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Friday, Feb. 8

February 8, 2013

Pulp: Kept workin’. Keep workin’.

Critical Reading Reloaded: Today we listened to a couple more stories from The Moth and then you told your own. You are going to do the same assignment again (different story though, probably), due in two weeks. Looking for improvements! CRR – The Moth Tips

Family Values: Today we watched the pilot of the Danny Thomas vehicle Make Room For Daddy from 1953:

We noticed several things about this show, which was the first new production by Desilu, Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball’s production company:

1. The dad was not only a bumbler (like Ozzie), he was a schemer who was shown up by his smart-aleck kids.
2. Like Ricky Ricardo, he was an actor/musician in real life and on the show.
3. Like Ricky, he was an ethnic minority (Lebanese) with an old school (that is, Old World) worldview.
4. Unlike Ricky, he was usually the “loser” in each episode. He was a clown whose wife Margaret ran the house, and whose kids, as mentioned, gave him plenty of sass.

For Monday, I gave you an essay to read called “The Suburban Home Companion: Television and the Neighborhood Ideal in Postwar America.” Please read it for Monday. Please bring your notebooks Monday because I will be asking you a couple of questions which you will record in your notebooks, which I will then check.

BatCat: Today we continued making books. Thank you for your hard work this week.

Survey: CNF: Today I gave you back your “biggest fear” moments. You are going to choose either 1) this subject or 2) your first subject, which for most of you was the “time I found out I wasn’t as adult as I thought” one. You are going to turn it into a full-fledged essay, typewritten, ready to hand in next Friday.

We also reviewed what we’ve covered so far: the three Sedaris essays, the one-page handout on what CNF is and isn’t, the differences between moments and riffs, the yellow test, and focus vs. theme. (Focus is the subject of your essay: your relationship with your best friend, for example. Or facing your biggest fear. Theme is what you want to use this essay to say about that subject.)

Finally, we had a Furby experience that helped illustrate the differences between moments, riffs and embedded moments (that is, moments — often flashbacks — that are embedded in riffs).

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