January 30, 2014 |
As a teenager I used to plunder my father's shelves of dog-eared paperbacks, kept in a dank, low-ceilinged basement room that also held a turntable, an out-of-tune piano and a distinct eau de mold. What excitement lurked in those browning pages with their brittle edges, whose pieces would chip off in my hands - science fiction and fantasy, mainly, with a smattering of mystery and P.G. Wodehouse and military biographies. Reading Jeff Vandermeer's novel "Annihilation" - the first in a trilogy, all to be released this year - I had the same sensation of dreadful, delicious anticipation I used to have as I cracked open one of the books in the basement.
March 31, 1994 |
Frances Donaldson, who wrote an award-winning biography of Edward VIII, the king who abdicated in 1936 to marry the twice-divorced Wallis Warfield Simpson, has died. She was 87. Lord John Donaldson said his wife died Sunday of cancer at their London home. The 1974 biography of the king of England won the Wolfson Literary Award and was the basis for the 1981 HBO movie "Edward and Mrs. Simpson." Lady Donaldson served as script supervisor for the TV film, which won an Emmy for "Masterpiece Theater."
May 25, 1997
Patty Cunha, co-owner-director, Oakdale School: "You Can't Go Home Again," by Thomas Wolfe (Perennial/Harper & Row). "I am thoroughly enjoying it despite the small type and the lengthy, intense stream-of-consciousness passages. I find the writing beautiful. It reads like an autobiography." **** Joan Weinstein, program officer, Getty grant program, J.P. Getty Trust: "Gauguin's Skirt," by Stephen F. Eisenman (Thames & Hudson).
January 23, 1998
Garber Davidson, 89, Los Angeles-based journalist who reported on the atomic testing in Nevada in the late 1950s. Davidson was a reporter for the Copley papers and then, for 25 years, Associated Press, retiring in 1965. In addition to the atomic tests, he covered the career of Richard M. Nixon leading to the presidency, and local courts and city government.
February 15, 1993
Scott Meredith, 69, the literary agent who pioneered the concept of book auctions in publishing. After a brief career as a short-story writer, Meredith opened his company, Scott Meredith Literary Agency, in 1946. His clients included Norman Mailer, P.G. Wodehouse, Carl Sagan, Roseanne Arnold and Margaret Truman. He wrote "Writing to Sell," which has been in print since 1950, and the biography "George S. Kaufman and His Friends."
October 20, 1985
Regarding Dan Sullivan's review of "Jeeves Takes Charge," a tour de force by Edward Duke from the work of P.G. Wodehouse (" 'Jeeves': Not Quite in Full Charge," Sept. 21): Bertie Wooster would say that "what the world needs is fewer and better drama critics since many of them are fat-headed chumps who consist of nothing but muscle from the neck up and are always talking through the backs of their heads." I don't know what Sullivan's problem is. Perhaps, like Bertie's Aunt Agatha, he wears barbed wire next to the skin and that causes him to be irritable and petty.
December 22, 1989 |
The popular production of the musical "Oh, Kay!" at the Goodspeed Opera House here will get a second life--with a North American tour beginning in September as well as possible productions in London and on Broadway. The touring company of the Gershwin musical, reset in 1920s Harlem with an all-black cast, will begin with a six-week engagement in Toronto beginning in September, before hitting the road for a 30- to 35-week tour.