TAXMAN COMETH In the midst of a messy divorce, Pavarotti's
wife turns in the singer for tax evasion.
Sydney Morning Herald (Daily Telegraph) 02/28/00
MOST FAMOUS KINDERGARTEN TEACHER IN AMERICA: Margaret
Edson has been widely celebrated for her play "Wit,"
written nearly nine years ago, which finally took the theater
world by storm last year. But, this kindergarten teacher continues
to protest, I'm not a playwright. "I just wrote this one
little play." Washington
BROTHER'S WATCHING: Was George Orwell his own Big Brother?
After compiling a list of "crypto-Communists and fellow-travelers"
including Charlie Chaplin and writers George Bernard Shaw, John
Steinbeck and J.B. Priestly, Orwell turned it over to British
authorities. Was this an act of capitulation by the man who
supposedly hated authority? National
AND CEO: Sony chairman Norio Ohga is also a conductor. "When
I was 60 years old I started conducting. I was invited to the
Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival," recalls Ohga. "Our
recording group recorded all my concerts [and] they decided
to release a CD. Lorin Maazel heard this CD and immediately
he wrote me a letter [saying], 'You are such a wonderful musician,
and I wish to invite you to the Pittsburgh Symphony.' "
I CAN DO IT, IT AIN'T ART": Minnesota governor Jesse
Ventura's definition of art is simple. Picasso, yuchh. Matisse?
Who's that? "My good friend Steve (the governor's former
tag-team partner) would paint my official portrait." Chicago
FORGER: "Nine years ago, Antonio J. Mendez, the son
of a Nevada copper miner, retired from the CIA after a quarter-century.
He had worked his way up from the lowly forgery unit - bogus
signatures, altered documents, counterfeit currency and the
like - to become head of the espionage agency's division of
disguise, with a rank equal to that of a two-star general. He
created some of the CIA's most elaborate, if little-known, productions
- the ploys, skits, scams, masquerades and sleights of hand
designed to dupe foreign agents and enemy surveillance teams."
CULTURE: As the Soviet Union's much-vaunted culture machine
began to break down after the country's breakup, many Soviet
artists fled to the West. Vladimir Spivakov, one of Russia's
top violinists and conductors and founder of the Moscow Virtuosi,
chose to continue working in his homeland. Now he may take on
the ambitious new Moscow Cultural Center. London
OBSESSION: Pop-paleontologist Stephen
Jay Gould seems to bring out the worst in science writer Robert
Wright. For the last decade Wright has been writing
inexplicably hostile reviews of Gould's work - even his supporters
detect an element of obsessive stalking. Until last December,
when the New Yorker published the latest of Wright's diatribes
against the incredibly successful public intellectual, Gould
has remained silent. Is Gould's refusal to respond to Wright's
provocations the sign of a savvy alpha male or a passive-aggressive
bully? New York Magazine
happened to David Hockney? In the past decade "he has refused
to simplify his signature style, choosing instead to interrogate
the rules of representation and reproduction. He's done photomontage
art and fax art, and has written books on what it means to see.
He has, in other words, gone Warhol, a wise PR move for an artist
always erroneously (yet profitably) associated with Pop, but
a disaster for one of the few living painters who can command
respect for his traditional skills." Feed
GENIUS: So Albert Einstein was Time Magazine's Person of
the Century. But even in debates over whether he deserved the
honor, there was little scrutiny of the claims made for his
influence. Hooey, writes David Greenberg. Time to do a little
setting-straight of the historical record.