Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Reading Period 25: April 15-21: Don't Ever Tell Anybody Anything

Long Read:

The Catcher in the Rye, chapters 21-26.

Short Read: 

"The Lucid Eye in Silver Town" by John Updike, AIAL p 719-727


The New York School

John Ashbery (Oxford Anthology, pages 803-829)
"How Much Longer Will I Be Able to Inhabit the Divine Sepulcher"
"The One Thing That Can Save America"

Frank O'Hara (Oxford Anthology, pages 785-797)
"Autobiographia Literaria"
"To the Film Industry in Crisis"


Since you have to write your rough draft this week, just choose one of the following:

Write a dialogue between Holden Caulfield and the narrator of "The Lucid Eye in Silver Town" about the nature of New York City, about adults, about money, about whatever they might think of to discuss.


Illustrate the poem "Autobiographia Literaria" by Frank O'Hara in whatever way you choose, but your setting must involve New York City in some way.


Read this article about denouement. The Catcher in the Rye is one of the examples used, and the article suggests that chapter 26 is the denouement. Now, after reading the ending of The Catcher in the Rye, choose a point in chapters 21-25 that you feel marks the climax of the story. Often the climax of a story will be where the hero and villain finally battle it out, or when a big reversal happens, a turning point of some kind. Holden Caulfield doesn't battle a villain, get arrested, or marry a princess, but he does experience a reversal. Describe the scene you chose and then make an argument that this moment is the height of the story, so that everything after it is just denouement. Where does Holden peak?


All of the poets we have read in the last few weeks (Black Mountain School, Beat Poets, New York School) appeared in a very famous anthology published in 1960 called The New American Poetry: 1945-1960. Without anthologies like this one to collect important poems, and literary magazines where the poems were first published, where would poetry be? Why choose the bold title The New American Poetry? How confident would an editor have to be in his choice of works to include, to use such a definitive title for his work? Would you ever edit an anthology? Write 300 words about the importance of editors and publishers of anthologies in directing the course of literature. Include a definition of "anthology."

But I think you're brilliant. Really.

Your rough draft is due on Monday at 7pm. Your final draft will be approximately 2000 words long, so your rough draft should be about this long too. You'll be submitting it for peer review, so please don't turn it in late, or your partner will be affected.

Remember to use pathos, logos, and ethos in identifiable ways to persuade your reader. Remember to make your case definitively one way or the other. Either this book should be taught in high school or it should not. If you use sources (And you should! Reliable sources generate good ethos.) you must cite them using parenthetical notation. See this explanation of parenthetical notation, and ask if you have questions. Gerry, I think you're the only one who hasn't written a paper for me before. Let's discuss citations on Friday.

This is the time to work out the kinks. Don't worry if there are mistakes or rough parts. That's why we call it a rough draft! Write freely and without critiquing yourself too much. Open up your brain and let the ideas flow. Use your outline to help you structure your paper, but if you think of something that's not on the outline, that's okay! Throw it in there.

Think I've got an eyelash in my eye...

The quiz is not really a quiz. It's more a chance to strech your Google Fu muscles. It's okay to approximate. We're just trying to put Updike's story into a modern perspective, since its plot hinges on that lousy $5.
After reading "The Lucid Eye in Silver Town" please look up the following.
1. How much would it cost to ride a train to New York from where you are, today?
2. How much would it cost to buy a book about Vermeer, today?
3. What is the tallest building in the world, today?
4. How many flavors of ice cream does the drug store sell, today?
5. How much would a Degas painting of ballet dancers be worth, today?
6. How much would it cost to have a doctor examine your eye, today?
7. When did it become possible to order a book via the internet?
8. What is the most famous painting by Vermeer?
9. What small town in Pennsylvania might the narrator have been from?
10. How many eyelashes grow around the average human eye?
BONUS: What are John Updike's Rabbit novels about?

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