The Washington Post (registration required) intrigued me with a brief profile of stylish photographer Zaida Ben-Yusuf, whose work is being shown at the National Portrait Gallery. The profile said she lived from 1869 to 1909 and emphasized that she died at the startlingly young age of 40.
I went to the National Portrait Gallery’s site only to discover that Ben-Yusuf died in 1933. She did indeed turn 40 in 1909 — but it was her mother, Anna, who died shortly thereafter.
I’m like the Trivial Psychic of newspaper editors. No factoid is too small for the Trivial Editor.
I hope the National Portrait Gallery won’t get all copyright on my ass for borrowing this lovely self-portrait by Ben-Yusuf in order to promote the show. If I get back down to DC, I’ll definitely go see it. The show runs till Sept. 1.
While I’m talking about the Post, I recommend this analysis of rising food prices. The role played by the ethanol frenzy is of particular interest to me.
And now for something totally unrelated and much more cheerful: Anyone who was ever a child MUST read blogger Sandra Evertson’s wonderful post on her box of treasures. (If you sprang full-grown from your father’s head, you might not appreciate this one.)