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D-20 TEMPO THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Sunday, November 28, 1 982 On Books Excellent Very Good Good Fair Poor Life Of Lyndon Johnson In Excellent Book i "JSK' I ws" nil I A tf I iS 1 -f 11 HY7 1 Johnson wheeled and dealed, perfecting what later became the "legislative dance" he executed so well In Congress. He had in college a nickname "Bull" Johnson. It wasn't a compliment. A peer said it meant "Master of B.S. He was known as the biggest liar on campus." Classmate Edward Puis explained it was, "because of this constant braggadocio. Because he was so full of B.S., manure, people didn't believe him He was a man who Just could not tell the truth." Later Johnson also was known as the "professional son." It' meant when he found older persons he thought could be useful to him, he flattered them into thinking he was their devoted young slave. It worked on mothers, politicians' wives and later on Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn. Johnson had only three rungs on his ladder toward success: one for congressman, one for senator and the big one for President. Everything else in his life was subordinated to those goals. In Caro's seven years of re-' search on Johnson, he turned up every relative, friend or foe he could locate. He went back to be- fore Johnson's birth, to the lives of Johnson's grandparents. He inter- viewed those who knew his par- ents and remembered Johnson's -birth. He found playmates, college friends and enemies, Johnson worshippers and haters. Then he blended them all into this 768-page expose which shows and tells all. Readers of this first volume will anxiously tackle the I could well have served later as Johnson's epitaph: "Lyndon goes which wriy the wind blows." Johnson had an all-consuming need to be noticed, to be first in everything, to dominate. From his earliest years, he would do anything for recognition and pursued a "zealousness to retouch reality," even to the point of altering college criticisms. Awkward and Impoverished, Johnson grew up in the unyielding poverty belt of Texas known as Hill Country. Not many escaped its despair; Johnson was determined to. From toddler on, he was a away. He used his absence to make others worry about him even enjoyed those searches for him and thej-ellef others felt after he allowed himself to be found. He was different. And he relished that. "His mother dressed Johnson in red Buster Brown suits or white sailor suits or in a cowboy outfit, complete to a Stetson hat, and Lyndon not only didn't object to being dressed differently from other boys, who wore farm clothes he insisted on it," s4id one of Caro's sources. "He wanted to stand out" To accomplish this when clothes would no longer do the trick, -Johnson used people, cajoled, pushed and shoved, lied and manipulated. He had to be first in everything, whether It was riding on a donkey with a cousin or steering college campus politics. AT SOUTHWEST Texas State Teachers College in San Marcos, THE YEARS OF LYNDON JOHNSON: THE PATH TO POWER By Robert A. Caro; Alfred A. Knopf; $19.95 BY ALICE HORNBAKER Enquirer Book Critic If you want to know a President, walk in his shoes for seven years. Author-researcher Robert a. Caro did. He Journeyed every path Lyndon B. Johnson trod; talked to most of the people the politician encountered on his way to the top. And his long-awaited biography surpasses all expectations. It reads like fiction; but, in fact, it's the all-too-true account of the tarnished and flawed 36th President of the United States. Even if you don't care about politics, this book Is a must-read. For while It offers rare insights into the practice of politics, it also tells a fascinating tale about a poor Texas boy who set his sights on the White House and would not rest until he reached it. The reader is wrenched from empathy to anger, from tears to disgust and even shock. CARO, FORMER Newsday investigative reporter, has churned out what will probably eventually be termed the definitive work on Lyndon B. Johnson. The current release is but the first volume of what will eventually be a three- MICHAEL GALLAGHER'S "Farm" is currently on display UC Spotlights Illusionism The Mysteries Of 6200P Explained In '2010' 2010: ODYSSEY TWO By Arthur C. Clarke; Del ReyBallentine, SI 4.95 BY JOHN E. MclNTYRE Enquirer Reporter We might as well assume you have seen Stanley Kubrick's "2001," or read the book Arthur C. Clarke wrote while working on the film script, or both. You will consequently be interested in knowing Just why HAL turned into a killer computer, what the function of the great monoliths was, why astronaut Dave Bowman was turned into the Star Child who appeared at the end of the film and similar questions. All answers have arrived. Those of you who had already guessed at the not terribly deep mysteries of the film will have the the account amply satisfying. THE WEAKNESS of sequels lies in the difficulty of regenerating the freshness or surprise of the original, with so much energy taken up in explaining the earlier work and trying to push it a little farther. But 2010 does go beyond the original, taking a new spaceship, with a Soviet-American crew, out to the moons of Jupiter, where the spaceship Discovery has been suspended since the end of the first novel. Old things are explained and strange new things are to happen in the cold dark around the giant red planet-things of great moment CMAIN AUCTION CALLElfS INC. 13 FOL'KTH ST CINCIKNAT1 OHIO 4H01 si3 eti-no Secrets Of Jonestown Unraveled In New Expose EXHIBITION DATES Tborabf December 2id to 4 pn Sitrday OecenAer 4tl ti 12 pn Friday December 3rd an to 4 pn Smdij December 5th i iti to sale toe Please Note: AN Books and Post Cards ROBERT CARO tracks Lyndon Johnson book chronology. The other two presumably will be released in the next few years. This first volume, The Path To Power, starts with an ancestral search to find Johnson's inherited legacy and takes us up to 1944 and the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. That is the point at which New Dealer Johnson turns his back on his former political friends to identify himself Instead with conservative big Texas oil interests. That turn-about surprised no one who knew Johnson well. What the intimates said of him then ARTHUR CLARKE writes of new adventure quiet pleasure of confirmation, and the rest will have It all spelled out. Both groups are apt to find JIM JONES led mass suicide the arm during the airport attack on Ryan, when the congressman was escorting several defectors from the cult back to the U.S., and Jacobs, who replaced him in Ouyana, appear to have run down the whole story. Reiterman and Jacobs have produced a valuable journalistic history of Jones and Peoples Tem ple. It may not be definitive, but no other work comes close. Its virtues are thoroughness and clarity, Its defects, it seems, lie in the au- inors' insufficient emphasis on the perspective of black people who, after all. comprised 80 of the cult's membership; and a prose style which is often inade quate to deal with the subject matter. The BookRAck Thouarrf4 of Ifced Pbpefttxrcks' AN Vt the erlfllnal price or trade 2 fer I for feme price end type. 127 COURAIN AVI. Groftfaedi 74l-tV7l 11471 SMINOPIIL0 Ml ipOnfld 771-1014 7ttf MALL ID. Fkrtnc Square 17I-H1I Open 10-6 'V, 'H i ft i BY MARGARET JOSTEN Enquirer Art Critic Kip Eagen was half afraid University of Cincinnati students might take one look at the bold works by four contemporary artists and say, "Oh, abstract art," then back out of the Tangeman Fine Arts Gallery as quickly as possible. But the students gave a pleasant surprise to Eagen, who is director of Tangeman Gallery at the UC Tangeman Student Center. They're not only giving close attention to the evolution of abstract Illusion, which is represented in the show, but asking some serious questions. The 17 paintings created between 1974 and 1982 by Michael Gallagher, George Green, James Havard and Jack Lem-beck require a little study. ABSTRACT ILLUSIONISM Is acknowledged as the logical and most recent step in the history of trompe I'oell (pronounced tromp loy and meaning trick of the eye). It combines modern abstraction, or non-representation, with age-old illusion, that which tricks the eye Into accepting a work not as art but as the real thing. In the show, aptly titled "Beyond the Surface," both texture and dimension are Illusion created by the manipulation of light and shadow. Green's flashy, powerful paintings grab the viewer's eye first. His canvas flap constructions extend outward Into space. The pieces of the design within the canvas give the Impression one actually could reach into the painting and pluck out a fully dimensional half moon. Here, a comparison must be made with Zeuxls of the Fifth Century B.C., purportedly the first to do anything with Illusion In art. Zeuxls is said to have painted grapes so true to life that the birds came to pluck them off the canvas. Much later, William Michael Harnett, a master of texture and shadow, painted such Items as the violin that seemed ready to be picked up for that night's performance of the symphony. MICHAEL GALLAGHER'S paintings are lush with pink and purple and blue pastel pigments on varying levels on a physically flat surface. They are stylish and technically proflcient-the kind of art for corporate walls. James Havard Is an American Indian who Incorporates symbols from his heritage into his paintings. Beaded Indian At Large Representatives of "Circles of Deceit" report that representatives of the Lebanese government are applying pressure to get the movle-wfaich focuses on the political unrest in tht country-pulled from release. And a spokesman for Columbia's Triumph division reveals the Tdrklsh government wfOts "Yol," written JUmble Solution by Yilmaz he was Crossword I ft ak D.fc AK JTOB BERDBA A.N.EM, EDA SUBJECT TITLES American Indians Birds Drama Gardening Nature Animals Business Encyclopedias German Novels Antiques Children's Engineering Geography Philately Architecture Cincinnati England Glass Poetry Art Civil War Fiction History Pottery Arias Classics Fishing Lincoln Railroad Bibles Cook Books French Literature Science Biographies Dictionaries Furniture Mythology Travel On Art headbands, triangles representing teepees, desert colors, they all combine to give his paintings a floating quality. Jack Lembeck uses airbrush-ed tones, which appear as cast shadows, to heighten viewer awareness of textural paint planes. His work successfully combines elemental aspects of both abstraction and realism. The exhibit scheduled to remain on view for the general public through Dec. 10 was organized by Eagen in collaboration with the Louis K. Meisel Gallery of New York. Meisel comments In a note accompanying the show: "The abstract illusionists go beyond the few inches of tromp I'oell, and the illusion is extremely convincing until one actually touches the canvas. The eye and the mind have no real or previously experienced object to help analyze what is being seen." Eagen says Tangeman Is presenting the show to document a signlflant development in contemporary painting. "It also provides the Cincinnati area with the first comprehensive exhibition of this genre," he adds. It's the kind of show that opens new horizons to the viewer. PHOTOGRAPHER HANS Na-muth approaches his subjects with the no-nonsense credo of the photojournalism Tell the story. His photographs of 30 of the better-known artists of the day in most cases catch them "at home," as It were. There's very little glamour In this show. The Namuth portraits, accompanied In each case by a work of the artist, Is exhibiting through Dec. 31 at the Carl Sol-way Gallery, 314 W. Fourth St. Namuth's sense of humor, undoubtedly aided and abetted by his subjects, also Is a highlight of the exhibition. He poses pop artist Andy Warhol, for example, In front of what appears to be a painting from the Renaissance. Warhol's expression Is angelic. Warhol's own work hanging below Is typical: a can of Campbell's green pea soup. But the artists In most cases are exactly as we might expect them to be: Alexander Calder thoughtful in a studio hung with dozens of mobiles, John Cage's face moody and Intense above his turtleneck sweater, Louise Nevelson wading through a series of her sculptures, Josef Albers, his eyes closed, perhaps making a point In conversation. In a Turkish prison, dropped from distribution. KAl-IOJ audio i HOHB bULALOUBOlEX SEUTOGUDAP CCB I T5E STISA Oi CAPONnLOBuT ONA'Ll ONljD EN EBuRARE EYnDORDNAMET, I DDRil SDA.C.NE SENLJJ 0MNW.A NP GCfE'S TRUER AGLEJ 4 mi li'-i. HL.l EAlJGy ARA IP ARJ ULO.DE1. TR AC EnMLkTr lA'D'etre fN vS l'NfrV5l RggDSUSiEEKJ SB AUB Anp AKlFi He other two when they are released. Both woi and 2010 are evolu-. tlonary fables, looking not so much at the technological developments to be expected over the next generation (though those are plausibly set forth) as at what is back of human curiosity, the bravado that leads our odd species into new places. They are, like Clarke's earlier novel, Childhood's End, fictions exploring where we have come from, and where in this vast cosmos we might be heading. In that lies the exhilaration of Clarke's new novel: The hopefulness with which this veteran astronomer and writer lifts his eyes above the squabbling of our mundane lives to a vision of the future that may await our kind. 1902 ANNUAL BOOK and POST CARD AUCTION Sale Date December 5th 11:00 A.M. are from Estates of Private Colectors. REDS IOOKS ON MANY OTHER SUWICTS NOT LISTED AIOVI Exceptional Post Cards thousand and thousand of them. Akce'i Adventures in Wonderland. Original woodcut etching by: Salvador Dal. Harvard Classics, American Heritage, NewweekMonddorf sets: Leather Bound Coffee Table Books, Limited Edition dub. Valentine. Bilet doux. Souvenir paper cotoctor Item from lt quarter of 20th century, other paper MemorebiNa. For Colectors Dealer Ubrarle and the Book Trade J. Louis Karp Auctioneers Appraisers Gilbert Korp net; 1 iijJii RAVEN: THE UNTOLD STORY, OF THE REV. JIM JONES, AND HIS PEOPLE By Tim Reiterman, with John Jacobs; E.P. Duttonlnc; $17.95. BY ERIC BRAZIL Gannett News Service It's taken four years, but we finally have a detailed, coherent explanation of one the mass suicide of 913 Peoples Temple mem-bers in Jonestown, Ouyana. The Jonestown holocaust on Nov. 18, 1978, deep In the rain forest of the South American backwater of Guyana, was unique and so peculiar that it bordered on the incomprehensible. Reporters covering the story were hard pressed to explain the bare facts: That the followers of Peoples Temple leader Rev. Jim Jones committed mass suicide by drinking poisoned punch after a death squad murdered Congressman Leo Ryan and three newsmen in his party. Subsequent "in-depth" articles barely got below the surface, and a flurry of quickie books shed little light on the grisly subject. But San Francisco Examiner reporters Tim Reiterman and John Jacobs took the time to interview 800 people intimately connected with Jones and Peoples Temple and to review the hundreds of hours of Jonestown tapes, which preserved even the sounds of death on Jones' final "white night." REITERMAN, WHO was shot In Football Book In Lineup Now that the football strike is over, fans may want to supplement their viewing with a glance at The Armchair Quarterback, edited by John Thorn with David Reuther (Scrlbner's, hardcover, 119.95). This collection offers stories essays that span nearly a cen tury of the game, with writers as diverse as Red Smith, Hunter Thompson, Murray Kempton, Jimmy Cannon and Ogden Nash (wno provides a little gem about how he picked the wrong winner ofSuperbowIIH). WiUf VAllO CLlllrliUiUg UUC8 good Job of refuting claims that football is not as much of a "Writer's Game' as baseball. filmmaker Ouney while lncarcarated The Home Run Answers snS'T'A'bbi JUCR.UM featuring Johnny Bench The Home Run, that dramatic ninth inning one of October 10, 1972, has come to be called The Johnny Bench Home Run. The young man, then only 23, had hit 1 57 major league home runs at the time. And he's" hit a lot more since. But anyone in the Riverfront Stadium crowd will be hard pressed to imagine a more memorable one than the one Johnny Bench hit in the ninth inning of the fifth game of the 1972 National League Championship Series. That Home Run is captured in one of the Reds "Greatest Moments in Reds History" art print series. Available in a limited edition of 1 000 all signed and numbered by artist Clint Orlemann $35 I OTHER PRINTS IN THE SERIES include Double No-Hitftr featuring Johnny VanderMeer. The 1 976 World Champt (SOLD OUT). Pete Rose in Rose to th Occasion. George Foster and Ted Klusiewski in The Sluggers. MOr A JAR. tLULLJ LvANc. PliArrV VANDAL LEGUME ROM Rsnft SPVC MOPPEfl OVEPDO TG. 1 on display and available for Christmas giving 580 Gift Shop Ncib Eft? lei lt tun orrippr on tht ''-HOWREYOU IT.E ENUBe Answer to vm mir. S80 Buildinq, 6th A Walnut Open 7:30 to 7:00 Mattercord and Vita welcome Sunday, November 28, Cryptoquip: rrp pi ji yt a rrn it i a a 1 1 I-GOT FLAT TIRE.

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