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May 04, 2006

Final Blogging Portfolio

Matt Hampton
4 May 2006

Final Blogging Portfolio for EL 267


Holocaust complete?
This was my last blog concerning The Great Gatsby. In it, I remarked I thought Tom knew Daisy was behind the wheel of Gatsby’s car when Myrtle Wilson was reduced to road kill. In fact, that detail was very much in doubt.

They should’ve gone to Tennessee
My blog about Flannery O’Connor’s story “A Good Man Is Hard To Find.” I sort of opened the floodgates and let it all pour out, so this blog is lengthy.

Bevel the baptized
My blog about O’Connor’s “The River.” I had a lot of cited passages in this one. What was I thinking?

Great Googly-Moogly
My blog about Roberts, Chapter 18, “Writing and Documenting the Research Essay: Using Extra Resources for Understanding” I think Vivisimo.com is a very useful search engine. Now Brenda C. thinks so too.

Lady and the Tramp
My blog about O’Connor’s “The Life You Save May Be Your Own.” I don’t know what happened, but his one didn’t make it beyond my own blog.

Raising Kane
Comments on the essay “Welles’s Citizen Kane: Whittling a Giant Down to Size.” We discussed this in class too.

The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.
My blog about O’Connor’s “A Stroke of Good Fortune.”

A temple rent asunder
My blog about O’Connor’s “A Temple of the Holy Ghost.”

Pairaguys Lost
My blog about O’Connor’s “The Artificial Nigger.”

Appendix cited
My blog about Roberts, Appendix A “Critical Approaches Important in the Study of Literature.” I have to admit that since we read this section, I’ve had a bookmark there and I’ve reread it a few times for clarity’s sake.

Flashing (of) the bird
My blog about O’Connor’s “The Displaced Person.” In this blog, I talk about the peacocks and how the plumage reminded me of the Eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg.

My blog about O’Connor’s “A Circle in the Fire.” Circle-Fire … Disc-o-inferno. Get it? Anyway, I remarked this story could lead to write from an economic determinist critical perspective.

Houston, we have a …
My blog about Roberts, Chapter 12 “Writing About a Problem: Challenges to Overcome in Reading”

Frosty, this known man
My blog about Robert Frost. I still think “The Fear” is creepy. By the way, it took me about half an hour to decide which was the best combination of sounds for this blog title, so that when you say it, it sounds like the fellow with the corncob pipe and a button nose and two eyes made out of coal.

Lang’s 10 hues
My blog about Langston Hughes. Good poet. Excruciating play on words. It was late.

Water, water everywhere
History lesson
My blogs about James McBride’s The Color of Water.

Aww shucks, it’s nothing
My blog about O’Connor’s “Good Country People” in which I mangle the passage in Hulga Hopewell’s philosophy book.

General disorder: a late encounter with blogging
My blog about O’Connor’s “A Late Encounter with the Enemy.” I guess it’s only fitting that I waited so long for this.

Being put to the test
My blog about Roberts, Chapter 17, also known as Chapter 19 in the 11th edition.

Achievable goals for Paper III
A blog I was asked to post that identified some goals I felt I could reach regarding our third paper. These also served as some goals I could take from this class in general. I think I was able to reach or nearly reach all five.

Oral hygiene
My thank you blog to the class for their help during and after my oral presentation concerning Paper III. Jennifer D. is right: misery loves company. To know that others are struggling too gives you some comfort.

Tangled up in Blue
Blue note
My blogs regarding Arthur Miller’s Resurrection Blues.


Water, water everywhere
In this blog, in reference to The Color of Water, I drew upon a personal experience.

A temple rent asunder
I had to consult a Bible to find the correct passage. I also added a link to a web site that is a useful quick reference for Biblical matters.


They should’ve gone to Tennessee
My novella. I guess it was a shotgun-style approach (discuss everything and something of value is bound to be there). A few people thought so.

Tangled up in Blue
I give credit to Arthur Miller (because we all liked Resurrection Blues) and credit to folks who needed to update their portfolios, but little to myself. The end result looks like I started something.


Lisa Randolph’s item about O’Connor’s “The Artificial Nigger”
I commented on her entry and elaborated at length about the N-word in the story and in general. This apparently attracted the interest of a black female who joined the discussion and had some productive things to say. I probably owe Dr. Jerz an apology for freelancing so much since it seemed to me he came to my defense in an effort to smooth out the wrinkles. When I wrote that, I seriously considered not sending it, but I decided I wouldn’t shy away from the possible charged comments that might come my way because my feelings were genuine. Had I another chance to write it, I admit I’d treat it a bit differently.

General disorder: a late encounter with blogging
I took some time before I felt like blogging on “A Late Encounter with the Enemy,” because I guess I just didn’t have a strong reaction. I don’t think it was until I read Megan Ritter’s blog that something began to form.


They should’ve gone to Tennessee
I actually sat on this blog for about a month. I accidentally read it too far in advance, but I hung onto it until closer to the time we’d discuss the story. I’m not certain that did me any good at all.

History lesson
This blog about The Color of Water generated a discussion in which Chris Ulicne and Jennifer DiFulvio added some interesting counterpoints.

A temple rent asunder
People’s interest this blog, regarding O’Connor’s A Temple of the Holy Ghost in this one mildly surprised me since I was sort of lukewarm on this story.

Pairaguys Lost
This blog, about “The Artificial Nigger” generated some thoughtful comments from Chris Ulicne, Jennifer DiFulvio and Lisa Randolph


Lisa Randolph’s item about O’Connor’s “The Artificial Nigger”
A Comment Grande and (maybe) a comment half-baked: I also thought maybe my comments would carry over to the classroom and we’d talk about it at length.

My comment on Chris Ulicne’s blog about O’Connor’s “A Temple of the Holy Ghost.”
A Comment Informative: I just drew on my scant knowledge of the Old Testament. I find inspiration in Biblical stories about people who stand up for their beliefs in the face of danger. That and I remembered Marjorie’s statement from “Bernice Bobs Her Hair.”

My comment Brenda Christeleit’s blog about O’Connor’s “Good Country People.”
A Link Gracious: Brenda hit on some good ideas concerning O’Connor’s assignment of defects to her characters. Considering my topic for Paper III, this was food for thought to me.


Aww shucks, it’s nothing
My comments about the philosophy passage Hulga Hopewell had underlined. I wish someone would have blogged about that since that passage was a mystery to me. I would have liked to have seen someone else’s comments.

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