Friday, November 28, 2008


Though I may have complained and whined about reading these anti- happy ending books, I really did enjoy this class and all of the readings involved. They made me cry, laugh, cringe, and just "think." My least favorite part was probably some of the's just not my thing and I don't understand the abstract ones...I prefer a straight plot. I loved our class discussions and our overall openness to each other. I'm not sure which is my favorite book...probably a tie between Atonement (shocked, I'm sure) and The Watchmen. My first comic book excursion was quite the success and I cannot wait for the movie.

I probably would have left some of the poetry off and focused on some more of the short stories in our Anthology. Besides that it was a great semester with some great reads!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Virgin Reads Comic Book

I quite enjoyed this article... her experience reading the Watchmen was similar to mine in the sense that I was a comic book virgin as well, but she was definitely more intense in her experience than I was.
I loved the way in which she wrote and her metaphor for a girl's "first time"... it was very humorous and gripping. I actually thought some of the same things she did while reading and I myself liked Dan (but also Laurie) the best...he was more realistic, more human somehow and I was pulling for him and Laurie.
The rape, which later turned into a secret tryst resulting in Laurie, really threw me (but then again the book itself did that), but I also liked (and she mentions this) the fact that not one of the Watchmen (or Minutemen) is a true, idealized, super-hero...they are all flawed and cruel in some way.
She looked to this as a new exciting experience and I looked at it as something I "had" to do for class. Looking back I wish I had approached the Watchmen the same way...I feel I missed out by not doing it her way. I was not looking forward to "reading a comic book." I didn't know how to read one and I thought it was slightly juvenile...I was wrong. It was an amazingly twisted book and I thoroughly enjoyed it...I liked the twists and turns and the clues you don't really understand at first...the Watchmen is first-rate piece of writing and I honestly can't wait to see it translated into film..."Who watches the Watchmen," we all will....

Sunday, October 26, 2008


This book ends with no one receiving atonement. Briony tries but because of the circumstances (the war and isolation) she never fully rights her wrong. The Marshall's try to make amends (we infer this from the novel), by donating money to various charities and such, but that is not enough for what Lola did and never will anything be enough for what Paul did. Lola lied and let Briony do her dirty work and Paul was a pig and the catalyst for the inevitable demise of a love desired. Everyone, even I, blame Briony (usually forgetting it is really Paul Marshall who should be blamed) but I do have some sympathy for her. She was young and foolish and sought adventure. Most kids lie and don't end up ruining people's lives and she just didn't understand the extent of what she was doing and how it would affect those involved. She did not get her atonement (it was too late- Robbie was dead and her and Cecelia never reconnected before she died), but she did try to give the couple a somewhat happy ending, no matter how false it was. This totally contradicts what I previously stated, but I think Briony slowly dying and losing her mind (and therefore her writing ability), is a kind of atonement. Kind of like Karma or payback for what she did.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Free Write- My Rant

Personally, I'm ready for some relief from the constant struggle, strife, and reality they we keep constantly reading about. Where is my happy ending, or even happy story. I'm sorry if I don't want to submerge myself into another book that "means" something but makes me cry, yell, scream, think, etc! I want the princess to end up with the prince or at least not end up in an asylum. I'm also looking for a girl, not a sociopath, who is strong and reliant and not pathetic. Is that too much to ask?

It's not that I haven't enjoyed (enjoyed might be an exaggeration) reading these books. I've learned so much from them, they just are completely different from my normal reading- and believe me, I DO READ. I am a strict believer in the beauty of fiction (mostly romance and magic). I like to escape when I read and maybe I do live vicariously through the characters of my books, but at least it's safer. No heartbreak and no death, just adventure and the thrill of the unknown with the inevitable happy ending I seek.

I know fiction and "Happily Ever After" is unrealistic, but that's its beauty. The hope of what could be with a fulfilling immediate relief. Reading is every one's way of achieving any dream they can imagine... you get to be any character from any book and live their story.

This is my rant- this is my wish. Give me an happy ending or give me death!!!! (hahaha)

Sunday, October 5, 2008


This was a difficult topic for me to wrap my head around... I didn't really know where to start or what to say. Probably, because I don't think the way Barthelme did (but then again, neither does most of the world). He writes in a stream of consciousness that I just don't follow, though that could be the point. Two songs specifically come to mind when I think about incoherence and randomness. The Beatles' "I am the Walrus" and "Helter Skelter." I love these two songs, though I don't understand what they mean or what they're about. They just flow over words and phrases and little riffs and they make no sense. Yet they are classic works of art and I escape when I hear them.

~Maybe escape is part of it, maybe escaping reality whether through drugs or music made on drugs is its reasoning. What is reason? Why is it so important? It's so bright in here, I should turn off the overhead light... I can't focus and I don't know what to say or why I have to say anything. Econ is stupid...I like listening to Daniel, but not reading this stuff especially when I know I have a test. I'm dreading October 8, 2008. Eight oh Eight...hmmm. I still haven't finished that stupid 342 assignment either. That class and 201; what a waste of my life and time. Time is so important and there are only 24 hours in a matter how much money you have you can't buy time. What could you buy? Life is all about choices and reasoning...what is the reason/ meaning of life? Love...~

This is the best I can do...I love being random but this is so hard it's not random, but forced. It takes an amazing author to write the way he wrote... You don't have to understand, you just have to listen and appreciate...escape. This was my attempt at a "acid tripping" conflict is between what I should do and what I want to do and trying to do both.

I attached those two songs...maybe people will enjoy them more that Barthelme's work...though both the author and song writers were obviously on something.
"I am the Walrus"
"Helter Skelter"

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Blanche's Theme Song

I chose Creep by Radio Head for Blanche's theme song because it seemed fitting. She doesn't feel like she belongs and she is very fragile (mentally). Particularly, parts of the chorus remind me of Blanche: "I don't care if it hurts/ I want to have control/I want a perfect body/ I want a perfect soul/ I want you to notice...." She is in the constant pursuit of love, wealth, happiness, and fortune. Plus, I think the tone and "sound" of the song really fit in with the plot and her character with overtones of Stanley in the background.

Creep by Radio Head

When you were here before/ Couldn't look you in the eye/ You're just like an angel/ Your skin makes me cry/ You float like a feather/ In a beautiful world/ I wish I was special/
> You're so ******* special/ But I 'm a creep/ I 'm a weirdo/ What the hell am I doing here?/I don't belong here/ I don't care if it hurts/ I want to have control/ I want a perfect body/ I want a perfect soul/ I want you to notice/ When I'm not around/ You're so ******* special/ I wish I was special/But I'm a creep/ I'm a weirdo/ What the hell am I doing here?/ I don't belong here/ She's running out again/ She's running out/ She run, run, run, run,/ Run /Whatever makes you happy/ Whatever you want/You're so ******* special/ I wish I was special/ But I'm a creep/ I'm a weirdo/ What the hell am I doing here?/ I don't belong here/ I don't belong here

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Blog #3

In my personal opinion, I feel like Vivien Leigh did an amazing job of portraying the character of Blanche. I feel like she did more justice for the character and really brought her to life on the stage. I also feel like she nailed the part in the sense of what Tennessee Williams was trying to get across through the character of Blanche. She showed a more fragile and hysterical Blanche who was constantly looking for someone to "stand by her."