I've been reading Parting the Waters over the past few days. It's the first volume in Taylor Branch's 3-volume biography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the powers that be have given it about every award you can give a work of history like this. The deaths of Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King, and the release of the third and final part of Branch's MLK trilogy, Canaan's Edge, got me interested in the subject of King in particular, and the civil rights struggle in general. I picked up the first two books in the trilogy and I've just now started into the first one. As a reader, I'd avoided biographies for a long time. I'm not sure exactly why; maybe I thought they were mostly dry recitations of dates and place and know now that great biographies can be every bit as absorbing and compelling as great novels. It's good, I think, to fill in the skeleton of American and world history I got from my public-school education with the muscle and sinew I get from biographies like this. Anyway, I'm not going to go into book report mode because I've only gotten through 150 pages of the massive tome that is Parting the Waters, but I'm already enjoying the hell out of it. Another 850 pages of eye-popping race-on-race action await me!
Well, it's getting on to midnight. I got to work on my Literary Smackdown entry so I can post that thing before too much more time passes.
Have a great weekend. I'm out.