Day 4: I’m loving picking an article for All the News That’s Fit to Blog each day. Today was a fun news day:
- Corporate execs pay capped at $500,000, with loopholes–boo-hoo I say to them.
- There was also an interesting op-ed piece discussing varying degrees of relationship happiness among families with children–definitely food for thought–especially for those of us in the “ambivalent” category.
- I enjoyed the article detailing the investigation and discovery of the identity of a Nazi war criminal who converted to Islam and lived his remaining years in Egypt.
- Hello Kitty is even doing battle with Barbie, it seems. (I included this for Ina, in case she’s reading this.)
- Finally, weird British spinsters are knitting things for animals, and truly captured the soul of a hamster–along with a magnificent photo.
So many choices! I picked a book review for today though, since the topic of the book is so baffling and intriguing to me. Reader’s Digest scooped the Times on this book review, I’m a bit saddened to say. I read a short review of this book in the January Reader’s Digest in the car over MLK weekend while we were driving up to Durham, NC. And, yes, my freakish memory that allows me to remember the exact moment I read it does scare me sometimes.
I’m very intrigued by this book, a work of non-fiction, unraveling the life of Clarence King, a moderately well-known 19th century explorer and scientist. Mr. King was a blond-haired, blue-eyed man who lived a life in (white) high-society that his fame afforded him. Yet he also went by the name Clarence Todd, married a former slave 19 years his junior, and successfully lived a dual life as an African American.
The article’s goes on to say that the book, “offers a fine, mesmerizing account of how one extremely secretive man, “acting from a complicated mix of loyalty and self-interest, reckless desire and social conservatism,” could encapsulate his country’s shifting ideas about race in the course of one family’s anything but black-and-white history.”