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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 5

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Thursday, August 20, 1987
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THE BAYTOWN SUN Thursday, August 20, 1987 5-A AT CONVENTION JUAN CUELLAR, an engineer at Exxon Chemical Americas Baytown Chemical Plant, stands by the booth set up at the Texas Association of Mexican-American Chambers of Com- merce in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Houston. The booth featured an exhibit on the Community Awareness and Emergency Response (CAER) program as well as the plant's products. Exhibit of Kelly's work opens Sept. 13 FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A retrospective exhibition devoted exclusively to Ellsworth Kelly's works on paper opens at the Fort Worth Art Museum Sept. 13. The exhibition, which closes Oct. 25, will include 164 objects, encompassing figure drawings, portraits, collages and photographs, many of which served as studies for paintings and sculpture. Much of the material is from the artist's personal collection and has never been shown previously. Versatile writer leads double life BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) There are not two David Quam- mens who live in Bozeman and write for a living. It just seems that way. Quammen writes a monthly nature column, "Natural Acts." for Outside magazine. For that effort he has just won the prestigious National Magazine Award for essays and criticism. He is the same Quammen who writes novels billed by publishers as spy thrillers. For the 39-year-old Yale and Oxford graduate, former bartender and fishing guide, there is no schizophrenia in his efforts. The nature column usually begins with a focus on an obscure creature, plant or occasion in nature, with Quammen deftly using the seemingly irrelevant topic to work toward a larger theme, creating a thoughtful essay on nature and life. His first column for Outside asked: "What's Good About Mosquitos 11 " The essay concluded that mosquitos had kept people out of South America's tropical rain forests for centuries, protecting the delicate ecology. Although his latest novel, "The Soul of Victor Tronko," is •billed as a spy thriller. Quammen said it is more a story about getting to the depths of a person "It's a novel about the question of knowing and the limitations of knowing." he said. "It is difficult knowing the real essence of another human being." Based on a Central Intelligence Agency case, the novel is about a Russian spy who defects to the United States. The defector is placed in solitary confinement in a concrete vault for three years while the CIA tries to determine if the story that the man — Victor Tronko — is tolling is true or if he is working to become a counterspy. Quammen was inspired by hearing of the true case five or six years ago, and began the Ihree-year job of writing the novel four years ago. "There were ideas there that I'd been playing with for 10 or 12 years." he said. "1 decided to wrap it in a spy novel." His previous spy novel. "The Zolta Configuration," received good reviews and in 1983 was among the New York Times' notable books of the year. Quammen had a fast start as a writer, publishing a novel about the ghetto on Chicago's east side while still in college. "1 was prematurely out of print for 13 years." he said, laughing about that first effort before he drifted into obscurity. After graduating from Oxford, Quammen said, he was "sick of academics and ivy and real sick of the East'Coast," and decided to move to Montana to pursue fishing. Starting in Missoula in the early 1970s, he moved through cities and jobs, from bartending and waiting tables to technical writing and being a fly fishing guide in Missoula, Helena. Butlc and Ennis before landing the columnist job with Outside. He later moved to Bozeman. Quammen is now working on a non-fiction, natural science book, while continuing the nature column, an effort that takes him about one week a month. "1 start reading a lot of scientific journals, papers and books until 1 find a little thread of something crazy, stupid or improbable enough to be interesting," he said. In winning the National Magazine Award for essay and criticism, Quammen beat out competitors from magazines including Harper's. The Atlantic and Time. He also writes articles for Harper's. Rolling Stone and Esquire. Quammen said the magazine work complements the novel writing. "Sitting in a room and writing novels is the loneliest thing you can do — it's claustrophobic," he said. "It's a breath of fresh air to go to work on a magazine article for a while ... getting out and talking to people." TRAVEL TIPS Medical advice for travelers Be ready in case you get sick while traveling abroad. 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