Sunday, August 2, 2009


This is for all you crazy rising seniors to discuss the wonders of Gunter Grass. Being the kind departing alumna that I am, I will give you a prompt, just to get your discussion going:

Will you ever eat mushrooms again?

Thursday, April 30, 2009

hey guyz, what do u think of this poem???

i found it on the internetz, check it out!

The epoch between cryptic Jackets
by Anonymous

Pathogenic refine,
volant horary hangman,
savagism mirage.

Cementum diktat,
egoist suasion fleahopper,
Skeltonic whizbang.

Spelunker rodman,
lupus donkeywork dispute,
crankshaft nominal.

Kindhearted ravage,
cockshut toolmaker McCoy,

Graben telegraphic,
jerky member goldbeating,
waterwheel mishap.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


What did you think of NOMA? What were you're favorite pieces?
See the MirĂ³ pieces, the Klee, and Braques? What about the pomo art?

Friday, April 24, 2009


What do ya'll think about the movie? Can you relate the movie to the book?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


What do you think about the culture of India? Do you have a favorite Indian food? Who here can make a mean curry?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Salman Rushdie

To anyone who has started to read Midnight's Children.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Independent Study Book Stuff

Soooooo, how's it going with your books?

Any questions about the directions for the paper?

Feel free to post summaries about your books or things that you find really interesting in your books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, April 3, 2009

u can haz wastelandz? lulz

Perhaps you would all enjoy this version more?

(Get well soon Mrs. Scandurro! We missed you today.)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Tuesday, March 31, 2009


So, let's talk about the Pomo art that we have more recently studied, such as Hanson and what not.  

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Chromatic Abstractionism

What do you think of it? Is it art? And how do you interpret it-- any of it, or specific pieces?

"Nothing says classy intellect like a smart Rothko or Courbet hanging above you as you nap." - Charles Gariepy '05, on dorm decoration.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

R and G Are Dead

What do you think about the humor in the play? Funny or lewd? Even though PoMo is all about not having meaning, what do you think this play is really about?

Monday, March 16, 2009

Pablo Picasso

Favorite Piece? Movement?

What do you think of this piece compared to some of his other works like Guitar?

Friday, March 13, 2009

manifestations of art

This is I suppose a bit of a random question, but what can be art? Can clothing be art? Is Picasso's cardboard sculpture of a guitar art? Where do you draw the line?

Also, how awesome is this dress?! It's Mondrian!

Language vs. Meaning

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Gertrude Stein

What do y'all think about Gertrude Stein's essay?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Wasteland

I figure eventually we will need to start blogging on this subject, so I suppose I will create the blog! What do you guys think about Eliot's Wasteland?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Achebe v. Conrad: The Smackdown

In all serious, what do you make of Achebe's accusations? Is Conrad really such a "bloody racist," and is his Heart of Darkness only really the working of a bloody racist, with absolutely no content of value? Is there really an inherent problem with the Western view of Africa, and if so, what is it? And why do we have it?

Monday, March 2, 2009

20th Century Art

Yay! I created a blog. Do I get points for this, Mrs. Scandurro?

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Heart of Darkness

What did you think of Heart of Darkness? What does Conrad seem to be saying about "human nature" or the human psyche? Comments on his use of dark/light and black/white imagery? Other thoughts?

Also, did anyone else object to his portrayal of women? I mean, really:

"It's queer how out of touch with truth women are. They live in a world of their own, and there has never been anything like it, and never can be" (77).

I'm just sayin'...

Friday, February 20, 2009

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Le Proust

What do you think of Proust? Last week, Doc referred to him as a literary example of impressionism-- how, exactly, does he translate impressionism into the written word?

Also, let's discuss the overtly clear Freudian implications of his recollections.


What are your reactions to Cezanne? Do you like his work? Why or why not? Was he an innovator? It's kind of difficult to talk about his influence as you haven't yet seen the art movements he influenced.

Friday, February 6, 2009


We should talk about impressionismmmmmmmmmmmmmm.........

Monday, February 2, 2009

Human Nature

Are we evil? Are we good? Are we selfish? We've read all sorts of philosophies about human nature - which ones do you agree with?

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The General Will

Is the will general? Is it corruptable?

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Notes from Underground

"...we need only discover these laws of nature, and man will no loner have to answer for his own actions and will find it extremely easy to live. All human actions, it goes without saying, will then be tabulated according to these laws, mathematically, like tables of logarithms up to 108,000, and well be entered on a schedule; or even better, certain edifying works will be published, like out contemporary encyclopedic dictionaries, in which everything will be accurately calculated and specified so that there'll be no more actions or adventures left on earth."

What do you think about Dostoevsky's or the underground man's view on human nature? What do they believe; do you feel the same way?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


What do y'all think so far?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Reification/Commodification & Marxism

Comments or thoughts on Marxism or Marxist theories? How does reification or commodification limit our creativity and intrinsic power? Is Marx's/Berstein's dream a possibility in America? Is it a false prediction, or have we simply not exhausted capitalist possibilities?

Sunday, January 18, 2009

"...taking men as they are and laws as they might be"

In his introduction to The Social Contract, Maurice Cranston discusses Rousseau's attempt to describe a form of government both ideal and realistic. Rousseau himself, in introducing his work, claims that "[his] purpose is to consider if, in political society, there can be any legitimate and sure principle of government, taking men as they are and laws as they might be" (49). To what extent, do you think, Rousseau works with those considerations? Which of his ideas could be realistically applied, and which are clearly formulated for an ideal society?

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


What do y'all think so far of the movie?
I've heard mixed reviews.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Dogs v.s. Cats

On a lighter note...

The Social Contract

"Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains."

Thursday, January 8, 2009

i can haz art?

Since people seem to want to talk about art (myself included), this seemed like a decent idea.

Which do you prefer, the Neoclassic or the Romantic? Thoughts, questions, extended commentary? Any particular paintings of interest? Is David just a big ol' whore?

(And other more interesting questions.)

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Enlightened and Disillusioned

Comments on the Enlightenment.