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  • rfraiegari wrote a new post, Crevecoeur, on the site English 399w 5 years, 1 month ago

    I was very surprised that Crevecoeur was not included in the list. I have read “What is an American” (1781) in several different classes. It seems like such a canonical piece. I personally think that Crevecoeur contributed tremendously to American literature. He played with ideas about immigration and obviously what constitutes an “American.” Crevecoeur argued […]

  • The comments from my classmates were extremely informative. I was surprised to find that my classmates were writing and thinking about similar things that I had written about in my blogs. I liked how Bibi commented that characters in “The People of Paper” want to be wanted. I thought this was an interesting point because […]

  • Hi Bibi, I understand your feelings entirely. “Atomik Aztex” was hard for me to get into as well. I often felt like I had to suspend my belief just to read it, actually just to finish the book. Zenzo is such an overt narrator and even if his reliability is questionable as you point out, […]

  • Hi Rehana, I was also taken aback by this page at the end. It really presented a different side and tone to Ed Vega. Isn’t it so interesting how Vega Yunque chose to place this page at the very end of the novel under “Author’s Note” because it reads like a dedication page, but they […]

  • Hi Caitlin, Your post reminded me of this other novel I read by Ruth Ozeki titled “My Year of Meats;” it also discusses the darker side of meat packing centers, also in vivid details. This grabbed my attention, you wrote, “Animals are very much objectified in reality much as they are in Zenzontlis account. The […]

  • Hi Anthony, For starters thanks for pointing out my typo w/ ” sacrifice” (that’s so embarrassing- I have to remember to correct it after I type out this comment. I really appreciate it). I am going to respect your request and give some comments for this response. If you are interested in time in Garcia […]

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCQQ9FMywro When Sesshu Foster was reading his poetry, his voice reminded me so much of Zenzo’s narrative when he goes off on these really long tangents and digressions in italicized words. His reading seems to push forward without pauses or gasps of air. This is the similar feeling I got while reading some parts of […]

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUo5K8amkH8 Vega Yunque’s bit is for the first 5:55 minutes. I had no idea that he had some Irish lineage in his family. His jokes are hilarious, especially when he talks about meeting “Barry, Bryan, and Brady.” His joke about Britain colonizing Puerto Rico was delivered in such a nonchalant way, but that’s what made […]

  • rfraiegari commented on the post, Why Poverty?, on the site English 363 5 years, 4 months ago

    Hi Caitlin, Your post reminded me of this other novel I read by Ruth Ozeki titled “My Year of Meats;” it also discusses the darker side of meat packing centers, also in vivid details. This grabbed my attention, you wrote, “Animals are very much objectified in reality much as they are in Zenzontlis account. The […]

  • Hi Anthony, For starters thanks for pointing out my typo w/ “sacrifice” (that’s so embarrassing- I have to remember to correct it after I type out this comment. I really appreciate it). I am going to respect your request and give some comments for this response. If you are interested in time in Garcia Marquez’s […]

  • rfraiegari commented on the post, Why Poverty?, on the site English 363 5 years, 4 months ago

    Hi Bibi, I understand your feelings entirely. “Atomik Aztex” was hard for me to get into as well. I often felt like I had to suspend my belief just to read it, actually just to finish the book. Zenzo is such an overt narrator and even if his reliability is questionable as you point out, […]

  • The number of secrets I receive is in inverse proportion to the number of secrets anyone expects me to have of my own. And this is the real source of my dismay. Being told secrets is not-never has been- a sign that I belong or that I matter. It is quite the opposite: confirmation of my […]

  • ThumbnailSesshu Foster likens the meat packing plant’s slaughter of pigs to Aztec human sacrifices. Both are closely tied to economic dependencies. Farmer John thrives on the products produced from animal slaughter and the Aztec religion relies on a vast supply of human hearts. These two images probably would not normally be shown side by side, or […]

  • Thumbnail A graffiti  artist named Chico created this work. Its somewhere in Manhattan (the website did not specify where). This image grabbed my attention because it shows a commemoration to Cuban singer Celia Cruz in the center, to the left is an American flag advertising some website, and above is an advertisement for Russian vodka. Different […]

  • Thumbnail The NYC Housing Authority website ( http://www.nyc.gov) includes the following information on the Jacob Riis Housing Projects:

    Street Boundaries FDR Drive/Avenue D East 6th Street/East 13th Street Subway Lines F to 6th Avenue and 14th Street – transfer to M14 L to 1st Avenue – transfer to M14 Bus Lines M14C,M14D at 14th Street to 10th Street and Avenue […]

  • KAREN. Your Mary’s a strange girl. A dark girl, there’s something very awful the matter with her (Hellman Act 2, scene 2, pg. 48) Mary Tilford is a parent’s worst nightmare. Imagine your child bringing home a friend like that- it gives me the creeps. However, I could not help but feel disgusted, shocked, absolutely appalled […]

  • Zenzo contemplates the duality of existence: “On one level Stalingrad is just some pointless industrial burg on an elbow of the Volga River, but on another level the fate of the war, the destinies of all nations and all civilization hinges upon our win or loss here” (Foster 66). Zenzo possesses a keen sense of […]

  • In fact, as the women stood me on my feet, used cloth purchases from the market to clean my hair, my face, my hands, as the warriors stood off a ways pretending not to notice, as an old man explained to a knot of kurious children the nature of my visions. I knew what was going […]

  • They wanted to throw him into a canal wrapped in a fiery-colored cloak so that once the water froze he would remain on the sandy bottom, the soles of his feet facing up, cloak opened, and the children would point at I’m beneath their ice skates, trapped in the glass; they wanted to cremate him: ashes […]

  • I love the following Moby Dick allusion in Cobra:

    Ubiquitous is the whiteness of heavenly purity and happiness; ubiquitous are the snowy, shadowless, immutable bodies of the divine. The silence and the unique gesture of zero are perfect. Marine, invisible, forever blue, are the demi-gods that surround us, the weightless ones. Neither word nor object, in his own yellow […]

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