ROLAND FLAMINI was a Time magazine correspondent mainly in Europe and the Middle East. Some of the major developments he covered were Black September in Jordan, the fall of the Shah in Iran, the funeral of Gamal Adel Nasser, and the assassination of Anwar Sadat, the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, and the US bombing of Libya. In Rome, he reported on the death of every pope since Pope John XXIII. A stint as Time's Hollywood correspondent left him wondering how he got there, but once there, he enjoyed it. He has also written (among others) for World Affairs journal, the Woodrow Wilson Quarterly, The National Interest, The New Republic, and has been a regular contributor on art and culture to Town & Country, The Washington Times, and Architectural Digest.