"If there was one thing Rebecca Skloot was sure of when writing The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, it was that she did not want to profit from the Lacks family without giving something in return." (New York Times, 2011). While skimming through articles, admittedly bored and not excited for this assignment, the first line of this article from the New York Times caught my eye. Surprisingly I actually felt the need to read more, curiosity I guess. Curiosity is the theme of this article, too. The background of this novel is discussed, particularly the fact that it was only written because one woman acted on her curiosity to know more. However I chose this article because of the additional information it provided. That first line drew me in and attracted my attention. From there I learned that Skloot aimed to give the Lacks family everything they had been denied, which is exactly why she started the Henrietta Lacks Foundation: to provide the money the family should have received from her cells. To me this is incredibly selfless especially because Skloot started this foundation before even knowing how huge of a success her novel would be, without even worrying about failure and only thinking to help those in need. Honestly I've had times where I hesitated before helping people, thinking I'd worry about myself and my success first. It takes a lot of compassion to be able to do something like Skloot.
Cohen, Patricia. "Returning the Blessings of an Immortal Life." The New York Times. The New York Times, 04 Feb. 2011. Web. 23 Jan. 2017.
The reading from an excerpt of "Exploring" discussed how we as people are drawn to the extraordinary, for example the story of Alice in Wonderland. Throughout this reading the concept of research as an art was defined as not viewing research as a map, but rather using genuine curiosity to reach conclusions. I seriously struggle with curiosity in some areas, and would rather not find the motivation to discover more. Therefore with this article I tried to channel my curiosity and look into different perspectives of Alice in Wonderland, inspired by the idea that people reading the same things reach different conclusions. Simply typing into google "the history of Alice in Wonderland" provides some legitimate sounding perspectives, as well as some so far fetched I began to wonder how far someone should stretch before creativity just doesn't make sense anymore. Some of the more interesting ideas I saw included the idea that Lewis Carroll was on drugs while writing and also that the entire story is meant to be a dream (Fairhurst, 2015). Another disturbing, and possible far fetched because not well proven, fact behind the story is Carroll's close relationship with young girls (The Telegraph, 2015). After reading these articles I have realized that the entire story doesn't freak me out just because of Tim Burton's creepy rendition, but also because of the history behind it. Sometimes curiosity and our infatuation with the extraordinary just leads to uncomfortable discoveries.
Douglas-Fairhurst, Robert. "Alice in Wonderland – What Does It All Mean?" The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 20 Mar. 2015. Web. 23 Jan. 2017.
The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group, n.d. Web. 23 Jan. 2017.