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January 16, 2004

3 Down, 49 To Go

I finished my third book of the year, The Color Of Water, A Black Man's Tribute To His White Mother, last night. The book started very slow for me, but as the dual stories of the mother and son took off, I was swept into their lives. The story of the triumph of will through faith and hard work, I'd easily recommend this book to anyone looking for an interesting peek into race in America.

Next up is the novel, Girl With A Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier (and now a major motion picture, as is stamped on the newer paperback copies). My sister-in-law recommended this book a while back. My wife read this and thought it "good" but not ground-shaking, I'm eager to form my own opinion about this story concerning one of Vermeer's models. Vermeer holds a special place in my heart. A couple of years ago the painter, Arnold Friberg (the only Academy Award nominee I've ever had dinner with) sent me a Christmas card (soon after his trip to Holland to study the Old Masters), with a drawing of himself nose to nose with a Vermeer portrait. In the drawing, his wife is pulling him away, saying "Don't get so close, Arnold, they'll throw us out, AGAIN!!!"

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