December 24, 2000 |
"Recent Terrains," a new collection of landscape photographs by Laurie Brown, opens with a dreamlike black and white panorama of a low hill above a dark, rutted plain. The sunstruck crown of the hill is crenelated with a curving wall of houses that seems both arrogant and defensive. Just below, the freshly landscaped slope descends like the fortification of a city ready for war. It would be a hard fight and hand-to-hand among the whirring sprinklers for an army to take this high ground.
August 15, 1999 |
There once was a mestiza who was treated cruelly by her fair-skinned husband. He abandoned her and his two children for another woman who was not so dark. Mad with grief, she drowned her children in a flooded arroyo and then herself. She became a ghost. Now she haunts dry creek beds and open ditches. The ghost of the woman lures careless children who are playing there in the rain, and she drowns them in the suddenly rising water.
November 9, 1997 |
According to his own account, the 18th century Venetian Giacomo Casanova was a man "of no importance." Cheat, charlatan, spy, ex-priest, quack doctor, indefatigable pursuer of women, constantly on the run from his last sexual indiscretion or the last debt on which he had defaulted, he made no contribution of any consequence to the revolutionary times through which he lived.
December 15, 1996 |
"Bartleby, the Scrivener," a story Herman Melville wrote when his popular reputation had already undergone serious erosion, begins with a disclaimer by the lawyer-narrator that could be prophetic for any potential Melville biographer: "I believe that no materials exist, for a full and satisfactory biography of this man. It is an irreparable loss to literature.
October 2, 1995 |
Entrepreneur Michael Bloomberg announced a $55-million donation to Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System. The gift, believed to be the largest private gift in the area, by the 1964 Johns Hopkins graduate is part of a $900-million capital campaign by the university and the health system. The campaign is headed by Bloomberg, 53, who will become chairman of the university's board of trustees in May.
December 31, 1994 |
The president of Johns Hopkins University is leaving to head the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. "The fit was extremely good," said William C. Richardson, university president since July, 1990. Richardson, 54, will become president of the nation's second-largest foundation on Aug. 1. He succeeds Russell G. Mawby, who is retiring after 25 years.
December 18, 1994 |
A radical English reformer, and widower of the eminently nonconforming feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin was shocked when their 17-year-old daughter, Mary, eloped in 1814 with a married man. He refused to receive them. It was only when Percy Bysshe Shelley's wife, Harriet, regularized matters by drowning herself in the Serpentine that he relented. Magnanimously, he agreed to the lovers' marrying, and went on to ask his son-in-law for money.
May 24, 1994
At a time of tense relations between the United States and the United Nations, Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali arrives in Washington Thursday to deliver the commencement address at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. The visit is unofficial and no calls at the White House or State Department are planned. But Boutros-Ghali sometimes irritates the Clinton Administration with speeches brimming with complaints about its U.N. policy.
December 22, 1992 |
Johns Hopkins University announced Monday that it has received a $50-million challenge grant, the largest donation for arts and sciences ever made to any university. The Krieger Fund, founded by Baltimore lawyer and investor Zanvyl Krieger, a Hopkins alumnus, will match--dollar for dollar up to $50 million--every donation made in the next five years to the financially pinched School of Arts and Sciences. Hopkins President William C.
March 15, 1991 |
Federal investigators who uncovered research funding abuses at Stanford University plan to swoop down next on UC Berkeley, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Johns Hopkins University, a knowledgeable congressional aide said Thursday. Another team is considering an investigation of USC and the University of Pennsylvania, the aide said.