Thursday, May 3, 2012

the Padma dilemma

I looked it up y'all. Salman Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi filed a divorce for 2007, but Midnight's Children was written in 1981. The two didn't even meet until 1999, so obviously there is no direct correlation. Padma is just a really common Indian name.

Ahhh! It's my last post!

So I remember back in August, when we were still in the Coatney(sp?) Leadership Center and Ms. King told us to start blogging. When I first got on blogger, I saw Collin Stedman's post.
I think Ms. King and Mrs. Quinet do this on purpose so our year comes full circle. We start with two relatively contemporary texts and return to Midnight's Children which openly draws from Tin Drum. I wonder if years from now if I'll ever find myself back on this blog and the Humanities students are posting similar things as they read the same literature we did. Pretty cool! And kind of mind-blowing!

Midnight Showing!

They're making Midnight's Children into a movie. It comes out this fall. Just speculating, I'm sure the movie is going to be much different because there is absolutely no way they can fit that much detail and plot into a standard movie length of one and a half hours. Wonder what the reviews will say!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Ants, Again.

I'm pretty sure we blogged about this in like August or September as it related to the Tin Drum and 100 Years of Solitude, but ants reappeared in Midnight's Children, as a symbol of death and decay. We see ants when Saleem encounters his friends dead and on the brink of death. We also see ants in the the general who dies under the loudspeakers. Before this year, I always saw ants as the prime example of working together against the greater odds (probably because of that Pixar movie, A Bug's Life), but now I totally see ants as a symbol of decay in literature.