six months Hart Crane spent on Isle of Pines, off the coast of Cuba, from May to October of 1926, a hurricane passed over the island and all but destroyed Villa Casas, the defunct plantation his maternal grandfather had built. One of the reasons Crane had gone to the Caribbean was to undertake repairs on the house and grounds that his grandmother and mother had long neglected. But the storm more or less settled the fate of the family estate, as well as put an end to the most productive period of writing Crane would ever experience.
November 18, 1991
INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Eddie Delahoussaye won both $200,000 divisions of the Hollywood Derby yesterday aboard Eternity Star and Olympio.
March 1, 2003
Daniel Taradash, 90, who won an Oscar for his screenplay adaptation of James Jones' best-selling novel From Here to Eternity, died of cancer Feb. 22 at a Los Angeles hospital. Best known for adapting sprawling novels and Broadway plays, Taradash's screenwriting credits include writing or co-writing adaptations of Clifford Odets' Golden Boy, William Inge's Picnic and James Michener's Hawaii. But From Here to Eternity, the 1953 film version of Jones' novel about Army life in Hawaii during the months leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor, was the one movie for which Taradash said he received the most compliments.
March 7, 1991
Silver liningBrrrrr. The frosty economic climate is nipping at the toes of hundreds of local businesses, occasionally even freezing the life out of the unprotected. Certain retailers, though, find the harsh conditions bracingly refreshing: Gage Menswear, for one. The discount store is surviving and thriving, and growing beyond its Baltimore borders to a new location at Valley Centre, 9616 Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills."1990 was a very tough year for most, but we experienced a double-digit increase in volume," says buyer Bill Glazer.
March 31, 1996
HAVRE de GRACE -- Sunday morning. The morning of the Seventh Day.Depending on the nature of the household and the habits of its occupants, this might be the time for a hickory-smoked cholesterol fix. For a jog down quiet suburban streets. For earnest banalities on Washington interview shows. For sleeping in.For some, Sunday morning means nice clothes and formal Sunday services, the comfort of familiar prayers and sacred music. For others, not necessarily the less devout, it can be an occasion for more private reflections on life, on time, on eternity, on death.
July 17, 2013
Readers of this blog are aware by now that I have inveighed for years against the current journalistic tendency to label nearly anything an icon or iconic . Let me explain why that is not a mere cavil. An icon is not a person; an icon is an image. In the Eastern Orthodox tradition, an icon is a portrait of a saint or a painting of a scene from Scripture. Iconoclasts object to the veneration of icons as praying to mere objects, but that is a vulgar misunderstanding. An icon in this tradition is a window into the next world, into eternity, and the devout worshiper attempts to transcend this world and communicate with the eternal one through that window.