• You have an amazing sense of where the line-breaks should fall and a really unimposing sense of meter. I also love that your poem never feels labored. The only thing I might suggest – not to be presumptuous or anything – but just as a principle to keep in mind when you rewrite: try editing […]

  • reese commented on the blog post Southland 8 years, 10 months ago

    I also really enjoyed this novel and the totally surprising community it depicted. But I think that if I go to LA and I don’t see any retired black people hanging out with retired Japanese people, I’m gonna feel duped.

  • I’m obsessed with politics, art, and media. So it makes sense that the line between propaganda and art (if there is one) is a topic that I’m fascinated by. At what point does the honest expression of the oppressed and marginalized turn into an advertisement for an agenda? Because art has a way of stirring […]

  • reese commented on the blog post Southland 8 years, 10 months ago

    This is a great post and I think you make a really important comparison between The Namesake and Southland, which seem to occupy extreme sides of the spectrum. I enjoyed both, to my surprise. Stepping back from The Namesake, I really have to admit that nothing really happens and the protagonist, beside being incredibly ordinary, […]

  • reese commented on the blog post Blog # 9 8 years, 10 months ago

    I love this post! Your close reading of the Hello Kitty bit is perfect. Hello Kitty really does seem to represent a patriarchal attitude in which women are expected to be merely decorative. When you talk about silence leading to social and physical death, it reminded me of the abject. Isn’t it something that we’re […]

  • reese commented on the blog post Margret Cho 8 years, 10 months ago

    I don’t think there’s a comic out there who doesn’t have a good poo bit, so it’s not like it’s so taboo in the world of stand-up comedy. Freud has all sorts of things to say about poo. I once wrote a 7 page paper on how shit was used in J.M. Coetze’s Waiting for […]

  • reese commented on the blog post On “Revolution” 8 years, 10 months ago

    I don’t know that Cho meant it as a literal revolution. I think it’s more like a manifesto. I mean, the main principles of her message in Revolution can be adapted accordingly.

  • Cho’s identification as Queer takes her comedy beyond issues of race, and into very specific corners of identity. One of her characteristics is her ability to confound the expectation of the stereotypical Asian American girl. Cho defining feature of her act is her impression of her mother. The tremendous generational and cultural gap that exists […]

  • @jscura…. It’s really interesting that you mention Wayne’s absence from the war! I’ve read that part of the reason he became such a right wing conservative was b/c he had so much guilt about not serving that he was, basically, compensating for it.

  • It occurred to me in the middle of reading Southland that Revoyr had taken on this incredible task of tracing the chain of consequences that racism and trauma have on different people. The ways that individual characters process and cope with discrimination seem to be at the heart of the book. From Jackie’s grandfather, Frank’s, […]

  • reese commented on the blog post Saving Face 8 years, 10 months ago

    I actually cannot figure out what she means when she talks about this being a “new” comedy. I sort of thought it was partially a promotional thing and probably, also a reference to the fact that the characters were types that mainstream (and even non-mainstream) film rarely bother to focus on.

  • reese commented on the blog post Saving Face 8 years, 10 months ago

    I love the point you’re making in this post. A lot of Asian American lit seems to be a struggle with this internalized self-hatred, and though it is certainly tough being a minority, there has to be more to it. I like how, in some of the more recent texts in the class, we get […]

  • What Ozeki does in My Year of Meats that is so impressive is take an entire cultural ethos and shine a light on it, exposing it, in a grand flourish of irony, for all of its banal ridiculousness. It is not immediately clear to me how the notion, apparently ingrained into our cultural psyche, that meat-eating […]

  • The Namesake is full of homes and travel. A train figures into the narrative at least a dozen times, often in major ways. Obviously Ashoke almost died on a train. Trains are also present during a stabbing (which occurs “off-stage”) and a suicide (also off-stage) which will provide Ashoke with an excuse to tell Gogol […]

  • What interests me about this film is how traditionally marginalized minorities can both adopt and subvert mainstream western forms. While the film makes use of conventions and clichés from the romantic comedy genre, the protagonist’s sexuality and ethnic identity alone turns the piece into a radical variation of the form. The film is just recognizable […]

  • I devoured this book quickly – no pun intended – so I didn’t mark the book up as much as I normally would have. Moreover, I don’t think I could say anything about it that hasn’t already been said. The book is so obsessed with biological functions and female physiology in particular (ovaries, menstruation, intercourse, […]

  • Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle is a pretty straightforward “Heroic Journey” narrative, where the protagonists are thrown into an unknown world in pursuit of a clearly defined goal but must first face various trials and tasks along the way. It’s in the same category as The Fellowship of the Ring , The Wizard of Oz and Adventures in Babysitting . […]

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