You can't shed a tear on a computer screen, another advancement in communications control--or another sign of machine times.
So I have to tell you about how I feel as I say goodby to this space, this flat atop the crossword puzzle where I've lived so happily for the last 6 1/2 years. The move, for me, is a good one, to the crises and controversies of the Opinion pages. The pleasure, for readers, is that this neighborhood of the newspaper has never been in better hands. The new Book Review editor is Jack Miles, no stranger in town. Miles has been an executive editor at the Los Angeles branch of the University of California Press, and he has been a valued contributor to Book Review, a man of scholarly parts and temporal excitements. Georgia Jones, the assistant book editor, arrived here in late fall following several good book seasons at the Herald-Examiner.
This year marks a 10th anniversary for the section. In the spring of 1975, the Los Angeles Times launched its first weekly book section, one of only three newspapers in the United States to give literature its own Sunday shelf, pages separate from the other arts or the other ideas of our time. Editor Bill Thomas and Associate Editor Jean Sharley Taylor assigned Book Editor Digby Diehl and the late Literary Critic Robert Kirsch to put the package together, a notice to publishers and to the public that this important reading community deserved expanded attention.