BT: Diary of an Oxygen Thief (Taylor); Palo Alto, James Franco (Ximena)
POEM: "Genius Child," Langston Hughes
BASQUIAT: See slides for background information. Basquiat said that 'There are about 30 words around you all the time, like 'thread' or 'exit.' '' We wrote our list of thirty words that surround us all the time. We looked through some of his notebook entries and noticed that this selection included several realizations and observations. We will be working to capture TEN thoughts/observations in this matter. We started collecting images to inspire this writing, including images that express ANGER, BEAUTY, CONFUSION, RIDICULOUSNESS, HEROISM, UGLINESS, HOPE.
EPIPHANIES: We worked on completing these tomorrow. In order to earn full credit, you should have a complete story of at least 600 words in which it is (1) clear what the character wants at the beginning of the story, and (2) clear what epiphany the character has.
- You will have approximately one hour to write and finish your epiphanies in class tomorrow.
- Read "The Magic Show," by Tim O'Brien. In this essay, Tim O’Brien (the author of “On the Rainy River”) explains what he thinks the purpose of this art form is. As you read through this, try to gather an understanding of what believes the purpose of storytelling is. Highlight, underline, or otherwise note examples he uses to illustrate his point. Note the points that you agree and disagree with. During Thursday’s class, you will write a brief (approximately one paragraph) summary of what he believes the purpose of storytelling is, citing points he makes this essay, and your response to his argument.