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Tyler R.
A nerdy and introverted pyrophobic pyromaniac.
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First off, I really really like this book. My favorite book of the year hands down. I mean, yes, my squeamishness comes out in full force during many stories in this book (Ted Lavender, anyone? Curt Lemon? BABY BUFFALO?) but still. I can feel this book. And I don't mean "feel it" like "Hey man, I totally feel you", but more as if there is a tangible presence to this book, and it's taken up residence in my lungs. Breathe in, Vietnam. Sunshine demise and baby buffalo and blood in my mouth. Breathe out, Tim O'Brian. 43 years old, a... Continue reading
While browsing around on, I was lucky enough to find a blog that someone had posted about the Impressionist painter, Mary Cassatt. Being a self-described artist myself, I was interested to find out exactly what about Mary Cassatt had led to her being posted about on a Feminist blog. And wow, did I find some cool stuff! It turns out that Mary Cassat was quite the trailblazer in terms of female artists. During her time, women weren't ever really considered to be artists. If they were allowed into an art school (as most were rejected based on gender), then... Continue reading
I really liked The Great Gatsby. Well no that's not exactly true. I really liked the last three chapters of The Great Gatsby. I've got to say, the book didn't really catch my attention up until the "Myrtle-gets-run-over-and-dies-horribly!" part of the book. After that, it was FANTASTIC. I feel like virtually nothing happened in the first, oh, six chapters of the book. It was simply kind of... stale. Very stagnant, as though everyone were trying to accomplish something specific to only them, and by doing so ground the entire operation of life to a halt. And then their issues catch... Continue reading
Throughout this semesters reading, I (and, evidently, my peers) have noticed a strong theme of individuality in each of the texts. However, I feel like you can interpret this individuality in two ways, strange as that may seem. Each of the strong characters of our readings, prime examples being MacNolia, Hester, Douglass, and Holden, all seem to both benefit from, and be absolutely destroyed by, their individuality. Hester, who is able to grow stronger under the weight of the blazing "A" and the scathing eyes of the village, is also worn down by the very existence of Pearl, and by... Continue reading
When I was younger, around first to second grade agewise, there was a cartoon I watched all the time. It was my utmost favorite thing, and I would always set aside time to watch it. It was called Cyborg 009. A show about nine individuals from across the world who had been kidnapped by an evil organization, and turned into cyborgs. Due to each of the nine's personal ideas about justice, they formed their own group in order to fight against the evil organization that had changed their lives forever. There was a Native American man, a French woman, a... Continue reading
Slavery was abolished in 1865, with the passage of the Thirteenth Amendement to the United States Constitution. Though racial prejudice lingered for quite some time, even into present day, slavery was largely extinct. Or so say the history books. In truth, slavery is at an all time high. There are more slaves today than were seized from Africa in four centuries of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the approximate number being between 12 and 27 million. Most are debt slaves, largely in South Asia, who are under debt bondage incurred by lenders, sometimes even for generations. Human trafficking is primarily for... Continue reading
I didn't want it to be Dimmesdale. I really, really didn't want him to be Pearl's father. I knew, though, from the very moment we first met him in chapter three, when he stood and asked Hester to give the name of the father, I knew it was him. In my subconcious mind, I refused to believe he was the one, and chose instead to interpret his statement "Wondrous strength and generosity of a woman's heart! She will not speak!" (pg. 48) as, instead of a sigh of relief, as a wonder at the loyalty Hester was showing. I took... Continue reading
When I think of poetry, I tend to think of stories written in bubbles. Sounds odd, no? The way I see it, a poem is a way of telling a story, but the way it is written is like there are bubbles of words floating around, and depending on the bubbles you choose, when you let them "pop" onto your poem paper, various residues of those words remain, and make a poem. Or a story, as you will. Basically, it's predominantly subconcious thought, but there is a little bit of active participation in the art of poetry. A poem that... Continue reading
In act Four of the Crucible, Abigail Williams, flees the scene with Mercy Lewis. At the time I was reading, I remember wondering why she chose to flee, and why take Mercy Lewis with her? It mentions Betty briefly, so we know she did not go too. And if she left Betty, and only Mercy's name was mentioned with her, I feel like I can safely assume that none of the other witch-hunting girls ran with them. Mercy always seemed to me like Abigail's right hand woman. They are nearly the same age, and while Abigail is sly and calculative,... Continue reading
I wonder if it's just Puritans, or if witchcraft really sends everyone from small early American villages into a mad frenzy, but I distinctly remember reading as a child ( I had a strange personal library as a kid) transcripts from English and early American towns about how people reacted when witchery seemed to be afoot. In a lot of the towns or villages, most very similar to the structure of Salem, the townspeople rarely accused their neighbors/ fellow villagers of being the witch. Instead, a cow (usually female, which brings up questions about gender significance) or a pig would... Continue reading
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Oct 12, 2010
The Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc fallacy is one in which if circumstance B comes after circumstance A, then circumstance A caused circumstance B. This fallacy is often presented in a way that potentially makes sense, but doesn't have backing evidence. An example is in an older version of the lovable children's cartoon Frosty the Snowman. He mistakes his wording, inadvertantly turning it into a Post Hoc fallacy! Frosty's error doesn't seem like much, but if we let even Frosty get away with it, pretty soon many people could be using possible happenings as hardcore facts. Continue reading
While Holden Caulfield and Max Fischer are both very similar, I feel at the same time that Max is a more relatable character. After all, even though both Holden and Max are flunking out of virtually all their classes, Holden is flunking because he can't find a reason to care about any of it. Max, on the other hand, is flunking because he's too busy enjoying himself- he's doing what he wants to do, not what others tell him he needs to do. In this way, I feel a closer connection to Max than to Holden, especially because my geometry... Continue reading
Holden Caulfield hasn't grown up since the day his brother Allie died. He's constantly preoccupied with the event; whether it's an active reminiscence or a subconcious wisp, Allie is always there. "He got leukemia and died when we were up in Maine..." (38). He was very much affected by his younger brother dying, becoming hysterical and causing damage to himself and the windows in the family garage. "They were going to have me psychoanalyzed and all, because I broke all the windows in the garage." (39) He was clearly traumatized by the incident ( the grey hairs he boasts about... Continue reading
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