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January 26, 2006

How to read literature like a professor :19 and 20

Just a couple questions about the selection we read...I don't quite understand how geography can be mostly people when it comes to poetry and fiction? Maybe I'm just not thinking outside the box...is anyone confused on this one as well?

"Geography can also define or even develop character." I agree with this quote, found on page 167 in the book, How to Read Literature Like A Professor. I know for sure, if I would have grown in the city, I would definately not be the person I am today. Because I do live in the country, I have been, as some would say "sheltered" from the real world. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, but living in New York City for instance, would have definately defined or developed my character in a totally different way.

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A little too ironic, yeah I really do think...

Let me start out by saying, HAHAHAHA. This online story was pretty ironic and funny. I must say that I didn't understand the first 5 aragraphs. The information that was being given seemed to be worthless and boring. I could not stay focused and was wondering, did anyone else have the same problem? I found the selection easier to read after getting to familiarize myself with the character named, Warren McIntyre. I found this short story to be compared to a book that I read over break called, Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging. It was the typical chick flick novel, however it was very entertaining...and a little young for my reading. I can compare it to this story tho because it was about two girls who are best friends (in our story, they were cousins) and the one girl absolutely despised the other one. I suppose you would have to read the book, but in my mind, the two clicked together. I found it to be ironic that, on her way out, Bernice clipped off Marjorie's braids after getting her's cut to a bob-styled haircut. I thought it was a very creative way to end the story. Does anyone have anything to say about what the story represented? I was trying to think about it...and I am still thinking...

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January 24, 2006

Quote from Chapter One

Elyse Branam
January 24th, 2006
Quote #1

“Always” and “never” are not words that have much meaning in literary study. I not only recognized this quote in the book, How to Read Literature Like a Professor, but I have began to apply it to my life. Up until recently I have had, for the most part, a pretty worry-free life. I mean, hey, that’s what parents are there for…right? They worry about when to pick you up from practices, games and school, while they make sure you have done your homework, not watched too much television and have gone to bed at a decent hour so you would be prepared for the following day. And this routine was what I thought my life would always be like that. Granted, I knew the fact that I would someday be on my won, but I still figured that the people who loved me would be there to take care of me.
Now that I am attending college at Seton Hill University, mind you that it is only one hour away from my home town, I have realized that things will never stay the same…no matter how hard you want them to stay that way. For instance, my friends from back home…there were about ten of us that always hung out. However, now we have gone our separate ways and hardly ever hang out because we have other priorities such as college or work. Another instance happened to me over the summer…the day of my graduation party, July third, 2005. My grandfather died of cancer. We all knew it was coming…his death; however it was so hard to picture him gone. Why? Because we were used to his presence in our lives. After losing someone who I had been so close to throughout my whole life, I realized that things will never stay the same. Yes, I would very much like to everything to be how it used to be…when I would turn my grandfather’s bears upside down every time I visited his house…or every time I would ring the doorbell before entering the house just to hear him say, “Elyse…why in the world do you have to ring that doorbell?” I guess that is just how life is. You can never bring back the old times but you can always remember the good times and laugh or cry depending on the type of remembrances. I will admit it first hand…it’s hard to change your style of living. Look at us college students…I’m sure we have all had times when we just wanted a comforting hug from our parents or to walk in the kitchen and smell a delicious meal that is being prepared. The fact is, in reality, things will never be like that again. I’m sure there are people who miss this as much as I do…but that’s what growing up is. It’s not going to be easy but it is something we all have to do.
Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets. Love the people who treat u right, forget the ones who don't, and realize that everything happens for a reason. If u get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said it would be easy...
they just promised it would be worth it

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January 23, 2006

Literary Hero

Elyse Branam
January 23, 2006
Literary Hero

Webster’s dictionary defines the word “hero” as “A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life.” Jack Kerouac is one of many literary heroes. Even though the Kerouac became a depressed drunk, his literary work and his attitude towards his work was just as intense as the books he has written. His style of writing, before he became a drunk and depressed, was said to be “…beautiful, enrapturing, and original…especially considering the times that he lived.”
One of Kerouac’s most appreciated novels is an autobiography that was published in the year, 1957. “On the Road” seemed to capture the spirit of the citizens in the 1950s. The book reached many people’s homes and became an overnight sensation. Why was it so sensational? The sensation was due to a “semi-fictional exploration of the freedom and longing that is a core part of human nature.” The phrase “Beat Generation” which is a “A group of American writers and artists popular in the 1950s and early 1960s, influenced by Eastern philosophy and religion and known especially for their use of nontraditional forms and their rejection of conventional social values” was coined when the novel was published.
After skimming through the novel, once again for interesting quotes, I found one that really stuck out…
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars..."
-- Jack Kerouac, "On The Road”
There is a myth that before the book came out in stores, he spent three weeks typing it non-stop. He used one continuous sheet of paper and went through several drafts after the third week. Many have noted that “The fury of Kerouac’s original typing session can be compared to that of a jazz musician, improvising using the excitement of spontaneous creation as the fuel for his masterpiece.” Personally, I couldn’t agree more!
The novel “On the Road” and Jack’s other novels have made a great impact on America’s literacy. Jack’s “spontaneous prose” explained stories about the Beat Generation. His novels represented him as a talented spokesperson for the youth during the 1950s.
Kerouac’s “On the Road” is a narrative that is told in an ongoing block of text. The “On the Road” scroll was sold at an auction for a whopping $2.4 million dollars. The scroll is currently on a world tour for four years, where it will be visiting different museums and libraries.
Recently, after thirty-seven years of consideration and planning, Francis Ford Coppola has announced that he is ready to bring “On the Road” to theatres. This will allow the citizens to visualize the amazing work of such an intellectual who wrote in-depth novels that came from the mind of “the great Jack Kerouac.”

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