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  • The book was very confusing from the beginning but the movie made it more understandable. For one I thought that Aaronow was the one who was going to take the leads from the office. So, it makes no sense why we […]

    • Good analysis of Roma and Levene’s interaction after Levene makes the Mountain View sale. It demonstrate just how competitive the sales world is. Roma was certainly not interested in working with Levene when Levene was on the bottom of the board, but now a partnership might serve Roma’s self-interest. Good analysis in the shift we see in Levene’s character; he does become incredibly arrogant after the sale, trying to exert power over Williamson, and that ultimately leads to his downfall.

  •      In the beginning of Act 2, I seem to notice a lot of ellipse. The use of it makes the dialogue confusing because the sentence is so short and cut off so suddenly. Also based on the description before the “a […]

    • Good analysis of how Mamet uses dialogue to convey character. Roma’s verbal dominance over Williamson conveys something about the power dynamic between the two men. Also, good observation about the importance of words and talking in the play; as a salesman, you need to be very careful what you say. Act 2 starts the morning after the burglary occurred. So some time has passed between the actual crime and what is happening now. The reasons they stole the phones was so that it would look less suspicious, less like an inside job.

  •      These week readings are ehh so-so. All three articles are a bit long for me to read and I kinda lost my interest towards the end.

         First of all, the eating of Annabel and Midge concerns me. Eatin […]

    • Ha! I love your discussion of Midge and Annabel’s diet–Parker’s description of the food is wonderfully disgusting and I get grossed out every time I read it. What do you make of the fact that this is what they consume? Midge and Annabel are not anti-fur activists. Midge is okay with mink, just not silver fox. The silver fox is decried as “common.” What are the connotations of that word? Why might it cause Midge to object?

  • JASPARLING wrote a new post, Blog 8 3 weeks ago

    These three readings were not my favorite but they were very enlightening and I felt something after reading all of them.

     

    The Garden Party reading was weird to me but I think I didn’t quite understand it […]

    • I think you are confusing the titles of “The Lesson” and “Standard of Living” in this post. But your discussion of “The Lesson” is very insightful. I like your point about the things that we take for granted and about how we could all probably spend a little less on ourselves and a little more on helping others. In “The Standard of Living,” the silver fox coat is deemed “common.” What is the connotation of that word? Why do you think that only Laura cared about the dead man? How firm is she in her convictions? What is the man’s relationship to the Sheridan family?

  •      I think this week reading has been enjoyable to me. I find especially “Indian Education” and “Fish Cheeks” easy to understand. The last one was just to wordy and I have a hard time figuring out who is the nar […]

    • In this post, you do a nice job of relating to Tan and her experiences. I also find the places where your experiences diverge from hers; it goes to show how localized (and potentially embarrassing) some of these customs are. Good reading of the lesson that Victor learns from Randy in “Indian Education;” he learns not to be passive, but as you say, to take control and fight back.

  • I really enjoyed these readings because of the humorous titles but also the message behind all of them.

     

    Indian Education was a little jarring to read at first but as I continued I realized that growing up […]

    • I understand your frustration with “Never Marry a Mexican,” and I hope that our class discussion will help to explain some of what the heck is going on with Clemencia. Good discussion of “Fish Cheeks” and “Indian Education.” You do a nice job of pulling out some of the themes in those pieces.

  • Amy Huang wrote a new post, Blog 6: 1 month ago

    It’s a pity how the blacks are still treated to this day no different if it was in the Jim Crow era. I see the narrator try to explain the situation to her mom thinking she would understand. I would usually think […]

    • I like the connection that you make between the race relations we see present in the Wright’s story and those in contemporary American society. It is still very dangerous to be a man of color in America. Why do you think Wright’s mother responded to him the way she did?

  • Most of these readings were enlightening but also quite sad. The reading Everyday use stood out to me the most. The fact that it reminded me of some of the struggles that an African American mother has to go […]

    • Good observations about these texts. One thread that we can trace through them, I think, is that it is dangerous to be of color in America. And this continues today. The racial profiling experienced by Staples and the police brutality experienced by Wright are not too far off from the experiences of people of color today. We have made progress as a country, but not nearly enough.

  •       I find it strange how the magistrate compares himself to an animals. He licked his food liked an dog and has no sense of clean hygiene. Animals is usually referred to the barbarians because of their ac […]

    • Great observation about the connections between the barbarians and the magistrate. What do you think is the significance of that comparison? You also do a good job of discussing the breakdown of social order in the town. It is worth considering what is causing this breakdown: is it the barbarians or something else?

  • The ending of the book is so confusing to me, I think it has some underlying message. So, after the magistrate endures all of that torture we get fast forwarded to months past that day. I hated that because I […]

    • I understand your confusion at the end of the book . And why you see the magistrate as a “perv.” It is worth noting that his sex drive seems to be directly connected to how much power he has, which is interesting. As far as the ending of the barbarian plot, the title of the novel does warn us… we are going to be waiting for the barbarians.

  •       During the travel where they were passing the lake, I saw that the lake looks as if it is getting very salty. I just connect it to the conversation with the young officer to the magistrate where they were sa […]

    • Good observations about the saltiness of the lake. I believe that it is implied in the novel that they have set up irrigation systems, so they are using the water from the lake to water their crops. The charges of consorting with the enemy are not because he had sex with the girl (most of the people in the town assumed he was doing that the whole time, but because he went out to the barbarian lands and met with them.

  • I feel bad for the magistrate, in the beginning of the book I felt he was a good guy. Despite turning a blind eye to Jolls abusing, he did a lot of good things. Now we see him in chapter 3 and 4 and I feel so bad […]

    • Good discussion of the shift in the Magistrate’s relationship with the girl. Why do you think their relationship changed?
      The torture scenes are pretty brutal. We see the effects of the Othering that occurred earlier in the book: the barbarians are dehumanized and, so, they are treated like animals.

  •       In the second half, I was wondering about the change in Hero’s appearance and behavior. In volume 1 I see that she seems quit lively in that the way she is portray and illustrated by the author. When I saw […]

    • Great observation about the shift in Hero’s appearance– she does look more masculine as the comic goes on. The removal of her breast is a way to mark her membership to the Amazons (they all do it). Also, I think you are right about Victoria, and I look forward to talking about it in class. Good questions about the male astronauts–they do get answered in later volumes, but I’m not going to spoil them here.

  • The second half of the book was complete trash, now let me explain why I think so. First, Yorick is falling in love with Sonia. The whole time he was doing the absolute most to find Beth, Beth this Beth that. Now […]

    • Okay woah there Jasmine, You is bugging my girl. It wasn’t that bad. You literally just took all the bad parts of it and talked about them but what you forgot to mention is the good aspects such as the fact that Victoria is dead and that nothing bad happened to 355. Imma have to disagree with some of what you said cause i feel like its those moments that make the book good.

    • Hero is a difficult character, and I don’t blame you for being angry with her. I do hope, though, that our conversations in class this week will help you to understand you. As for Yorick’s love life, I agree that the stuff with 355 does come a bit out of no where (though note that she says that she “wants” him, not that she “loves” him–a distinction that I think is important). I, too, wish they had kept Sonia alive–I really liked her. As for the astronauts… well some interesting things happen there, but I’m not going to spoil it for you.

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  •      I think this comic book was fairly interesting and confusing as well. There was really no typically “introduction” of time where the author introduces the story in terms of time, date or even characte […]

    • The structure of this comic is a bit confusing, largely because it uses a literary technique call “in media res” which is Latin for or “in the middle of things.” It does throw you into the middle of the story, and provides the backstory only later. Good discussion about the surviving women’s power struggles. Is this what we might expect to happen, given the gender stereotypes about men and women? Great observation about the “Y” at the end first volume. There are “Ys” hidden throughout the illustrations.

  • The last man was a book about a gendercide that happens and the entire male species is erased except for one man Yorick and his male Ampersand monkey. I found the gender topic in this book interesting, I have […]

    • Hero’s storyline is upsetting. During class next week, I want to spend some time discussing why she might have joined the Amazons. You do a nice job of discussing what this book is trying to say about gender inequality. Why do you think Vaughan is challenging ideas that women are pacifists? What is suggesting about gender stereotypes?

  • This reading was intense, at first, I was engaged because they said she already had heart problems and she was about to receive some bad news. So, I’m thinking she’s going to die (I was low-key right) but then as […]

    • You do a nice job of tracing your affective reaction to this story. It’s short, but, as your post demonstrates, it’s an emotional rollercoaster. The ending is a bit confusing, and we will definitely talk about it in class. Also, I lean toward your first interpretation of the title: I think that the events of the story happen over the course of an hour. The original title of the story was actually “The Dream of an Hour.” Does that title change the way you read the story?

  • Both reading are confusing to me. The words are too deep meaning that I had to think harder. I had to read them a couple of times to understand minimally what it is trying to convey. Not just what it is there but […]

    • It is okay if the stories confused you. Like I said in class, these blogs are a space for you to work through your ideas. I like that you are thinking about this story in terms of gender politics. You also do a really good job of talking about the ending of the story. It is her joy that kills her–just not the joy of seeing her husband again. She is killed by the loss of joy when her future of freedom is taken away.

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