COVER: Making a List
Are you searching for ways to improve your life? Your local newsstand just may have a list or two of ideas. More and more magazines promise everything from a fatter wallet to a flatter stomach, in just a few simple steps.
Not interested in self-improvement? Then there’s probably a different sort of list for you. If you’re figuring out what to do before you die, try your neighborhood bookstore for compilations of the top 1000 movies to see, places to go, or foods to eat….while you still have time. There’s also a website that posts millions of suggestions about how to spend your days on earth. And now a soon-to-be-released Rob Reiner film will offer its own take on the phenomenon known as “life lists.”
So why is America so list-crazy? We’ll ask director Rob Reiner, along with Men’s Health editor-in-chief, David Zinczenko, “Book of Lists” author, David Wallechinsky, and pop culture professor, Robert Thompson.
ALMANAC: Presidential Dogs
ART: At the Circus
Mervyn King led an extraordinary life. Abandoned by his parents as an infant, given away to a traveling circus in Australia as a young boy, Mervyn King grew up to be ‘Mr. Circus’ in Australia - the ringmaster, lion tamer, clown and more in his own traveling circus during the 1940s and 50s. And for months at a time Mervyn would take his young son out of boarding school and bring him along to experience life with the circus. Young Sonny King eventually would take a different path, and make his way first to England and then to America and a successful career as a graphic designer. But those boyhood memories of circus life never left him. Now, more than half a century later, Sonny King is telling his story in an artful tribute - a series of dioramas depicting Mervyn King and his circus - now on display at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. Correspondent Jerry Bowen talks with Sonny King about his art, and his father, and life with the circus, in this Sunday Morning profile.
NEW SEASON: At the Movies
The fall film season is upon us, the time that many moviegoers eagerly anticipate, when the studios release many of their best films, films they think may be contenders come Oscar time. With Los Angeles Times Film Critic Kenneth Turan as our guide, we look at some of the new films coming soon to a multiplex near you.
NEW SEASON: At Museums
SUNDAY PROFILE: Queen Latifah
With her new album of jazz standards, Travlin’ Light, Queen Latifah, the rapper-turned-actress, is making music once more. Sunday Morning correspondent Rita Braver caught up with the busy artist and discovered that for this Jersey girl, easy lies the crown.
NEW SEASON: On Stage
A look at some of what’s new on stage this fall… in LA, Chicago, New York and London...
Cynthia Bowers in Chicago
Sandra Hughes in Los Angeles
Anthony Mason in New York
Richard Roth in London
The kazoo. Is it a musical instrument or New Year’s Eve noisemaker? The controversy rages. This Sunday Morning Bill Geist pays homage to this perennially popular and arguably most annoying instrument at the 100th anniversary Original Kazoo Company in Eden, NY, at an attempt in Harlem, NY, to break the world record for the largest kazoo band, and introduces us to a woman campaigning to have the kazoo named America’s national instrument.
NATURE: Alberta Falls, in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park Source: