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  • My group  did a spin on “the lesson”.  Our goal was to take the position of white families who were opened to helping but didnt voice that concern because it was easier to be quiet. I wanted the audience to assum […]

    • I’m glad to read that your group worked well together, and that you were able to fairly divide the work of creating and performing the skit. You did a nice job of following the form of the original story, including your own lesson, which was not identical to, but rather reflected, the lesson of the original. I also loved how your group played with the idea that spaces are classed, something we see in the original. Thanks for another wonderful semester.

  • It would be easier for me to address my thoughts on the second act if i go in chronological order.  Starting with the setting.

    Act two opens on the office evidently broken in to, which makes me believe that […]

    • I really enjoyed reading this blog. The scene between Lingk and Roma is pretty cringey and really hard to watch. I have to strongly disagree with your assessment of Levene though; he is not at all too good or too pure for this world. His moral orientation is right at home in that office; he just isn’t as good at it as some of the other players.

  • The Lesson by Toni Bambara, definitely hit home on several different different spectrums. For starters, I believe that post civil rights, there was a Miss Moore in every black neighborhood. Much like Dee from […]

    • Great analysis of this story. You do a good job of close reading Sylvia’s description of Miss Moore; I especially liked your discussion of her hair and its cultural implications. I also really like how you contrasted Miss Moore with Dee; while both women have an education, they do very different things with it. Your discussion of education within the black community is also really interesting, and I think that it speaks to a larger problem within the educational system. Where did this idea that education is a “white thing” emerge, and how can we shift perceptions about education to dispel that racist ideology?

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    I wanted to talk about things I loved in both fish cheeks and indian education.  

    To begin with Fish cheeks, i wanted to look at the narrator, and her position.  She is a young adult who comes from a ri […]

    • Great use of GIFs throughout the post. Thank you for sharing your personal experiences and connecting them to Tan’s desire to fit in, to assimilate. I also really enjoyed your discussion of “culture vulture” and how that relates to pressures to conform.

  • I have read two of the three articles assigned. I’ve read “Black men in Public space” and “everyday use”.  I read them for my writing 101 course over the summer with professor Dabovic. We spoke about how the bl […]

    • Great discussion of “Everyday Use.” The story explores debates within African American communities about history and heritage, a desire to reconnect with African roots while not forgetting about the lived history of people of color in this country. I also like how you position this as the difference between lived and studied heritage. I agree that Wright’s piece is really difficult to read: it is a constant assault of racism. We will talk in class about why Wright is largely submissive, and what other options were available to him.

  • I  love watching irony play out to its advantages.  I only wonder how severely did the Barbarians invade that mad the town cower so desperately within the time the magistrate was locked away, and if it was s […]

  • Chapter 3 baffles, excites and confuses me all at once. I am not surprised that the water supply began to diminish.  It is all a part of the deforestation process, I only feel bad for the natives who treated the […]

    • I agree that it is so hard to figure out what to feel about the magistrate, and even harder to determine how Coetzee wants us to feel about it. That is the trouble with unreliable narrators, we can’t take them at their word. I really like your analysis about how the dark and gloomy cell functions within the motif of blindness and how the magistrate’s experiences in the prison force him to see new things about the empire.

  • Finally ! we get to talk about the second half of the book! There are three points that i want to question and sort of blab about, so this blog is pretty much me ranting through topics and considering my own […]

    • Interesting discussion of the women of Marrisville. It does seem odd that the only effectively functioning town is run by criminals (Yorick certainly takes issue with it). Might Vaughan be suggesting something about the US criminal justice system?

      Some interesting things happen with those astronauts, but I’m not going to spoil it for you. 🙂

  • Reading this book has made me think about things that ive never considered. Like all the men in the world dying one of witch being my son.  The extreme illustrations of men bleeding from their eyes noses and […]

    • Sorry that this book gave you such a panic attack. I promise it’s not based on a true story. 🙂
      Nice job discussing the characters. I especially like the connection that you made between Yorick being an escape artist and his ability to escape death.

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    As I embarked on the journey that was the reading assignment, I began by reading A sorrowful woman.  Initially, I began to cry because at first I saw myself.  Too often have I become depressed to the point wh […]

    • I completely understand your reaction to this story. The sorrowful woman is hard to emphasize with. But I do think the story wants us to consider and challenge our expectations of women, in general, and motherhood, specifically. Do we demand the same sacrifices of men that we expect of women? Good job identifying common themes in these texts.

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    Please, Buy Me a Phone.

    By Xavier Roberson.

    As a mother and college student, I know the importance of making proper decisions that will positively impact my life and the life of your grandson.  That i […]

  • Why is it that some of my friends are always so displeased with the B’s and low A’s they get in chem and MAT125 when im here hype cuz i got a 56 on my last math exam.  Why me, why did i have to get thrown into […]

    • All of that food sounds absolutely amazing (especially that french toast!). I am all for eating healthy (my office mates give me a hard time because all they see me eating are fruits and veggies–and yes, a kale salad for my lunch), but Thanksgiving is a holiday, and I believe in indulging. You can get back to kale and ALEKS after a bit of a break. Sorry to hear that your semester has not been all that you might have hoped.

    • At this rate, I would be really happy to even pass chemistry or math with a B-. Getting A would be nice but I know that is impossible. A C is definitely unacceptable to me as it would not let me to get into a medical school. Anyway I can agree with you that Stony Brook makes things extra. Very EXTRA. Chemistry is hard. Math is hard. Even writing is hard with all the e-portfolio shit that we need to write just to pass the class. No other sunys or even IVY league schools makes chemistry as hard as Stony Brook would. I even remember one suny makes lab so much easier to understand compare to SBU. At one point, I had to annoy my sister for over 3 hours just to help me tutor on math to which the professor can’t teach (even though he is knowledge on his subject) . With that being said, if I can’t handle the stress as it was right now, then how would I even survive the hell in medical school.

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    Im not sure what to write about, i had great ideas over the week but i never wrote them down so here is a wild rampage of everything i was going to write about but cant fully remember, ENJOY!

    On day two […]

    • Great observation about Chiraq. The use of rhyming couplets also might be a reference to Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata,” which I believe was also written in rhyming verse in the original Greek. The fact that you take note of when the rhyme scheme is broken is also important. I am looking forward to reading your analysis.
      As a side note, I do hope that you do not find your eventual profession annoying. While every career has it downsides and its bad days, it is possible to do something that you love, something that won’t get old.

  • I have decided to analyse Spike lee’s Movie, Chiraq.  The movie takes place in southside chicago which has, for the longest, been one of the cities with the most black on black crime due to gang affiliation.  I […]

  • So im thinking of changing career paths. Instead of becoming a pediatrician, im thinking about becoming an fertility specialist.

    I am straying away from becoming a pediatrician because i started being honest […]

    • Part of being in school is figuring out what you want to do with your life–which can be incredibly daunting. I don’t blame you for coming to the realization that maybe you don’t want to be a pediatrician. If there is anything worse that kids, it’s sick kids. 🙂 It sounds like you’ve given a lot of thought to what you want to get out of your career and you’ve come to a conclusion that will be rewarding and will challenge you (in a good way).

  • I dont know why its so hard for me to make friends.  I’ve been bullied and fucked with for so long that i always think im being talked about, or unwanted.  Fortunately this weekend I got the best advice of my l […]

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            Many moons ago, in the poverty stricken areas of bikini bottom, lived two young boys, Sheldon Plankton and Eugine krabs.  The two boys were best friends.  They played together, they laughed togeth […]

    • Ha! I love this fanfiction. At least they are using imitation crab meat. Spongebob would have been a much darker show if it turned out the whole town was eating crab meat. I know that most of them are not crabs, but still– we know that crabs are sentient beings in this world. 🙂 The whole thing would be very Soylent Green.

  • There is a certain beauty that children hold.  They yield the power to keep together two grown ass people who hate each other. The only species I know that are smart enough to manipulate their parents, and yet, […]

    • Ha ha! Kids can be manipulative little stinkers, can’t they. And they do have very selective comprehension, it seems like. My nieces are not quite that adept yet, but they have all of us wrapped around their little fingers.

  • I really love food.  I love cooking.  I love eating.  I love watching the food network.  My favorite shows are the worst cook in america and master chef.  Every time I watch an episode I swear that i’m the owne […]

    • “mucus-y stink-y slime-y nasty-y”: I love the way that you are playing with language here (even if I disagree about eggs—they are delish). I also love your imaginary dialogue as a way to explore the ways in which certain foods and cultures are privileged on those kinds of shows. Nicely done.

      • Thank you! i love your class because ive always been afraid to play wit creativity and subliminal writing because people read whats in front of them instead of analyzing. I love the room for creativity. And we can agree to disagree about eggs lol. I like the idea of them but i vomit when i eat them. Im a slave to my stomach. haha.

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