Chani Rubenstein

  • Hey Brandon!
    I think you should keep on running with Oscar Wao. Your analysis of Brooks is deep and detailed. Could you pair her with Ellison or Gilman fairly easily? Also: the hybridity of Oscar Wao might lend itself to Fun Home, which I know you are planning on reading. You could also talk about the double-consciousness seen in liminal…[Read more]

  • First off, this feels solid! I like your reading of Fun Home, and I think the texts you’ve chosen can be approached from many different angles. Swift is versatile, as is Earnest, and I feel that the two can also be related quite easily to each other. I feel as if Bechdel is one of my strongest pieces as well, especially as it doesn’t conform to…[Read more]

  • Hi Ikram! I think that your priorities seem pretty on-point. You do have the framework, but I think once you start writing a little more within your framework, it’ll become more pronounced, which is a good thing! I don’t know how much more explanation you need, but then again, I am familiar with the novel. I suppose it’s important to oreient…[Read more]

  • Hi Brandon! I like your idea to do a bit per day, once you’ve had a chance to look at it again with fresh eyes. I’m trying to do a lot of the same. I’m going to bring in a book today that might be of use to you about special education. This and a few other sources will really help to support your thesis. We’re almost there! Hoping you’re well!

  • Hi Ikramullah! I read your annotated bibliography to get an idea of where your research was heading, and your topic sounds fascinating! I know that I’ve been grappling with Freud in my paper on dream theory, so it’ll be good to have someone to discuss Frued with (or to just commiserate). I also had a hard time getting a complete draft out, and…[Read more]

  • Hi Brandon! I just read through your annotated bibliography, and am extremely excited to work with you, Ikramullah, and Prof. Tougaw to take your piece to the next level. Your thesis sounds awesome! As a future educator, special education is especially fascinating to me. I think that your sources seem strong, and your topic is definitely very…[Read more]

  • Brandon, I have absolute faith in you. And the power of alcoholic beverages for certain types of writers (please be careful! You are so much more important than your paper). That being said, I would advise you to use subheadings. It feels weird. Like putting your socks on wrong or something, but it does work to help you organize your…[Read more]

  • Hi James! I think I get your veritable brain-hurricane from last week a bit! The whole premise of sci-if is escapism, in a sense. It’s sort of what fiction is about in general. I’m not sure if this is making any sense, but I can try! I am glad that you’re going for Damasio, but would personally be a bit nervous to use such a writer as the…[Read more]

  • Hi Kelly! I’m glad that you are branching into horror a bit. The similarities are fascinating, and I don’t think I would have noticed it myself. I understand your concerns about having only one type of strategy. I found that I was using a lot of piggy-backing as well. I think once you read more views, especially in Hintz, you’ll have a better…[Read more]

  • Chani Rubenstein commented on the page, on the site BrainBlog 1 year, 5 months ago

    Hi Lisa! I love your topic, and actually would reccomend a book called The Dogs of Babel. I’ll try to bring it in next time we meet for you to borrow. It’s not from an autism angle, but you might enjoy it! Your use of Grandin’s texts as she intended them to be used, not as autism literature, but as good observation of animal behavior is new…[Read more]

  • Hi Kelly! I love your topic. It’s very true that a lot of realistic YA novels do focus on death, while many others have death as at least a large presence. The novels that you chose (I’ve only read TFIOS. Don’t judge!) seem to concentrate on the social aspect of dying. I know in TFIOS, the focus kind of bothered me. It’s was a book about…[Read more]

  • Hi Kelly! I agree that the colorlessness of the tale is a bit peculiar, if familiar. I was told by a professor of early British literature that very often, light and dark are the only descriptions of color. Slightly later works like those of Chaucer will also employ the color red. The color green in a middle-English work isn’t all that common.…[Read more]

  • I was recently talking to a cousin of mine about trying Jicama. It’s sort of a strange vegetable that tastes a bit like a mild apple, with the texture of a potato. She had never tried one, yet told me that she didn’t like the vegetable, just from the way it looked. I argued that she couldn’t judge the veggie until she had tried it. I agree to…[Read more]

  • Hi Krystal! You make a very convincing argument for something that I was pretty sure I was vehemently against. I can see what you’re saying about Murray on Bartleby, though. He is dangerous because he challenges what is expected. He is a luminal character who sort of belongs in both worlds.
    The fact that I just said “both worlds” is an…[Read more]

  • Wow. I love this thread! I was recently talking to an aunt who likened a relative of hers to Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. The fellow she was referring to is way up on the ASD spectrum. I think that while it’s human nature to make these connection while reading, it’s unprofessional to make these into assumptions as writers and literary…[Read more]

  • I am somewhere in between you guys! I think that this novel should never have been taken out of the “fiction section” and into the classroom as representational. At the same tim, if this novel had contained more savory characters, would this novel have been any more accepted? I think that if people were offended by a stereotype, it means that a…[Read more]

  • Chani Rubenstein commented on the page, on the site BrainBlog 1 year, 6 months ago

    Hi Lisa! I loved your piece on Haddon’s book. Your stance on the novel as a fiction is really interesting. Who should say what a person can or can’t write? Even if the piece were inaccurate, would that make the novel invalid? I agree that the novel would still have merit, even if it turned out not to be accurate. I think in the end, Haddon’s…[Read more]

  • I guess he is the actual expert. I made a typographical error above. Oops.

  • Hi Asheka! I loved your dialogue. I can imagine this kind of exchange taking place at a bus stop, especially in New York. I agree that Olear was low-key “yelling” in his article. He sounded profoundly pissed (I apologize for my use of vernacular, but I’ve been exposed for too long!). He claims a position of authority as a parent of a child…[Read more]

  • I love your approach to this paper! For someone who made such a big deal about the “lost adults”, Murray offered very little in the way of new research. I wonder how nice of a method this is. It feels a bit like dirty campaigning to me. I understand that writing isn’t about niceness, but at the same time, if you don’t have anything to add, is…[Read more]

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