Archive for January, 2013

Everyone growing up has some kind of aspirations or goals that they want to achieve in life. For most people, it’s getting a certain job they like or making a lot of money. The key to achieving goals in life is hard work; if someone really wanted something, and they were willing to work for it, they would have a pretty good chance of getting what they want. On the other hand, if they just skim through life, waste their opportunities, and just hope for the best without doing anything about it, they will most likely not get it.

This relates to the story in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman in which many of the characters have dreams and aspirations. Biff is a good example of someone who had dreams but did not work for them, since he never studied. Willy had dreams of being popular and rich, but obviously neither of those came true either. Happy achieved what he thought were his dreams, like money, an apartment, and plenty of women, but even with all that did not seem content with his life.

American Dream

Posted: January 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

Eugene and I’s post

A Noiseless Patient Spider
by Walt Whitman

A noiseless, patient spider, 
I mark’d, where, on a little promontory, it stood, isolated; 
Mark’d how, to explore the vacant, vast surrounding, 
It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself; 
Ever unreeling them—ever tirelessly speeding them.
And you, O my Soul, where you stand, 
Surrounded, surrounded, in measureless oceans of space, 
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing,—seeking the spheres, to connect them; 
Till the bridge you will need, be form’d—till the ductile anchor hold; 
Till the gossamer thread you fling, catch somewhere, O my Soul.
 
I appreciated this poem in a sense that it had a nice subliminal meaning behind it. At first he does an exquisite job setting up your mental picture of what’s going on and portraying the such precise details that would please a quidnunc. Then he shows you that the spider was just a metaphor for his soul, which is longing someone to latch onto, much like a spider would with its web.
 
“A noiseless, patient spider, 
I mark’d, where, on a little promontory, it stood, isolated; 
Mark’d how, to explore the vacant, vast surrounding,”
 
I liked this line a lot because it was perfectly descriptive. And the third line in which he says “to explore the vacant, vast surrounding” sets up the metaphor for his soul.
 
“And you, O my Soul, where you stand, 
Surrounded, surrounded, in measureless oceans of space, 
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing,”
 
This is where he starts talking about his soul. I enjoyed this because he’s describing how his soul was empty and surrounded in ‘measureless oceans of space’ just moving along. He’s pretty much saying that he’s lonely.
 
“Till the gossamer thread you fling, catch somewhere, O my Soul.”
 
This is the last line of the poem and I felt like it tied the whole thing together. It brought back the spider metaphor by mentioning gossamer, which is a cobweb, and it also kept the idea that his lonely soul needs to catch somewhere, whether that be another person or a hobby.

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Having just went on Pitchfork.comI couldn’t help but notice the big sign portraying the name of the website. I also noticed the many categories they had on there for the reader to choose from, such as “Tracks”, “Artists”, “Best New Features”, and the section that I came looking for, “Reviews”. My search had finally come to an end, and as did my hopes when I saw that glaring 1.6 rating…

As I helplessly sat there and read through Ian Cohen from Pitchfork’s brutal review of my favorite rapper Childish Gambino’s debut album Camp, I couldn’t help but cringe as he relentlessly attacked every aspect of Gambino’s rapping style over the length of five seemingly never-ending paragraphs. He repeatedly annunciated his belief that Chlidish Gambino is just a poor man’s Kanye West. He also denounced Childish Gambino’s abilities to put together great punchlines, mentioning only some of the less intricate ones on the album in place of more clever lines in order to portray him as someone who is unworthy of your time.

The only aspect that I did appreciate through this brutality is that Cohen had very stupendous writing skills and he was able to get his point across very well. He used examples that would help his case and utilized a lot of metaphors, similes, and a very intricate writing style. So while I did not appreciate his comments and feelings toward my favorite rapper’s debut album, at least I never once looked away from my computer screen until I read that last brutal line in which he brilliantly quoted a line from Kanye West’s song “All Falls Down”.

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In the beginning of the year 2012, I was writing at a mediocre level and most of my blogs were rather uninteresting. There were no ‘big words’ put in to make it seem as though I have a stupendous vocabulary, and that every time you read one of my blog posts you would subconsciously learn a new word and broaden your vocabulary as well. The way in which they were written was not relatively elaborate either, as I left everything as simple as possible while only barely getting my point across to the reader. Progressively, they did somewhat improve over the months as I started writing more and more. That’s just the nature of an old saying ‘Practice makes perfect’. 

One area that I have recently been lacking in is that I haven’t inputted any pictures in a while. This is very counter-productive for me if I am to achieve to achieve my goal of attaining more regular followers. Pictures tend to aid the reader in fully capturing the what is being portrayed in the text. They tend to help the writer if he or she is lacking in writing skills/exquisite adjectives. And they can also help a reader who may be lacking a vast imagination.