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February 3, 2009

It's Getting Hot

"'What'll we do with ourselves this afternoon?' cried Daisy, 'and the day after that, and the next thirty years?'
'Don't be morbid,' Jordan said. 'Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.'
'But it's so hot,' insisted Daisy, on the verge of tears, 'and everything's so confused. Let's all go to town!'"
~page 118 of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

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February 4, 2009

Wicked Tales

"See, he suggests you don't need the story because you have already internalized it so completely. That's one thing writers can do with readerly knowledge of source texts, in this case fairy tales. They can mess around with stories and turn them upside down."
~page 60 of Foster's How to Read Literature Like a Professor

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February 11, 2009

Always on the Go

"YOUNG WOMAN. Where do we go from here?
SECOND MAN. Where do we go from here! You just got here!
FIRST MAN. What's the hurry?
SECOND MAN. What's the rush?
YOUNG WOMAN. I don't know."
~page 35 in Episode 5 of Machinal by Sophie Treadwell

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Creative Readers

"We tend to give writers all the credit, but reading is also an event of the imagination; our creativity, our inventiveness, encounters that of the writer, and in the meeting we puzzle out what she means, what we understand her to mean, what uses we can put her writing to."
~page 107 of Foster's How to Read Literature Like a Professor

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February 19, 2009

Rose Knows All

“. . . Tom said, ‘Well, I see you been busy.’
She looked down. ‘You do not see, not yet.’
‘Ma tol’ me. When’s it gonna be?’
‘Oh, not for a long time! Not till nex’ winter.’
Tom laughed. ‘Gonna get ‘im bore in a orange ranch, huh? In one a them white houses with orange trees all aroun’.’
Rose of Sharon felt her stomach with both her hands. ‘You do not see,’ she said, and she smiled her complacent smile and went into the house.”
~pages 134-35 from John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath

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Setting Matters

"Actually, the scariest thing Poe could do to us is to put a perfectly normal human specimen in that setting, where no one could remain safe. And that's one thing landscape and place--geography--can do for a story."
~pages 166-67 of How to Read Literature Like a Professor

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February 26, 2009

Human's Treated Like Humans: Now There's a Novel Idea

"'There's going to be a fight in the camp Saturday night. And there's going to be deputies ready to go in.'
Tom demanded, 'Why for God's sake? Those folks ain't bothering nobody.'
'I'll tell you why,' Thomas said. 'Those folks in the camp are getting used to being treated like humans. When they go back to the squatters' camps they'll be hard to handle.'"
~page 404 of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath

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February 27, 2009

The Blog List

This is basically a list of all the entries I posted and commented on thus far this semester for American Literature 1915-Present. This is actually the fifth blogging portfolio I have done, however. I found that the biggest change was that the entries I categorized as Depth entries are even more in depth and longer than those I had done previously.

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