May 9, 2008

Dear Dad,


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From Alvin, To Danny Riordan


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To my dearest friends:


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Everything I Wish I Would've Said.


Silence isn't always golden.

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RIP, Billy


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From Alaska


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May 8, 2008

Darly's Confession


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It's me grandpa...


" Olive, honey you're killing me, I told you to wear the black swimsuit."

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It's A New Life

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Postcards Home

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I deserve respect.

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The Bank Job

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I shouldn't have gotten you involved.

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May 7, 2008

Maybe our Girlfriends are our Soul mates....


Maybe our Girlfriends are our Soul mates and guys are just people to have fun with
- Sex and the City

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May 6, 2008

I just want the ice cream!


I really don't know what the big deal is...

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I regret nothing...


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May 5, 2008

A name is merely a label...


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Leading Proust Scholar


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Dear Benji...


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To Olive...


It wasn't all bad...

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To Olive...


It wasn't all bad...

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May 4, 2008

Dear Daniel


I was blinded by my obsession...

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Dwayne writes home

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Dear dad

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May 2, 2008

Mona's regrets


Je suis desolée

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It's Hard in the Hood

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May 1, 2008

Proust Scholar's Revelation


You should have caught me when I fell...

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Postcards Home



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April 30, 2008



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April 29, 2008

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Acceptance is overrated...

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April 28, 2008

Rebecca's Mistakes

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If I would have known then what I know now...

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Alvin straight "becomes" in this film through realization of what's important in life. All the characters Alvin meets on the road are kind hearted. From all the kindness received in the movie, especially the couple who took him in for the evening and offered a ride, Alvin realizes kindness and love people have given him, a strange man with faults. He leaves the people he sees with a story and a memory of him but does not interfere in their matters. The plot revolves around the acomplishment of his goal (reuniting with his brother) and how people help him. The road is his only obstacle, all the other aspects are helping him on his way to his brother.


Go with yourself, not for another.

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April 27, 2008

I'm Not Fine...

Dear Josh,

You have no idea the impact you had on my life. I love you. I am in love with someone who does not love me back. It hurts me so to have to tell myself the reality of it. You have no idea how much I have been through over these past few weeks. When I saw you at the gas station I was in the mist of the most neurotic road trip of my life. Do you have any idea how I got put into such a situation? Well I attempted to kill myself, but sadly I failed at that as well. I do not know what I am going to do know. I said I was fine, but I am anything but. I was on suicide watch by a 15 year-old who did not speak a word because of Friedrich Nietzsche. I have no job and sat in a van for days being lectured on the definition of a loser. Do you know what a loser is? Well in the mind of Richard, I am one because I gave up on life. Then again, he can go to hell. As crazy as it sounds, that road trip full of Rick James and arguing actually gave me strength to want to keep living. I guess that partly could be thanks to the Miss. Sunshine contest, the most disturbing display you have ever seen. I guess that contest or Rick James brought me together with family, discovering a place of belonging. Then again, I’m getting off-track. I wanted to let you know that I am trying to get over you. I am not sure if I ever will, but I’m going to try and I guess this road trip was my first step. For the record, I am the number one Proust scholar in the U.S. and your boyfriend, Larry Sugarman, is second. I thought you should know that as a fact. I guess everything that has happened is part of my suffering that will make me who I am similar to the French writer, Marcel Proust. So I guess all that happiness I would have had with you would have been a total waste. I guess I should realize that my suffering right now are the best years of my life.


P.S.-The porn was not for me

Rural Road

In the film "The Straight Story", we witness a road trip that has not been portrayed yet in this class. Alvin, not only chooses to take his road trip on a lawnmower, but he is going from rural Iowa to rural Wisconsin. His road trip is about discovering himself rather than leaving behind something.
As Alvin encounters different people on the road, he really helps them more than I think they help him. Yet, through others Alvin really shares his story with the audience about how he wants to forgive Lyle (his brother) and move on. The film is very slow going which also counters the usual road film; fast and thrilling. I think too, Alvin really expresses the rural in himself. The landscape throughout the film with the accompanying music really allows the audience to fall in love with the rural as Alvin has.
Overall, "The Straight Story" is very different from other road journeys we have viewed in this class.

April 26, 2008

Creative Assignment Postcard

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I, Billy...

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I, Billy should have been more conscious to the fact that the same way patriarchy denied me access to freedom and individuality I denied women these same rights in treating them like tools.

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April 22, 2008

SAMPLE: Creative Assignment


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