This is Jeff Martinek's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following Jeff Martinek's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
Jeff Martinek
Recent Activity
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at Burn Nicodemus! Productions
From "Reading Anna Karenina" by James Hynes: You don’t need to know a thing about Tolstoy’s biography to understand that he was a profoundly sensual man who at the same time yearned to reject the material world and be spiritually pure; this struggle is indelibly etched on every page of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Otis Institute Book Club
Oblonsky - Philandering (one hopes and trusts!) = Madisox. What a magnificent portrait of the healthy, high-spirited, professionally competent but existentially simple and childish man of wealth and ease. The way he impresses everyone as younger, more vigorous than his wife, that irrepresible smile that's always coming on, his great... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Otis Institute Book Club
If we exclude one medieval masterpiece, the beautifully commodious thing about Russian prose is that it is all contained in the amphora of one round century—with an additional little cream jug provided for whatever surplus may have accumulated since. One century, the nineteenth, had been sufficient for a country with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at Otis Institute Book Club
Online Copy of Anna Karenina (no translator listed) Online Copy of Anna Karenina (Contance Garnett translation) Another Online copy of Anna Karenina Study Notes on Anna Karenina Teaching Notes Penguin Reading Guide Oprah Winfrey Book Club Resources for Anna Karenina (some useful stuff, actually!) Link to Nabokov's Lectures on Russian... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at Otis Institute Book Club
Posted Nov 29, 2013 at Burn Nicodemus! Productions
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at Burn Nicodemus! Productions
Posted Nov 20, 2013 at Burn Nicodemus! Productions
Posted Nov 19, 2013 at Burn Nicodemus! Productions
Black Keys Thing Download Black Keys Thing Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2013 at Burn Nicodemus! Productions
What Goes On and One Download What Goes On and On Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2013 at Burn Nicodemus! Productions
Heart and Soul Download Heart and Soul Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2013 at Burn Nicodemus! Productions
Basement Groove Download Basement Groove Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2013 at Burn Nicodemus! Productions
Basement Dub 2 Download Basement Dub 2 Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2013 at Burn Nicodemus! Productions
Basement Dub Download Basement Dub Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2013 at Burn Nicodemus! Productions
Some Velvet Morning Download Some Velvet Morningr Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2013 at Burn Nicodemus! Productions
Kristy: Excellent response --- detailed, insightful, deeply-engaged in the texts and the ideas contained therein.
Toggle Commented Sep 26, 2012 on The Alphabet Response at IWC Media Ecology
1 reply
Kaitlin: You do a fine job in paragraph one of setting up some of the important issues/questions that Ong addressses in his essay. You quote his key question “How does it get together organized material for recall?” But then you drop it. Why? Since you've identified it as a key question, why not follow up and explain how Ong attempts to answer the question and what you learned from his answer?
Toggle Commented Sep 26, 2012 on Response to Walter Ong at IWC Media Ecology
1 reply
Ryan: You make an excellent connection in your first paragraph between the lack of numeracy and the lack of literacy. I agree that both are very difficult to wrap our minds around. Ong spent his entire career trying to think this through carefully and to make writing-obsessed scholars think about what "primary orality" might have been like. Your second paragraph raises some good questions. What does it mean to live in a culture of "literacy"? If a person is illiterate and can't read, don't texts exist, waiting to be read? I think Ong is thinking more in terms of entire cultures than individuals. He (like Burke) wants to think about how groups of people lived, remembered, passed information, etc. without writing. This becomes a big issue in the Medieval period where writing and reading did exist, but was limited to a church-trained elite, with most of the population still living in a world of "orality." Ong is careful not to treat all this in an "all or nothing" way. He acknowledges all kind of interesting blends of orality and literacy, and at the end he even proposed what he calls "secondary orality"----a return to an oral/aural orientation in the world of electronic communication, where plenty of texts exist and most can read.
1 reply
Tiffany: I agree with what you've written here, mostly because it's a paraphrase of what I said in class! I need you to try harder to engage the text in question. You need to respond to what Walter Ong wrote, not just what I said. Isn't it interesting that this itself is an issue of "orality and literacy"???? You are more comfortable dealing with my oral presentation than the written one you were assigned. Why is that? I think if you read Ong a bit more carefully and really make an effort to get something out of its written words, you will see that he has some answers.
1 reply
Kelli: Why do you think Ong takes so much time to contrast the visual from the auditory sense? What is he trying to do with this elaborately-worked out contrast? What implications does it have for his main topic of "orality" and "literacy"? Which, for instance, is more visually-oriented and which is more auditory-oriented? This is one of those occasions where you probably need to go back and read the piece again, maybe with the article analysis handout nearby. You want to always be theorizing about what the author's purpose was in writing the essay. That's really the key to understanding it.
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2012 on Orality vs. Literacy at IWC Media Ecology
1 reply
Another good summary, but you should try to go beyond this and find some important quotes to focus in on and respond to.
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2012 on The Alphabet at IWC Media Ecology
1 reply
Kelli: Good summary. You should push a bit more here to go beyond just the summary, though. Try to pick a "juicy" quote from the original text and discuss its significance. Try to add something new or original to the discussion by making a connection, pointing out something we may have missed, etc.
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2012 on Pre-History of Writing at IWC Media Ecology
1 reply
Eric: This is an absolutely masterful response---grad school level, I would say. You have grasped most of Ong's most important points, demonstrated your understanding by summarizing and/or paraphrasing them in your own words, and connected them to the work of other writers we read this semester. Here is a great example: "In this way, written language is much better. It allows us to put aside a thought, think around a problem, come back to the original thought and discover new ideas. Written language has made possible analytic thinking and deep problem solving. Ong would agree with Eric Havelock when he says that the Greek alphabet democratized literacy."
1 reply