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Monthly Archive for September, 2012

Storytelling

Everyone wants a good story out of life. Part of us wants to be remembered after death, recognized for living. I think that in “We’re on TV in the Universe,” this is the narrator’s driving motivation/desire. She’s wearing an outfit that sings and has a chicken in her front seat. Her whole goal of this […]

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Elizabeth McCracken’s “Some Have Entertained Angels, Unaware” is the story of a girl who has dealt with the loss of her mother, abandonment by her father, and living in a house full of strangers. We can infer that her father, Pete, became very self-absorbed after the death of his wife, because he begins drinking heavily […]

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Vaughan, “We’re on TV in the Universe”   Vaughan uses a lot of different allegories in her first opening paragraph. She describes human anatomy, space (universe), and a hatching chicken all for the purpose of describing a car accident. I have two questions that I thought of when reading, one, is this over kill in […]

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Ink

But look at me undressed, see how he got better over the years: his patriotic stage, his religious stage.  He liked greens and reds especially, and fine single-needle outlines, which he called “rare and elegant.”  I’ve got George Washington on one arm and Lincoln freeing the slaves on the other; I’ve got a garden planted […]

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The Cow that Milked Herself

This is a great example of how a story can achieve powerful emotional depth with a simple and uncomplicated plotline. The reader wasn’t pulled through any hoops to get to the meaning of this story, we didn’t need to piece together a complicated string of interactions  taking place in a variety of heavily detailed settings […]

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I really enjoyed reading “The Trip Back” and “Sweet Talk” together. I noticed that they both have two similar elements. Both include a car trip as a device for the narrator to figure something out. The journey is a road to self-discovery, to the narrators learning something about themselves and finding their destination. On long […]

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I want to mother the world, I thought. I have so much love. Then–I have no business being a mother. I am a selfish woman. Then–I can do this. Millions of women have been mothers. Then–I feel very alone. I do not know what I am capable of. The narrator feels oppressed by the lack […]

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Vaughn’s “Sweet Talk”

“Sometimes Sam and I loved each other more when we were angry.” The opening lines of Vaughn’s story  “Sweet Talk” don’t strike me as something a newly married woman would say.  They seem juvenile and remind me of the unhealthy relationships I see between younger couples.  The narrator is clearly insecure in her relationship with Sammy: […]

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Vaughn’s “Sweet Talk” I am not sure what to make of this story. If I have to guess the it would be the plot. I would say that the story is about a confused woman who is making a decision about whether or not her husband is having an affair, and the affects this has […]

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Exercise 3

Select one of these photographs, and use the person depicted as the speaker in a story no longer than 1000 words. Share the story with the class by placing it in the “Exercise 3” folder on Google Drive. Your story must be successfully shared with the class by midnight on Sunday, September 16. The moment presented in the photograph […]

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