The enigmatic Clarence Thomas.

Orlando Patterson offers an incisive analysis of Supreme Discomfort:  The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas (2007) in today’s NYT Sunday Book Review

Blawgletter came away from the review almost wanting to read the book, which more than any other biography of Thomas appears to balance his warm personal relations against his extreme, even cruel conservatism.  But the contradictions remain too raw and ugly for us. 

Kudos to Patterson for bringing them to life, making Thomas both more attractive and more repellent at the same time.

Barry Barnett

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