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Friday, March 1

March 1, 2013

Pulp.: Annotations largely done — have them finished next week. Next Friday we will prepare the yes/no letters for delivery Monday, March 11. Revisions will be due by midnight on the 21st. That should get the rough draft out the first week of April, per the Media Dept. deadline.

If you haven’t turned in your sponsorship form, we’ll be looking for those in the next week or two. Make sure you get people’s names spelled accurately so we can get them right in print!

CRR: Today we talked about the project that we’ll be working on for the rest of the semester. The outline sheet is here: CRR – Picture Book Assignment. Assignment 1 is due in two weeks (March 15). Pitch must be written out but we will be talking about them in class also, so please to class with that in mind. Next Friday will be a work day.

Family Values: Today we talked about subversion in 1950s America. Not communist subversion, but cultural subversion, as epitomized by things like horror comics, Playboy magazine, and the Beats. Today’s two sitcoms gave us two very different looks at the American family.

Bob Cummings was a bachelor fashion photographer helping raise his nephew. He really, really liked girls. Here’s a show near the end of the run, in 1958:

Dobie Gillis was a teenager whose dad wanted him to work in the family store, and spoke often of killing his son. Dobie’s pals included a dirty beatnik (played by Bob Denver). Dobie also really, really liked girls. But it didn’t work out as well for him as it did for Bob Cummings. Here’s the series premiere, “Caper at the Bijou,” from 1959:

(We missed the final five minutes in class, so watch here if you like. Also, Dobie — unlike many of the characters we’ve seen so far — began life in print, as a fictional character created by the author Max Shulman. You can read one of those stories, “Love Is A Fallacy,” here.)

I gave out a handout on these two shows. Monday we’ll review for a test on what we’ve covered so far.

BatCat Press:

Survey: CNF: Today we began our third essay: the opinion essay. You read “The Coldness of E-Mail” by Destiny Ward, and then came up with five strong opinions of your own, plus a moment to go along with one of them. I collected them and will return these on Tuesday, along with your sense of place essays.

We spent the last 20 minutes or so discussing portfolio reviews: what they are, why they’re important, and when they’re going to happen for you. (Not till May, most likely, so you still have some time.)

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