NOTE: Students are to pick TWO of the final four posts - 1. Anthropomorphic Animals, 2. The Adult's Inner Child. 3. Junot Diaz (and a guy named Neil), and 4. David Almond or Dodie Smith. Comments should be posted no later than Weds. May 3. If you were habitually late with blog posts (i.e. need a little extra credit), I strongly suggest doing all four.
Students MUST post reactions ( minimum 250 words) to the combined
reading and viewing linked or noted below. Students are encouraged (but not required) to
additionally respond to other student reactions.
Geeking Out with Junot Diaz:
"In addition to being a Pulitzer-winning, chart-topping novelist and
short story writer, Junot Díaz is more than a little nerdy. Okay, very
nerdy. His work is filled with references to geek-culture touchstones
that blend seamlessly with historical analysis." Click heading to watch video.
NO FACE by Junot Diaz: "In
the morning he pulls on his mask and grinds his fist into his palm. He
goes to the guanábana tree and does his pull-ups, nearly fifty now, and
then he picks up the café dehuller and holds it to his chest for a forty
count. His arms, chest and neck bulge and the skin around his temple
draws tight, about to split. But no! He’s unbeatable and drops the
dehuller with a fat Yes. He knows that he should go but the morning fog
covers everything and he listens to the roosters for a while. Then he
hears his family stirring. Hurry up, he says to himself. He runs past
his tío’s land and with a glance he knows how many beans of café his tío
has growing red, black and green on his conucos. He runs past the water
hose and the pasture, and then he says FLIGHT and jumps up and his
shadow knifes over the tops of the trees and he can see his family’s
fence and his mother washing his little brother, scrubbing his face and
his feet." Click heading (and scroll down) to read the story.
FULL CIRCLE: Watch Junot Diaz in conversation w. Neil Gaiman. Click heading (video is at the bottom of rounded up highlights)