An Alaskan Escape and an American Dream

 alaska-1Alaska photo courtesy of Alejandro Gonzalez

It’s been a while since I talked about books here on the blog. But I always have a book on the go — it’s my way to wind down after a busy day.

My current read is Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers. I was introduced to his writing last year by a colleague who loaned me The Circle, Eggers’ dystopian fiction book about a futuristic tech company which starts to infiltrate the lives of its employees to a disturbing degree. For a full review, check out my post: Books I Read in September.

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Friday round-up

Here’s what I saw on the internet this week, in between my study sessions for upcoming exams:

News of an upcoming movie, based on a true story and set in England during the early 1800s, about the mixed-race daughter, Dido Belle, of an admiral in the Royal Navy. Dido was raised by her wealthy great-uncle and his wife in their aristocratic country home. Despite the privileged class of society in which she was brought up, she was restricted by the colour of her skin and shunned by people around her.

Here is an article which explains her story in greater detail: Dido Belle: the slave’s daughter who lived in Georgian elegance. I am looking forward to seeing the movie. Dido had a unique and fascinating life; I don’t know of any other mixed-race or black people who were members of the upper classes during a time when racism was the norm.

In other news, I wasn’t expecting to see breakdancing monks on my Facebook feed this week! The video in the link is fun to watch!

Finally, do you live in/near New York City? Fancy finding out which neighborhood is the most rat-infested? Check out the interactive rat information portal! I found the name of this very amusing when I heard about it: the name of the portal makes it sound like it is supplying information to the rodents themselves. 😉

Have a fun Friday! Have you spotted anything interesting and/or amusing on the interwebz this week?