Tuesday, February 15, 2011


The issue for a writer is how to close the gap, often yawning, between the writer's subject and the reader's experience. Give one example of how Richard Harding Davis creates reader admiration and/or sympathy for Rodriguez in his story. You should cite a specific image, description, etc., rather than make a general statement. Notice, too, how he leads us to feel quite the opposite about the Spaniards.

Please respond by 4 p.m., Sunday.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Film Noir

Colin asked for a list of films noir at the end of class yesterday. Here are a few for those who might be interested:


Out of the Past
Blue Dahlia
The Big Sleep
The Big Heat
Raw Deal
Shadow of a Doubt
Bad Day at Black Rock
Force of Evil
The Killers

More Contemporary:

Body Heat
Blood Simple
Miller's Crossing
Blade Runner

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Quote UnQuote

Look over the quotes on writing and writers I handed out last class. Pick the one that resonates the most with you. Comment why (by 4 p.m., Wednesday). Be prepared to discuss your choice in class this Thursday.

Thursday, February 3, 2011


Morris Markey's literary journalism piece, "Drift," belongs to a genre referred to as "the procedural." To your mind, what characteristics of the piece make it an example of the genre? How does this help with or determine the structure/organization of the piece?

The piece has a noir-ish atmosphere. What is the connection of that atmosphere to the point or theme of the piece?

Remember, we're practicing good writing here, not just literary analysis. Your comments should be crisp and clear. Avoid generalizations, tortured syntax, and muddy language.

Your response is due by four p.m., Sunday, Feb. 6.