Someone should sit down, have a talk with the irascible, ill-mannered actor Sean Penn and point out that when photographers are no longer interested in taking pictures of him and his wife, pop singer Madonna, the couple will probably be looking for work. Penn is in trouble again for allegedly attacking a journalist, this time over the weekend in Macao. Penn and his bodyguard were questioned at police headquarters there after a journalist for the Hong Kong Standard newspaper said he was assaulted when he tried to photograph Madonna and Penn when they arrived at their hotel in the Portuguese territory.
This season's show biz couple are in Macao, 50 miles west of Hong Kong, making the film "Shanghai Surprise," starring Madonna as a missionary in prewar China and Penn as a destitute salesman. The journalist told police he suffered a bruised neck when Penn and the bodyguard grabbed him and tried to take his camera. Penn already faces two lawsuits in the United States for assaulting a British reporter and photographer who attempted to interview the couple in Nashville last year. Penn was fined $100 and given a suspended 90-day sentence after pleading no contest to the two counts of assault and battery in that case. Nixon's Salute to Fiction
Former president Richard M. Nixon is not someone most people would turn to for advice on works of fiction. By his own admission, he hasn't read fiction in years. Recently, however, he did read a book, "The Mind Palace" by Steve R. Pieczenik, a psychiatrist who has been a deputy secretary of state and has worked for the National Institute of Mental Health. Nixon was so taken with Pieczenik's novel that he favorably compared it with "War and Peace," and sent a note to Pieczenik telling him so.
The book is about the mistress of a Soviet leader who is taken to a psychiatric ward after the leader's death. Pieczenik is an expert on Soviet psychiatry and is a hostage negotiator. In his note Nixon wrote: "When I read Tolstoy's 'War and Peace' 50 years ago I felt I was living in 19th century Russia. You were able to create the same feeling with regard to Russia today -- though admittedly in considerably less space." Pieczenik also received a fan letter from Secretary of State George P. Shultz. Strom's Show and Tell
It was the letter "B" as the theme for last week's show and tell at the Oak Hill Elementary School kindergarten class in Herndon, so why not Daddy's boss? That was the logic of Erin Goodin, 5 1/2. Her father Mark Goodin is the Senate Judiciary Committee's press secretary. At a staff Christmas party a few weeks ago, while sitting on the lap of her daddy's boss, Sen. Strom Thurmond, she whispered her request that he be her show-and-tell subject.
So last Friday afternoon, Judiciary Committee Chairman Thurmond was at Oak Hill to hear Erin introduce him as being from South Carolina, as she is, and being her "daddy's boss who helps President Reagan run the country." There was no report as to whether the other children were impressed. End Notes
With the announcement that the American Institute of Architects has selected Arthur C. Erickson to receive its highest honor, the Gold Medal, that means there are or soon will be three buildings on Pennsylvania Avenue designed by AIA Gold Medal winners. Erickson, a Vancouver architect, is designing the Canadian Chancery on a site across Pennsylvania Avenue from the National Gallery's East Building, which was designed by Gold Medal winner I.M. Pei. Another winner is Romaldo Giurgola, whose firm designed the J.W. Marriott Hotel at National Place. He didn't win for the hotel, which is one of the least attractive buildings on the avenue . . .
Aldo Gucci, 80, the last surviving son of the Gucci fashion empire, has handed over $1 million to the U.S. Treasury and promised to pay another $6 million before he is sentenced on his guilty plea to tax evasion charges. He said in U.S. District Court in New York that he failed to report at least $11.8 million in income between 1977 and 1982. He is to be sentenced in April . . .
Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, a man who knows how to live well, is on the move again. He's been staying in a luxury hotel in Nepal after leaving India two weeks ago, where he had been after being invited to leave the United States. Now his associates are saying Nepal's climate is bad for his health and that the self-proclaimed holy man is considering moving to either Australia or Sweden . . .