Information Overlord’s MLK Day Reading Guide

It looks like MLK doing a Malcolm X impression

What a weekend!  If I know my readers you’re either reeling and writhing on the floor wondering what happened or you’re leading an MLK day parade wearing that awesome hat and twirling that baton like you’ve never twirled before!  Either way here’s some reading material to load your conversation gun with. 

  • Depicting the most influential and widely loved civil rights leader as a giant, white, angry-looking man could have scarcely been worse for the new Washington MLK memorial.  That is, until I heard about the inscription.   Memorial planners bypassed using a quotation and opted for paraphrasing Dr. King (and paraphrasing him badly).  To me the paraphrase makes no sense.  To Maya Angelou it makes him sound like an “arrogant twit”.  Read about it here.
  • Damien  Hirst has gone and made the world his gallery.  Instead of hanging his dot paintings in one gallery for his latest exhibit, Hirst has spread them out over eleven galleries all over the world.  If you visit all of them you receive a Hirst print dedicated to you.  Basically, you have to be crazy rich to buy a Hirst or crazy rich to “win” a Hirst (or even see most of the exhibit).  Maybe I’m just in a contrary mood today, but I think it’s pretentious and pandering to jet-set collectors.  While I think it’s a bad idea, Blake Gopnik of the Daily Beast would disagree with me.  Read why here
  • Speaking of hating poor people…the Tampa Bay area isn’t exactly known for being friendly to the homeless.  And to St. Pete, who has been just plain mean, I’d like to echo the timeless words of TV’s Stephanie Tanner, “How rude!”  The Tampa Epoch has been attempting to help the homeless transition from panhandling to working through selling the paper at a profit they can keep.  Creative Loafing reports on the Epoch’s uphill battle, here.
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