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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Derby Reportage

1.) In this story the reporter seems to be writing really fast but still capturing a good image of the race. The way it was going I didn't think that the horse was going to fall and trio the others. Overall this writer uses good vocabulary and good description of the race. Tone is exciting and the diction he uses makes you have a clear picture of the race.

2.)This article was more about one person in general Diane Crump who was the first women jockey. She fought to become a jockey and had a good career. She eventually retired and started breeding and training horses professionally.

3.) When you read all these articles and then you get to Hunter S. Thompson's you have a completely different view of journalism. He talks about the things happening, the setting, peoples expressions and other things like himself! Your never supposed to address yourself in journalism but he broke the law and did it anyway.     

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Ch. 1-2 Slaughter House Five Notes

    As the first chapter begins you can see that the author is talking about himself and is the narrator. This makes this story so much different then any other book. The story starts out about him talking about the Dresden fire bombings. They raise money and go there to re-visit the place they were held captive in during the war in hope to spark enough emotion or information to write a book. He is pretty much telling us the story of how he wrote about the war that he was in and what he had to do. Its really breaking the fourth wall and giving a different perception on the book.

    In chapter 2 Billy Pilgrim is introduced and its all about him. While in war Billy can get un-stuck in time and relive a past moment or future one. This chapter to me is even more strange then the first because the way he refers to getting un-stuck in time. I think this is partly to show the affect of war on a person and how they can feel when they're in middle of a hell hole. Being a POW like Vonnegut was could cause you to think differently or act changed because of the things they experienced. I think Billy Pilgrim is there to capture that aspect of the war 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Short Story Remix

I don't very much like the idea of trying to recreate what one person has already done so I'm going to explain the meaning of The Great Gatsby. Fitzgerald wrote this book to encompass a much larger idea then love itself even though it is a love story. He shows how in the 1920's a lot of people lost sight of what the American dream truly was. Gatsby throws all these huge parties not caring about money and in my eyes he has stopped dreaming completely. The only thing he didn't poses was Daisy and this is a direct example that money can't bring you happiness. With all the wealth that is in East Egg and West Egg the people really start to lose social connections with other people. I want to say the Fitzgerald very much wanted to be rich and that in the pursuit of happiness in life he figured out that money wasn't the key. His wife Zelda opened his eyes to this when she agreed to marry him then said no because he didn't have the money to support her. Zelda was very materialistic in my eyes and just wanted to party all the time but she had Fitzgerald's attention. This sets the central theme of the book which is to never stop dreaming and to not let your life me consumed by material things which was happening a lot during the 1920's.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Modernist Author Intro: F. Scott Fitzgerald

1.  He came up with the term "Jazz Age" and was regarded as one of the greatest American authors.

2. He was from an Irish Catholic family and he spent the first decade of his life in Buffalo, New York where he attended two catholic schools.

3. He published his first detective story in a school newspaper at the age of 13 then at 15 he went to Newman skill where he met Father Sigourney Fay who encouraged him to pursue his literary talents.

4. He eventually would make it into Prenston where he would own his writing skills by joining many writing groups and clubs.

Vocab List #3

Chronic - Constant or habitual. Joe seemed to have a problem of being a chronic liar.

Sentiment - an attitude, thought, or judgment prompted by feeling. Sometimes me and my friends share the same sentiment about things.

Morality  - Conformity to the rules of right conduct; moral or virtuous conduct. Sandra questioned her morality when considering to get an abortion.

Remorse - Deep and painful regret for wrongdoing; compunction. Aldous Huxley felt writer's remorse many year after writing his book "Brave New World'

Defect - A fault or imperfection. The man was enraged because his new TV set came with a defective remote controller.

Acquaintance - A person known to one, but usually not a close friend. Eric was not yet and acquaintance with Rachel, which is why he kept asking me to introduce him.

Sanity - The state of being sane; mental soundness. It was clear that after returning from war Patrick had lost a bit of his sanity.

Implication - Something implied or suggested as naturally to be inferred or understood. John asked Hailey if she was free Friday night with the implication he would like to do something with her.

Alternative - One of the things, propositions, or courses that can be chosen. To reduce pollution we should find alternative sources of fuel and energy

Savage - Uncivilized; barbaric. Cowboys believed Native American Indians were nothing but savages.

Phenomenon - Something that is impressive or extraordinary. A red tide is a natural phenomenon that kills see life.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Parlor Scene

I'm thinking about the parlor assignment even though nobody else really is and I have came uo with some ideas. I've been listening to a lot of music lately and I came across a song I hadn't heard in a while. The song is called Don't Ever F*@K!n6 Question That by Atmosphere and the last minute and thirty seconds have a high amount of meaning in it to me. Here is the verse I am thinking about using.

riding the public transit,
I study the blank stares to answer my questions of how and why I got so many
grey hairs. I take care of the nervous that runs through my extension cord,
and I reflect on that reoccurring dream where we met the Lord.
single file lines, to give her a pound one at a time but when I faced her-
I attempted to embrace her, she looked so fine,
I awoke from my sleep before her bodyguard had a chance to beat me to
submission and I still walk with my religion.
I watched the children scurry in circles around a two-way mirror,
worrying about which side of the glass projects the reflection clearer.
hear the whispers of the wind trying to get me to grin,
gassing' me up about the love that I plucked and I've been stuck within,
for every eclipse that stares at me from the other side of a paper cup of
I light a match beneath a kettle,
and for every set of lips that become attached and equipped with that program
to seek success, I bleed my ethics out a slow drip.
I used to know a man who met a woman, don't remember where,
big beautiful eyes and light brown hair,
she was from the burbs, he was from the south side of the city,
this was back when Franklin avenue was still pretty.
two different worlds apart, but the world is just a small town-
we all know how people like to get down.
here we go, Aquarius, Pisces,
feel the flow of the fluid as I swim through it to free my soul.
bush shoved the cane without the glove numbed the pain.
the magic from up above what it does for the brain,
make the love, paint the picture, write the song, the player met a virgin
made a Virgo named him Sean.
make the love, paint the picture, write the song, the player met a virgin
made a Virgo named him Sean.
make the love, paint the picture and write that song till the break of dawn.