Memo to Self...

Tuesday, August 28, 2001

More schtuff from yours truly about the day...and what I have learn-ed. (My headache is starting to come back, soo...)

American Literature: First of all, it's really nifty to watch the interpreters sign to the deaf guy in our class. I sat in front due to a late entry (long line in the bookstore) and so I got to watch them out of the corner of my eye. The facial expressions really make the conversation worthwhile--very nifty.
Anyhoo, reviewed aspects of modernism and realism and the modernist idea of realism, which in a nutshell is: EVERYTHING ACTUALLY SUCKS. There is no concept of time (skewed story/poetic chronology) and there is not straightforward plot line or idea--works are guided more by theme and character than by plot. All the neat loose ends are not tied up. We also discussed Robert Frost's "The Oven Bird," and talked about how dark Frost could actually be.

Writing Fiction: Discussed "A Jury of Her Peers," reviewed the elements of good storytelling, and did a little writing assignment.

And yes, this post is a bit sparse, but as said, I'm not feeling particularly hot.