Human Interest gives us a rare glimpse into the Human Condition

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If you would have said the phrase "Human Interest" to me before I read this chapter, you would not have garnered much of a positive reaction from me.  Dog befriending Duck, Dog befriending Elephant, Dog nurses Kittens, or any other combination of Dogs, Kittens, or any other cute animal that not only barely passes as newsworthy, but also serves as the antithesis of Hard News. However, this chapter introduced me to a less common form of the Human Interest piece, one that actually focuses on human beings.

The example given to us in Chapter 7 is a 1979 article from The Washington Post, entitled "Dr. Seuss: Wild Orchestrator of Plausible Nonsense for Kids".  While I never thought that there was much meaning behind much of the famed author and illustrator's work, this article gives us a look into Dr. Suess's "Plausible Nonsense".  The article opens with a story told by the author about a seemingly inconspicuous pile of turtles that he once drew, that he used to explain Hitler's rise to power in Europe.  The story showed that he not only had a great understanding of culture and society, but that he often put much more meaning in his stories than what was readily apparent.  While it would normally take several hundred pages of a long, drawn-out biography to bring a reader to an understanding of a person like this, this article did so in only a few hundred words.  It is human interest pieces like this that give us a brief, and enjoyable glimpse into (instead of a long, awkward stare at) a person's life.

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