Yoni Rabinovitch

  • I think that Ginsburg is lauding for being the “rebels” of this society. Not rebels in the typical way (as in a negative connotation), but rather because they clearly do not fit in with whatever was considered the norm then. I think Ginsburg really hates the norm and this shows in the poem. these are the people that were “expelled from the…[Read more]

  • Name: Casey

    Age: 23

    Year: Master’s Program (Teacher certification in English)

    From: Valley Stream

    Currently Lives: Valley stream

    Number of siblings: Three

    Birth order: Second Oldest

    Earliest […]

  • I don’t think O’hara is necessarily saying one is better than the other. I think he is trying to make a very nuanced point about what it is that makes a “real” poet. It is interesting he even uses that terminology because most artists would shy away from openly classifying themselves as such. But perhaps the point he is trying to make is that it…[Read more]

  • I think you can look at the use of America in the female pronoun in two ways. One is convention. Often people use the female pronoun (for whatever weird reason) when talking about big, traditionally masculine objects like a ship. But I think using “her” here is key to one of the messages of the poem. America isn’t an “it.” It’s (no wordplay…[Read more]

  • I’m no Jazz expert, but I think after reading the essay I would agree that jazz is “what you yourself get out of it.” He write’t that “[jazz’s] heartbeat is yours.” Annecdotally, I do feel this way when listening to jazz. It’s flow and use of syncopation lends to that emotion.Therefore, I’m not sure I agree that mantra (“it’s what you make of it”)…[Read more]

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    My first reaction to Gertrude Stein’s “If I Told Him: a complete portrait of Picasso” is one of absolute bewilderment. Immediately, I am drawn in by a conflict raging in the text. At first glance, the whole po […]

  • This week I sat down with award winning South African playwright, Amy Jephta.

    From:

    Capetown, South Africa

    Currently live:

    Capetown

    Earliest memory:

    A trip with my family on holiday to Geoffrey’s […]

  • I would very seriously like to compare the meaning of the fly to an episode of Breaking Bad. In the episode, Walter, the science-teacher turned meth cook is distracted by a fly in an otherwise clean laboratory. He is transfixed by the fly as the world around him turns into chaos. The fly frequently returns as a harbinger of death. I am not sure I…[Read more]

  • The style used in “It was not Death, for I stood up” by Emily Dickinson is as confusing as the subject matter of the poem. There is an abundance of capital letters, peculiar and esoteric references, as well unc […]

    • Many of the points Yoni brings up, I struggled to understand as well. For example, the references from sirrocos to chancel. I didn’t know prior to this poem what these words meant and after looking them up, both terms seem to be either a way just to portray some kind of physical imagery or there’s something extremely personal and intimate about this. Perhaps the poet brought up chancel to show that religion was a big part of this persons life.

    • I found this poem very intriguing and interesting. Dickinson portrays a grave state of depression and hopelessness. The speaker is trying to understand it’s condition and cure that condition but she is struggling immensely. I found it fascinating to visualize the speaker’s confusion. In lines 1 and 2 from stanza 1 the speaker states, “It was not death, for I stood up, And all the dead lie down”. The speaker knows that to be alive you must be able to stand. Lines 3 and 4 of stanza 1 state, “ It was not night, for all the bells Put out their tongues, for noon.” In other words, even if it were dark, it could not be night because bells were ringing for noon. The chills that she was feeling could not be the physical cold because she feels hot at the same time “It was not frost, for on my flesh I felt siroccos crawl” (5-6), (sirocco referring to a hot, dry wind). It’s interesting that in this poem the “diagnosis” is referred to as an “it” (9). The “it” is unidentified and very ambiguous which further exaggerates her tormenting confusion. I thought lines 13-14 were absolutely genius, “ As if my life were shaven And fitted to a frame”. By shaving something you are leaving it bare. She is referring to the tormented, despaired and suffering emotions are that left when life is shaved and stripped of its goodness and/or happiness. She is referring to a moment where anything remotely resembling happiness is diminished. Although this concept is completely ambiguous, I would conclude that the key that she is referring to (15) is the key that she needs to understand what is happening to her and why it is happening to her. I would say its also her key to psychological freedom because she seems to be stuck in what I would consider purgatory, unable to move forward or backward. I would assume that is where this poor, unhappy soul is. Regardless it is evident that this is a soul who is undoubtedly looking for answers and a chance to progress.

  • I think the meaning of “nevermore” reflects the speaker’s own self fulfilling prophecy. He seems transfixed on the Raven’s reply even when it is obvious what the Raven’s reply will be over time. The Raven doesn’t say anything other than Nevermore. The entire scene is artificially created by the speaker. He inserts “Lenore” into the dialogue. He…[Read more]

  • Full Name:

    Amanda Nin

    Age:

    20

    Year:

    junior

    From:

    Bronx, recently transferred, throgs neck, Gumming Community College

    Currently live:

    in the bronx, three buses

    Number of […]

  •                                                                              Full Name: Jasmine Thomson

     

                                                                                 Age:  Just turned 22 toda […]

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    Short Questions:

    If you’ve traveled abroad, name all the countries you’ve been to (countries traveled to)

    “Israel”

    Two countries you wish you could go to:

    Japan and maybe England, I don’t know. I kn […]

  • Eva interview 2

     
    Short Questions:
    If you’ve traveled abroad, name all the countries you’ve been to (countries traveled to):
    “USA, Israel, and Germany. And I was in the EU parliament in France because my school [in Germany] took us there, but that was only for like a few hours, so it doesn’t really count”
    “If I was in France for a few hours and visited a parliament, I would say I’ve been to France”
    “But we didn’t do anything, we just got off the bus took a tour and went back.”
    “Well you crossed the border”
    What are two countries you wish you could go to and why?
    New Zealand, because in the spring when all the lambs are born you can pet them all, you can stop on the side of the road and pet these baby lambs. It’s great, there’s more sheep than people. and everybody is so friendly, and they say your always within a fifteen minute drive of somewhere breathtakingly beautiful. And I wanna say Ireland, but if I only had two I’m not sure, because the weather’s kinda crappy. Probably South Africa. It’s Africa…
    “But it’s still the good Africa, is that what you’re trying to say? *laughs* ”
    “*laughs* yeaaa, and isn’t that also where they have all the savanna’s and stuff”
    “Well yea, but that’s also like Tanzania, Botswana…”
    “Well I haven’t decided which country exactly, but there’s one with a voodoo market, I think Tanzania,  like a flea market for Voodoo stuff, It’s just something I gotta see”
    Books and movies that have made you cry:
    “Most recently, “The Fault in Our Stars”
    “What’s that?”
    “ Wait, Really? It’s by John green, a young adult author and it’s about a girl who has cancer and she meets a boy at a cancer support group and they fall in love and they go to Amsterdam together *Laughs* trust me everyone who reads your blog will know what it is, I promise you. I watched it on the plane coming coming back from Germany visiting my mom, and spoiler alert, one of them dies, the one you’re not expecting to. I was so sad, I just sat there looking out in the window at the clouds crying. And I pulled out my laptop and wrote an angry letter to John Green, because the first time I watched it I thought he kind of romanticized cancer and made it seem so convenient, like when they visit the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam she had JUST enough strength to make it up the stairs, it’s so convenient ”
    “Did you send the letter?”
    “I did not. I thought it was a little bitter…And as for a book [that made me cry], “Angela’s Ashes”
    Favorite spot in NYC:
    “The [gymnastic] rings in Riverside Park. I’ve been going there since I was Eight.”
    If you’re really bored what’s your go to place on the internet?
    I don’t have one. I guess Tumblr. I have different Tumblr’s for different moods, there’s one from a boy in my school, so that’s interesting,  then there’s like your funny tumblers like Dan’s Tumblers, and then there’s a spiritual one that tells me how to activate my Chakra’s and I’m like ‘woohoo!’”
    *There was then a five minute conversation about Chakra’s, where I learnt Chakra means “wheel”.*
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    In Depth Questions:
    A morbid, dark question. A genie appears and tells you that you have a choice. You can either choose to live in solitary confinement in prison for the rest of your life or five people you don’t know and will never hear about instantly  die. Which would you choose and why?
    “Do I get Paper and Pen”
    “No”
    “your cruel, do I get to shower and stuff”
    “ You can shower occasionally”
    “I would have have to choose solitary confinement. Maybe if it was one person I’d choose one for one, but for five people, I would choose solitary confinement.”
    Lets say you know you will live till 80. Would you give  up two years of your life for one day on the moon?
    “No. There’s like less gravity, so I could jump really high, which is cool as s**t, but I could also go to a trampoline factory. Also, I wouldn’t be able to relate to anyone else about the experience. I would be like, ‘hey guys, remember that time I went to the moon??’… And they would be like ‘good for you’. Two years is a long time. You know what I could do in two years?”
    If you could be obscenely wealthy and powerful in any age, time, culture, or country etc…, which would it be? Roman noble?  kate in “titanic” rich? persian king? victorian lord? modern times? and why?
    “Modern Times. Back then anyone could kill you at anytime and steal your wealth, but now we have top notch security systems. And I could travel everywhere in style and visit all the countries. And if I have infinite money, I could help people. Like go to some random country, and feed everyone.”
    All Holden in “The Catcher in the Rye” wants to do is stop kids from falling off a cliff. If you could have any job,assuming all salaries for every job are equal, what would you want to do? why?
    “ I should probably give this more thought, but I would love to be a carpenter, I think it would be really cool to build stuff with my own hands and have my own sander and my own workshop, and build chairs, and all my kids bunk beds would be built by me, and I could have a tree house that would be built by ME…”
    “That is so awesome.”
    “Right?!? Or A ttraveler Like a professional traveler”
    “Like you get paid to write reviews about places you’ve traveled. Imagine if someone actually has that job…”
    “Someone must right? That’s my ideal job, it’s just unrealistic. But I would choose carpentry over that, because how long could you do that? I want kids and would want to settle down. I guess if you don’t want kids then it could work”
    Android, IOS  windows or other? What made you choose?
    “Were an Apple family. All phones and computers are Apple. Born and raised that way”
    “So it’s more like your family made the choice, have you ever considered switching?”
    “Well we got our phones pretty late, when did you get your first one?”
    “About seventh grade”
    “Right so I got mine May of eight grade, and when I was studying for the SHATS [specialized NYC high school exams], my dad wanted to give me an incentive, and the Iphone Three was just coming out and I wanted an Iphone so he told me if I get into Bronx Science, Stuyvesant, or HSMSE, he would get me one. But then It got stolen my first year in Bronx Science.”
    Do you believe in God(s)? A sort of life force you couldn’t actually describe if your life depended on it?  what are your views on the statement “I believe in god but not organized religion”?
    “Yes, I do believe in god. I was raised Jewish, but I was not raised religious. I was raised with the morals. I like the idea of a lot of the customs Like shabbat [sabbath] and the way Jews do funerals, for example. I guess I would say I don’t believe in organized religion though. I feel like sometimes it hurts spirituality.
    Who would you say are the top five best looking celebrities/models, male or female”
    “Do they have to be celebrity celebrities or could they be Instagram celebrity?”
    “ *laughs* they can be Instagram celebrities”
    “Ok, so Josie Canseco, she’s the baseball players daughter, and she did this youtube show so she’s like…internet famous, but she’s so friggin gorgeous, and Lia Marie Johnson, she’s also internet famous, also really pretty, in such a different way though. Zac Efron. Selena Gomez.
    Would you let a guy pay for you on a date / would you insist on paying for the date? why?
    “I’ll let him pay *laughs*”
    “Ok, but would you be disappointed, would you expect him to pay?
    “On a first date, I think you should pay. After you can split 50-50. If it’s a date date and you’re going to dinner, I would expect him to pay. Do you think that’s wrong?”
    If your watching a documentary, which type of documentary would you watch? Nature safari documentary? History? How its made? Some documentary about the space and the universe that leaves you mind blown?
    “Probably a medical documentary about an illness only like eleven people in the world have”
    “those don’t freak you out?”
    “no, you know those extraordinary people documentaries, like the mermaid girl? her legs were conjoined, and the amazing thing is that she was actually able to live with that condition, because most people have it fixed.”
    “Is it actually good for swimming?”
    “No, because she couldn’t do any exercise and she got really heavy”
    “Oh… this is making me really depressed, why would you want to watch this?”
    “yea, it’s a very sad documentary, she dies in the end. Because it causes so many other problems, you know? Well….you know, my kryptonite!”
    My escapist fantasy is if things are going really badly, I’ll just withdraw all the money I have in my bank account, buy some camping supplies, and go live off the land in Canada. Do you ever have escapist fantasies. If so, what are they?
    “Can you define escapism?”
    “Like your having a really bad day and you say to yourself, I’m just gonna go somewhere or do something”
    “I would travel. Find the person I want to be with, and go travel with them. Because you want to share those experiences. Or join some hippy group that travels, I don’t wanna say cult…because that has terrible connotations.”
    JRR Tolkien, author of the Lord of the Rings, wrote “Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.” Do you agree with capitol punishment? Hitler and the 9/11 terrorists included.
    “I think about this a lot. Have you ever heard of absolute moralism? It’s people who think you can only be good or bad? It was from a guy on HONY, who said it was his biggest pet peeve, that if people do something good your discredited if you do something bad, and the example he brings is Martin Luther King, everyone can agree he’s a good guy, but then there’s someone who will say ‘oh he cheated on his wife, and like’ *long pause* it depends how high profile. Hitler, get’s capital punishment. It also depends if there’s a doubt in the case, like if someone’s on trial and they say they didn’t do it, then don’t kill them. But if it’s something so blatant, like Hitler being the leader and arranging the holocaust, and there’s no mistake about it, then yes. but if an average guy kills someone, do I think they should die?”
    “So where do you draw the line between high and low profile? Say someone who kills their whole family?”
    “Well take Jesse from breaking bad, he killed a lot of people, but he had extenuating circumstance”
    “but is it possible everyone has extenuating circumstances?”
    “But Jesse didn’t WANT to”
    “I’m not gonna justify what Hitler did, but there probably is someone out there who will say that Hitler, because he had a bad childhood or something like that, it led him to do that and it’s not his fault.”
    “It’s not the same thing”
    “It’s not the same thing but one could make the case it’s on the same spectrum”
    “It’s not though. that’s beyond circumstance. Extenuating circumstance is like someone puts a gun to your head and says kill this person or I’ll kill you. If you have wonky parent’s, that’s not extenuating circumstance. I would say if it’s intentional murder, you would draw the line at three people, and the person confesses, and there’s overbearing proof. Intentional and planned out.
    “So that’s the grounds for the death penalty, intentional and premeditated?”
    “ *quietly* I don’t know, I don’t like this *Laughter* but there are circumstances where even if you have premeditated, you can have a justifiable motive. I can’t do this one, next question! “
    Thank You for Your Time Eva!

    eva

     

  • ana interview

     
    Short Questions:
     
    If you’ve travelled abroad, name all the countries you’ve been to (countries travelled to):
    “I Studied abroad in France in the summer, the Dominican republic, I took a cruise to jamaica Grand Turk and the Bahamas, but I plan on travelling more.”
    “That leads to my next question”
    What are two countries you wish you could go to and why?
    “Well I want to travel to Bangkok [Thailand] because they have a study abroad program for Media Studies, and because they practice buddhism there which is the religion i’m trying to get into it, and I think it would be beneficial to go to a country where it’s all about that”
    “And the second”
    Anywhere in Africa. I’m taking a course on West African film, and It’s really interesting to see the cultural similarities with my country, and that’s where we all originated from so I think it would be good to go, “home” *laughs* and get to know about it.
    Books and movies that have made you cry:
    “well this  book I’m reading right now “Dispatches from the Edge” by Anderson Cooper…
    “CNN Anderson Cooper?”
    “…yea,  it didn’t really make me cry but It really hit home for me because he’s very passionate about journalism and as a kid he was always questioning stuff and he talks about where his curiosities originated from and his transition into journalism and that even though he graduated from Yale he still had trouble getting a job, It’s just very inspiring and it feels very good to know there’s someone in the field that I could relate to”
    Favorite spot in NYC:
    “Union Square. It’s just very relaxing, and the park in the middle. I would say Central Park but it smells really bad *laughs.* At Union Square theres a lot to do”
    TV shows: Just list them
    I don’t watch a lot, but I like to watch the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the Colbert Report, I used to watch Dexter and True Blood but that ended and I’m looking for new stuff to watch”
    If you’re really bored what’s your go to place on the internet?
    I like Tumblr, Or Twitter. I really like journalism so I’m always looking for what’s going on. I’m always reading online so I don’t think I ever get bored.
     
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    In Depth Questions:
    A morbid, dark question. A genie appears and tells you that you have a choice. You can either choose to live in solitary confinement in prison for the rest of your life or five people you don’t know and will never hear about instantly  die. Which would you choose and why?
    “Oh god, that’s horrible. I think I would choose solitary confinement just because I feel like I’m really in touch with myself, and in control of my emotions.
    “So you think you would be able to handle it?”
    “Yepp. I think I would be able to do it because I’m sociable, but no so sociable to the point that I always have to be going out with people. I don’t mind *laughs.* Maybe I would go a little crazy, but I would not kill five people that’s just terrible.
    Lets say you know you will live till 80. Would you give  up two years of your life for one day on the moon?
    “No, because I’d rather stay where I am now than go somewhere else. The moon sounds like a cool place to be but there’s nothing there as opposed to the world. [On earth] there are humans and they’re amazing and they create so many complex things, so to just go and explore the world, I have a U.S. passport now so I can do that, to explore the world and see the different things people do and talk about I think that’s more amazing than going somewhere we’re still trying to figure out.”
    If you could be obscenely wealthy and powerful in any age, time, culture, or country etc…, which would it be? Roman noble?  kate in “titanic” rich? persian king? victorian lord? modern times? and why?
    “That’s tough. I would say modern times like Bill Gates. I mean, If you’re asking me what time period I would like to live in that’s a different question. But, yea, Bill Gates, he’s such an influential person and he did the Ice Bucket Challenge and that was amazing, just the way he went about twisting it and making it his own thing.”
    “And let’s say the question was what time period would you want to live in?”
    I would say the Sixties, before the war, *laughs*
    “Like Woodstock sixties?”
    Yea, I guess, things seemed simpler, and I have watched a lot of films from that time period, and it was more about content than who was portraying certain roles, and It seemed simpler”
    All Holden in “The Catcher in the Rye” wants to do is stop kids from falling off a cliff. If you could have any job,assuming all salaries for every job are equal, what would you want to do? why?
    “I like to help people. Which I why I like the job I have now, I’m a cashier, I mean it’s retail and everybody hates retail,and i’m at home depot, but the store really cares about customer satisfaction, and just being there and conversing with people, that’s an ideal job, that you’re able to communicate and help other people at the same time. It’s not like you’re being barked out all the time. I mean my dream job is to be a movie director, but I know that’s not gonna happen for like twenty years give or take, I wanna explore the field first. But for right now I think comfort and equality and helping out are my biggest priorities.”
    Android, IOS  windows or other? What made you choose?
    “I have IOS but I hate it. Last week I had to go and change my battery because it was crashing, and they were gonna charge me 75 dollars for it and I was just complaining that if this happens again I’m gonna get a go phone *laughs*, because, you know, I just need a phone for calls or text. Texting is not necessary for anyone. It’s just a new thing that  has overtaken verbal dialogue so people don’t talk anymore. Conversations don’t last more than five minutes. Most of my friends I can talk to on the phone, which helps, for the most part they like to text. I’m at the point where I don’t respond to the texts because I like to stress that I like to talk on the phone too. Iphones are annoying. There’s a new update and a new phone every month, and it’s just the same thing with more problems. It’s all just the advertisements.”
     
    Do you believe in God(s)? A sort of life force you couldn’t actually describe if your life depended on it?  what are your views on the statement “I believe in god but not organized religion”?
    “Yes, I agree with that statement. I don’t agree with religion just because I view it as a business, Like specifically the church, and it was kind of a conflict with my parents. My father sees eye to eye with me. And my Mother does see eye to eye with it [also] but it’s just that she was brought up with it with believing in the church and stuff like that, so it’s kind of like she can’t let go even though she wants to. but for me just in terms of learning about philosophy and questioning life and learning how things are, I see that there are gangs and you’re against this, you’re against that, and that’s why I like buddhism because it’s the only religion that hasn’t caused wars and accepting of whoever you are. It doesn’t matter if you’re gay or Lesbian or transgender whoever you are, so if you’re not welcome into this club [other religions] because you’re one way, that’s not ok with me. I do believe in God, but I don’t believe I have to go to church to communicate with God I can do that on my own, so thats where I stand on that.”
    Who would you say are the top five best looking celebrities/models, male or female”
    “Girls – Ciara, Alicia keys, I’m not big on Beyonce, Guys- I like Bradley Cooper, Matt Pokora, he’s a French pop star, and a fifth, Robert Downey JR.”
    Would you let a guy pay for you on a date / would you insist on paying for the date? why?
    “I always like to pay.”
    “So if he offers to pay for the dinner would you insist on paying?”
    “I wouldn’t insist, but if he keeps insisting that he pay I would insist we go half and half. It’s [the practice of paying] old fashioned, and I’m a little old fashioned, but I feel like i’m independent and could pay for myself, so if we both pay half i’m fine with that, but I don’t think it’s a competition of who looks more, how would you say it, respectful or something like that”
     
    Thank You for Your Time Ana!
     ana phto
     

     

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     In Depth Questions:

    Lets say you know you will live till 80. Would you give  up two years of your life for one day on the moon?
    *without hesitation* “Yes. Not to get too philosophical, but there’s a lot of bad things going on in the world now,Ebola, Isis, hunger, disease, warfare. Carl Sagan in Cosmos talks about the pale blue dot, and all the things going on are on this pale blue dot. But if you slowly move away from the earth it gets smaller and smaller till you can’t see it anymore. The Earth is big, but it’s not the end all be all. This doesn’t really have to with the moon, But I do really want to go to the moon. I want to experience space. Does that make sense? I think about these things.
    If you could be obscenely wealthy and powerful in any age, time, culture, or country etc…, which would it be? Roman noble?  kate in “titanic” rich? Persian king? Victorian lord? modern times? and why?
    ” I would choose a powerful figure during the Roman Empire, during the period of “The Five Good Emperors” (It’s a really specific period of time, and I have to emphasize that *laughs*)  because the ideas of philosophical thought influenced a powerful ruler like Marcus Aurelius.   From what I read in his journal “The Meditations” He was a noble emperor, a philosopher. He was way ahead of his time. He wasn’t guided by money or ambition, but by humility. Living like that isn’t possible now, but it was possible back then. I want to live in a time where that was still possible.  Its sad that in today’s age, ethics and morality are irrelevant in roles of leadership, and I believe its because technology and moneymaking are the dominant influences.  I think that every era has its flaws though.  Like, during the Roman Empire, slavery and death was commonplace, but in the 21st century, our problem is the overabundance of technology. But the fact that 2000 years ago someone thought like Marcus Aurelius? It makes you wonder why we can’t have that sort of leadership now.”
    A morbid, dark question. A genie appears and tells you that you have a choice. You can either choose to live in solitary confinement in prison for the rest of your life or five people you don’t know and will never hear about instantly  die. Which would you choose and why?
    “You know you can choose the noble way, but I like this questions because it puts idealism against realism. I would not choose Solitary confinement. I have almost been arrested, and I’ve thought about what would happen If I had to go to jail. I could do the noble thing, but I wouldn’t chose solitary confinement. That’s a fact. If I knew them that might be a different story.”
    Android or IOS? What made you choose?
    “I’m actually using a windows phone now”
    “Yea I should really change the question. Those are a thing now”
    “Yea I mean I chose android, but my Samsung S4 broke. So I had to get a cheap one till my contracts up in November”
    Do you believe in God(s)? A sort of life force you couldn’t actually describe if your life depended on it?  what are your views on the statement “I believe in god but not organized religion”?
    “This might sound corny, but it’s the reason I a bio major. I believe science is there to explain all the weird stuff, The phenomena that would not make sense to the human mind. I don’t get asked this question a lot, but I always told myself I would say I believe in Science. I enjoy learning about people’s beliefs and how different they are from each other.  I don’t think any belief system has more authority over the other and I have a genuine respect for others’ beliefs.  But if I were to choose my own, I would choose science as a system of understanding the world.  A “divine creator,” or a “master of the universe” is something that I would never truly touch upon, however, because that would be a difficult theory to prove.  Einstein, even though he was an important scientist believed in God; I think this is proof that science [in the case of Einstein] is not sufficient to replace religion.  The question I ask is this:  What is the difference between religion and beliefs? I would say that at one extreme, man does not need religion in his life, but he still needs to believe in something. But I do gotta say It’s hard for one man to understand this stuff.”
    Who would you say are the top five best looking celebrities/models?
    “Guys or girls?”
    “Whichever”
    “Jennifer Lawrence, April rose from “Guy Code”, I don’t want to say Adriana Lima because that’s over rated… For the record I’m straight, but guys Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp, because they don’t seem to age and they really take care of themselves…and a fifth, Yea I guess Adriana Lima”
    JRR Tolkien, author of the Lord of the Rings, wrote “Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.” Do you agree with capitol punishment? Hitler and the 9/11 terrorists included.
    “Yes, definitely. If someone does a terrible crime, they deserve the punishment. That’s why your raised not to do certain things. It sounds pretty cold, and I would never do those sorts of things, but someone who does has their due.”
    If you’ve traveled abroad, name all the countries you’ve been to (countries traveled to)
    “Philippines, I stopped over a little bit in Korea, Japan, The Bahamas on my 18th birthday”
    Two countries you wish you could go to:
    “France and Italy.”
    TV shows: Just list them
    “There is A show that I watch that no one else watches called “Life on Mars.” It only Lasted for one season but it had a really interesting premise. I also watch “How I met Your mother.” I think everyone likes that.”
    What are some Books and movies that have made you cry, and why?:
    “The Godfathers(s) part one and Part two. The Part where Vito Corleone Is playing with his grandson and then he dies. Also how Vito Corleone turns to a life of crime for his family, not for him. And you’d know if you knew me better a quote I use all the time  is “if you’re happy, I’m Happy” Which Vito Corleone Says to his wife. He Doesn’t only care about himself.
    What is your Favorite spot in NYC and why:
    “Astoria. I feel like I belong there. You know, it’s the most diverse place in the world”
    Would you insist on paying for your first date? why?
    *laughs* it depends how much money I have that day. But If I did, as a kind gesture, why not?
    “what if she insisted that she pay?”
    “Look, I think Men paying for dinner is an archaic practice, because women are more than capable of earning equal or more than men in today’s age.  In my experience, women don’t mind paying, and it is never an issue.  I believe in gender equality, if that’s what the question is implying  But if I made six-figures, and the girl knows this, dinner is definitely on me *laughs* Altogether, I paying really isn’t a serious issue, and it won’t necessarily mess up your dates.  You just need to be smooth about it. ”
    Thank you for your time Christopher!
    If you are a QC student and would like to be interviewed for this blog, or if you have questions, please shoot me an email at yrabinovitch100@qc.cuny.edu
     

     
     
     

     

  • Welcome to my blog, which I have called “Are you Not Entertained?” While the title has no practical connection to the actual content, it is a spectacular quote from a spectacular film. I’ll leave you to do the googling. What I will be doing in this blog is interviewing and profiling Queens College students. I will be collecting their “stats,” and then asking them a series of more in depth questions. Some questions are lighthearted. Some are controversial. Barring foreseen events in my syllabi, I will add questions every week. Cheers!
    This week, I sat down with Idrees Muhammad Ally.
     
    Stats
    Age:
    18
    Year:
    Sophomore
    Originally From:
    Guyana, South America
    Moved to America at Age:
    6
    Now Lives in:
    Queens
    Number of Siblings:
    2
    Birth Order:
    youngest
    Languages:
    English, “The broken English they speak in Guyana”
    Your Earliest Memory:
    “can it be vulgar?”
    -“Sure!”
    “ *expletive* myself in nursery school”
    Countries Travelled To:
    Guyana, Canada *laughs*
    Books/movies that have made you cry:
    *Without missing a beat* “Pokemon, the one with Mew Two. When Ash turns to stone and all the pokemon cry, it was deep”
    Favorite spot in New York City:
    “ It’s hard to choose because i’m so used to everything. I guess any spot that has a nice empty basketball court”
    TV Shows: *Warning, the following contains Game of Thrones Spoilers*
    Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Agents of Shield, Arrow, Avatar, The Last Ship, The Office, Lost.
    Lets talk Game of Thrones for a minute. What did you think of the Red Wedding?
    That was the second most unexpected thing, other then Ned Stark dying.
    Did you like it or was it going too far?
    It was too much, it was like an entire army everyone was banking their hopes on just got destroyed.
     
    Questions
    What are two countries you wish you could go to:
    “New Zealand”
    – “Because of Lord of the Rings?”
    “haha yep, and India, the northern part, in the Himalayas”
     
    If you could be obscenely wealthy and powerful in any age, time, culture, or country etc…, which would it be? Roman noble?  kate in “titanic” rich? persian king? victorian lord? modern times? and why?
    I would still choose modern day. There’s just so much more technology. And sure you could be rich back then, but you have no protection. You could be assassinated at any time.
    All Holden in “The Catcher in the Rye” wants to do for a career stop kids from falling off a cliff. If you could have any job,assuming all salaries for every job are equal, what would you want to do? why?
    I would say a developer of environmental technologies. Ever since I took AP environmental science, I’ve had an inclination towards that.
    Android or IOS? What made you choose?
    Android. It’s more customizable, it lets you be you more. Besides, Apple fell behind like two years ago.
    Do you believe in God(s)? A sort of life force you couldn’t actually describe if your life depended on it?  what are your views on the statement “I believe in god but not organized religion”?
    Well, I do believe in God. I’m a Muslim. They’re a lot of people who say It doesn’t matter what religion you or what you believe, as long as you’re a good person. My opinion is that there is one god, but I don’t have any hatred towards people who believe otherwise.
    Who would you say are the top five best looking celebrities/models/actors?
    “This a really tough question. Do I have to go in order?”
    – “nope”
    “ Ok, Willa Holland, from arrow, Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, margaery from Game of Thrones (Natalie Dormer), man this is really hard… Evangeline Lilly
    http://goo.gl/17VQXt – Natalie Dormer in Game of Thrones               http://goo.gl/BxS4UN – Willa Holland
     
    JRR Tolkien, author of the Lord of the Rings, wrote “Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.” Do you agree with capitol punishment? Hitler and the 9/11 terrorists included.
    Wow. Controversial one. Personally, if it’s a huge crime like mass murder, I believe death should be your penalty. And not only mass murder, there are other crimes,
    – “like, say, a guy murders his family?”
    Maybe. If someone is mentally challenged though, then they definitely should not be given the death penalty.
    Would you let a girl pay for you on a date / would you insist on paying for the date?
    I would insist on paying, but only in the beginning. If you have been together for really long, and going out is something that you do often, then I would not insist.
     
    Thanks for your time Idrees!
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    If you are a QC student and would like to be interviewed for this blog, or if you have questions, please shoot me an email at yrabinovitch100@qc.cuny.edu
     

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