October 13, 2004


We really started this semester off well, with the reading of one of my favorite books: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. This book has some really great three page descriptions and was ever so interesting. Honest.

Next, we moved on to a story, which surprisingly didn't suck, called "Bartelby the Scrivener," which was more interesting in style than content...but hey, I'll take what I can get at this point.

Probably the most enjoyable part of this year so far was the This was where everyone in the class got to a read a poem by either Emily Dickinson, or Edgar Allen Poe. This really helped accentuate the differences between the two writers, and was probably the best use of two class periods I've seen so far.Poetry Slam.
In this Poetry Slam, I read a work by Edgar Allen Poe, entitled "The Haunted Palace." Despite what Stephan Puff has to say, Poe has always been a favorite author and poet of mine.

Ambrose Bierce's "An Occurence At Owl Creek Bridge" really kept me in suspense, while his other work, "The Devils Dictionary," in some places just made me outright laugh. From these works we learned about transcendentalism and how it affected society during the author's time period.

Speaking of Transcendentalism, I have to say that I thouroughly disagree with many of the ideas and ideals of Emerson and Thoreau, because they put too much faith in man as a moral animal. Though everyone may have a consience to guide them, not everyone's conscience has the same concept of what is right and what is wrong. With no set concept of "good," one cannot depend on man do always perform accordingly.

As you probably know by now, one of my favorite things to do is to be controversial, and this is exactly what I did on my favorite "Free blog" excercise, entitled "Clinton Warns Kerry That the Public Won't Elect A Retard." Usually restraining myself from writing about politics in my blog, I finally indulged my right-wing urges and wrote an entry about what an idiot John Kerry really is.

Hopefully you enjoyed reading about my blogging adventure througout the course so far, and perhaps if I get bored enough there will be more to read in the future.

Posted by PaulCrossman at October 13, 2004 2:33 PM

I noticed you read "The Haunted Palace" in my poetry class, as well. Was that a practice run, or an instance of "double-dipping"? In any case, I'm happy to see that your American lit course rhymes in some way with your Poetry Writing course. A double-dose of poetry!
-- Dr. A.

Posted by: Mike Arnzen at October 14, 2004 11:39 AM

umm... i dont believe youre being controversial, youre just an average neo-con with nothing to say other than hateful, fascist garbage. your blog was offensive in its stupidity and disrespect more than anything else. the notion you try to convey of kerry stabbing an orderly with a war medal, and of clinton wanting more drugs, perhaps you should look at your hero. w., who has had serious drug and alcohol addictions before he became "born again" and fixed everything. he also went awol during vietnam. kerry was injured in battle, he has shrapnel in his leg. i am guessing that you know nothing about vietnam, or the military. therefore, i suggest strongly that you enlist, and go to iraq. if this "War" is so worth fighting, why dont you go? if you love bush so much, why not go yourself and get ground up in his war machine? i have had two friends killed there. one was shot to death, dead because he did not have the body armour that bush promised. another was killed when his non-armoured humvee was hit by a grenade. what were they fighting for? certainly not halliburton, lies, or little smart ass people like yourself, thinking youre "controversial", when all you are is ignorant to the world around you. sorry repug, kerry will win this election. you should at least thank him, because if shrubya wins, your ass will be drafted within a year.

just a few thoughts. good job on reading the same poem twice, btw.. its nice to see you expanding your mind.

Posted by: curious at October 15, 2004 1:08 PM

It would take you an extra .5 seconds to reach over and hit the "shift" key. Maybe you should try it sometime. Anyway, what does being in Vietnam have to do with qualifying someone to be president? Oh wait...nothing. From now on there's a new rule on this blog: no one with an IQ below room temperature is allowed to comment.

P.S.- Kerry voted against spending money to better supply our troops, while Bush voted for it. Get your facts straight.

P.S.S.- Is curious your name? Or are you still just unsure about your sexuality?

Posted by: Paul Crossman (Facist Hateful Neo-con) at October 16, 2004 9:16 PM

hey brownshirt...

i enjoyed the way you had to "insult" me, by questioning my sexuality. that definitely proves your intelligence, and the fact that you are not even worth responding to, aside from this last post. i would love to have an intelligent conversation with you, regarding politics, but seeing as how you have to refer to junior-high discourse, forget it. have fun with that whole "seig heil" republican stuff.


Posted by: curious at October 17, 2004 12:50 AM

Wow...so calling me a hateful facist isn't immature and insulting? Uh oh, looks like you really kicked yourself in the ass on that one. Also, you've somehow managed to avoid addressing all of the points I made in my last post. Congratulations, you're a dumbass.

If you really want to have an intelligent conversation with me, maybe you should have the guts to post a name in the box labeled "name."

You've opened your mouth twice and proven you're imcompetent, now come out and take credit for what you've said.

Posted by: Paul Crossman (Ignorant to the world around me) at October 17, 2004 3:15 AM

i went back and read everything i wrote over the last few days, and all i have to say is this: im sorry. so very very sorry. i didnt realize how dumb some of the stuff i said really was. after this message im going to format my hard drive and never talk to anyone online ever again. sorry.

Posted by: curious at October 17, 2004 8:53 PM

Excellent. The world thanks you.

Posted by: Paul Crossman (Master of the Universe) at October 18, 2004 1:19 AM

At least curious came back and apologized for being such a tool.... Good job, my friend!

Posted by: Mike Rubino at October 20, 2004 8:23 PM

Wow, where was I during this "blog Drama!" This was quite the entertainment for me tonight! Ha! Kudos to the ring masters. :-P

Posted by: Renee at November 2, 2004 10:17 PM
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