April 11, 1993 |
The compulsion to measure, weigh and analyze every nuance of modern life - as if a precise label might somehow enhance understanding - is perhaps what has led critics to categorize poet W. D. Snodgrass' work as "confessional. " But Snodgrass, who will appear at Ursinus College on Wednesday, is far from comfortable with the term commonly used to characterize his work. "I don't like the label at all," Snodgress said during an interview. "It's a kind of journalists' tag. I don't like it especially because it sounds like you're writing about somebody's bedroom memoirs, or about some religious confession.
June 26, 1992 |
In 1943, with World War II raging around the globe, the most famous graduate in the history of Randolph-Macon Women's College addressed a plea to her fellow alumnae. It was not a call to arms. Or against them. Instead, she implored her sisters to establish a rare book room on the school's wisteria-graced campus here. "After many years away from college, when I look to myself to discover what remains of those years," wrote Pearl Sydenstricker Buck, class of 1914 and already America's most distinguished author after winning the 1938 Nobel Prize in Literature, "I find it is atmosphere.
June 21, 1992 |
The early memories are vivid, and neither time nor pain can blur them. The son, not yet school age, spies a blue globe and anchor tattooed on the father's upper right arm, and reaches out to touch it. Later he'll learn it's the emblem of his dad's beloved Marine Corps. Kneeling in prayer at bedtime, the son invokes the names of the father's heroes: "Now I lay me down to sleep . . . and God bless Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson . . . " Standing by a parade ground on a splendid sunny day, gripping his mother's hand, the son sees the father saluted and honored, and he feels stirring within the desire to earn that glory one day himself.
April 13, 1992 |
Signe Wilkinson was a finalist last year for the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. That near-miss apparently made a major impression on one of Signe's young daughters. I know this because of something that happened a few months ago. The child wandered away from her babysitter as they walked through Chestnut Hill. A woman found her and asked how to contact her mother. The girl said Signe worked at the Philadelphia Daily News and was "the second best cartoonist in America.
April 8, 1992 |
There was George Bush, American flag fluttering on his desk, declaiming to the populace, "I am your father who art in the White House! Hollow be my name. " And there was Signe Wilkinson, the Daily News political cartoonist whose deft satirical touch has bushwhacked Bush on many another occasion, with champagne dripping from her hair. For just the kind of biting bitchiness displayed in the first panel of yesterday's political cartoon, one concerning Bush and abortion, this impertinent Quaker with a scalpel for a pen who is really a very nice lady, won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning.
April 8, 1992 |
Signe Wilkinson of the Philadelphia Daily News won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning yesterday, and in a champagne-soaked speech, she thanked some of her suppliers: Saddam Hussein, President Bush, Clarence Thomas, Alan Simpson and "the divine" Ted Kennedy. Called the "attack Quaker" by colleagues, Wilkinson is the first woman to win journalism's highest honor for editorial cartoonists. While acknowledging the importance of political subjects, she said that she tends to mine social issues for cartoons - matters like schools, neighborhood life and "what people are up against day in and day out. " Addressing a staff feasting on hoagies, cookies and the bubbly, Wilkinson peeled back the dark blue lapels of her personalized Daily News jump suit and showed off her "Republican pearls.
April 26, 1990 |
Gwendolyn Brooks, the first black to win a Pulitzer Prize, will join California poet Rian Cooney in a poetry reading at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow in Founders Hall at Bucks County Community College in Newtown. Brooks, 73, most recently wrote "Winnie," a poem about Winnie Mandela. Brooks has received the Senior Fellowship in Literature from the National Endowment for the Arts, and she has been honored with the Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington.
April 19, 1990 |
Last week's announcement of the 1990 Pulitzer Prizes sparked parties in a dozen newsrooms across the country, with giddy reporters and editors uncorking champagne bottles and congratulating one another in celebration of journalism's greatest achievement. The pity is that a prize-winning newspaper's subscribers are often the only people who get to read these Pulitzer efforts. And that's something Joseph Pulitzer, the populist-minded publisher of the New York World who endowed the prize, would have loathed.
April 13, 1990 |
The Inquirer yesterday won a Pulitzer Prize gold medal for public service for articles by reporter Gilbert M. Gaul exposing lax federal regulation of the blood industry. The medal honored a five-part investigative series, "The Blood Brokers," last fall by Gaul, 38, a business reporter who has covered health economics for The Inquirer since 1983. Another public-service award went to the Washington (N.C.) Daily News for stories revealing that the city's water supply was contaminated by carcinogens.
December 28, 1989 |
Joe Livingston was stubborn. He was argumentative. He was, at times, acerbic. In conversation with a friend or colleague, he rarely if ever was heard to declare: "I agree with you completely. " The fact is he almost never let a statement pass without an addition or correction of his own. Whether it was a comment about the weather or a view of the world, he would generally find fault. If Joe could, he would jump in at this very point. He would screw up his mouth and admonish me in blunt language.