September 18, 2005
BEING the editor of the Perspective section of The Sun was the best job I ever had on the paper. Why? Maybe because during the three years I put out the section, I learned something about the truly venerable newspaper I devoted 32 years of my life to, and something about myself. When I returned in 1975 after three years as The Sun's correspondent in Brazil, I wanted to go back to my job on The Evening Sun's editorial page. The managing editor of The Sun, Paul Banker, wanted me in the Washington bureau.
December 17, 2002
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - Reminders of Marilyn Monroe's short but glamorous life are everywhere at the penthouse offices of CMG Worldwide Inc. There is a bronze bust of the starlet, a cardboard cutout and several oil paintings. A wig and dresses worn by her are displayed in a glass case. And, visitors are invariably told, the office suite was once used by Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who made Monroe his first centerfold. It is not surprising that CMG would pay homage to the departed starlet.
March 14, 2002
Through the artwork of Howard County students, the first meeting between famous people such as Fred Astaire and Count Basie is depicted in papier-mache figures, while puppets of Joan Crawford and Bette Davis stand together for the first time on a stage in front of an adoring audience. Nearly 400 pieces of such artwork from county kindergartners to high school seniors will be displayed at Howard County Center for the Arts in First Encounters: Students' Responses to Memorable Meetings. Opening tomorrow, the exhibit was inspired by First Encounters: A Book of Memorable Meetings by Nancy Caldwell Sorel and illustrated by her husband, Edward Sorel, and features 65 meetings between famous people.
December 14, 2001
THE NON-STIMULUS tax cut looks worse as the White House pares the legitimate business of government to pay for programs made necessary by homeland defense. One of the strangest cuts is the Office of Management and Budget's proposal to save $45 million by suspending renovation of two Smithsonian Institution museums that convey the American idea to visitors from home and abroad. When Americans are coming together, waving the flag, singing "America the Beautiful" and revisiting their history, nothing mocks the national purpose more than keeping the American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery closed for extra years.
January 23, 2000
By now bookstores are so crammed with bad memoirs that the late literary editor Maxwell Perkins must be praying in his grave for an Alzheimer's pandemic. In some ways, the memoir has been to the last decade what the New Journalism was to the 1960s and '70s -- a definitive genre, a hybrid form, a craze even, of sorts. The memoir has come into its own at the end of the 20th century, serving as a benchmark of this generation's loathsome literary self-consciousness in much the same way as Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" and Tom Wolfe's "Radical Chic" were the baby-boomers' Bildungsromans.
January 19, 2000
"The book I read was `Famous Explorers for Boys and Girls' by Ramon P. Coffman. This book tells about explorers. It tells who they were and about their search for knowledge. It also tells about adventures and all the famous people. This book should be read by young people because it tells about our history." -- John Robinson, Norbel Elementary The Sun invites its young readers to send in their book reviews, and we will print them on this page or on sunspot.net, our place on the Internet.