Book Reviews

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Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott  

Lamott’s  first piece of advice to writing is to not think about the enormous bulk of the unfinished novel, memoir, etc., waiting for you but to focus on the anecdote, description, and dialogue that you want to write in. Basically taking it one step at time, Bird by Bird. She reminds us that writing is about love not fame and fortune. Lamott does a great job at providing an non torturous writing instruction book for college freshman to read by incorporating her real life experiences and her real life emotions like jealousy and envy. The fact that she doesn’t hide these emotions adds to her credibility as a writer and teacher. The structure and formatting of the book provides the breezy and easy to read and not get overwhelmed quality of the book. All in all I recommend if you’re having trouble writing grab a copy and go.

 

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Writing with Power by Peter Elbow

Elbow’s Writing with Power is a very imformative writing instruction manuel. In this book there is an ample amount of tools and methods to writing. One method that is discussed is the Dangerous Method: Do it right the first time which is just want it says, trying to write right on the first try. The Dangerous Method is just 1 of 8 methods of writing that is discussed. However, even with all the imformation, tools, and hints, the structuring of this book seems to overwhelm the reader. This book does one of two things, either turns the reader away from writing, or turns them into an excellent writer.

References

Amazon. (n.d.). Bird by Bird cover. [Photograph]. Retrieved November 30, 2013 from http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-media/product-gallery/0385480016/ref=cm_ciu_pdp_images_2?ie=UTF8&index=2

Yang, B. (2012). Writing with Power cover. [Photograph]. Retrieved November 30. 2013 from http://blog.presentationshow.com.tw/2012/08/blog-post_18.html

 

Meeting Number 4

In the meeting I was hoping to:
  • I was going to ask about the three best articles and I was wondering what characteristics we should follow when picking them out.
  • Another thing was the reading reflections for Bird by Bird and Writing with Power, just a quick summary right?
  • I do not plan to do the extra 5 articles or the autoethnography

Skill Transfer

Three skills I have learned and feel are the most important that I will use in future classes, That takes some though so bear with me:

APA

APA

1) APA- American Psychology Association. Unlike a traditional English class we had to use the formatting we would need for future writings for our majors. It was actually beneficial because English classes use MLA (Modern Language Association) formatting, which is no help to me as I am striving to be a nurse. Any research papers I do in graduate school will follow APA format. I am already benefiting from this because I am taking Criminology now and have a research paper to do. So Instead of wasting all this extra time figuring out the proper way to do in-text citations and whether to call it a reference list, works citied, or just references and how to actually cite my sources, I will already know exactly what to do.

 

Microphone

Microphone

2) Speaking up- I usually never speak in class for so many reasons. I get really nervous, shaky, and my heart rate usually increase. The center of attention, I am not. In this class participation is part of our grade and yeah I have had other classes where participation has been part of our final grade but it was different in this class. It was more of an open environment, say what you want, call your professor by the first name (which still feels weird to do). Even if appearances are deceiving, it was like a judgment free zone, no one was going to say blatantly that I was wrong, or that my analysis was stupid. I just don’t like being wrong and making a fool of myself in front of 20 something people.

 

Post It

Post It

3) Time Management- I am a huge procrastinator and I even listed as one of my goals at the beginning of the semester was to better manager my time. I started out relatively strong but like the Rollercoaster Sheikra, it’s been bumpy ride. But now that I have a job (Premiere Cinema), I now have a reacting catalyst to speed up my time management problem solving. There are only 24 hours in the day and quite frankly I think the idea of having longer days is ghastly. So that means it is time to whip myself into shape literally and figuratively.

 

References

So much Moore media. (2013). APA logo. [Digital Image]. Retrieved November 18, 2013 from http://www.somuchmoore.com/2013/Artists/APA.html

Wright, M. (2012). Microphone. [Digital Images]. Retrieved November 18, 2013 from http://blog.songcastmusic.com/2012/04/11/which-microphone-is-right-for-your-recording-process/

Pamela. (2013). Post it. [Photograph]. Retrieved November 18, 2013 from http://www.cogniview.com/blog/time-managementtransform-excel-to-excellent/

Lazy vs. Shitty first drafts

But when the cool black ink glides across the crisp white paper, she feels the words make their sounds. They spring from the darkness of her mind and settle into the breath between her favorite lines. ~ Unknown

Mary Gaitskill

Mary Gaitskill

Lazy first drafts: As the author Jody Hedlund once said many writers just rehash the same old story lines they have used before instead of digging deep to find the new and unpolished treasures that are sitting there waiting to be found. A lazy first daft has no thought behind it. It’s like writing bad on purpose. Dumbing down one’s vocabulary by using the same old tired adjectives and verbs. Or butchering sentence structure and grammar on purpose. It’s basically just hitting print and turning it in without any over look what so ever and saying Eh I have time. A lazy first draft is useless to the writing process.

Shitty first drafts: Anne Lamott once said that no great writing is down on the first try. The shitty first daft is a important part of the writing process because it allows the writer to get their thoughts down. The writer can them hear, see, and visual their ideas. There is always one idea in a shitty first draft that shines brighter than the rest; and idea that can be taken to the depths of the ocean with the patience and perseverance of the writer. The shitty first draft is the trunk of the tree, without there would be no branches, leaves, or apples.

 

Stack of Paper by Typewriter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

Mary Gaitskill Quote. (n.d.). Mary Gaitskill writing quote. [Digital Image]. Retrieved November 18, 2013 from http://alexahoselton.blogspot.com/2013/01/0-0-1-266-1518-lane-community-college.html

Ernest Hemingway Quote. (n.d.). Ernest Hemingway writing quote. [Digital Image]. Retrieved November 18, 2013 from http://www.quoteswave.com/picture-quotes/137656

Meeting Reflection 3

October 29th at 2:00pm east Walker room 103

Feedback

  • In regards to the word project 2: Another Fallen Empire, shows a good use of multimedia with the video. Project is at an 85/100. Fix the final references and maybe formatting. to get the last 15 points.
  • With the reference list, not every first letter of every word needs to be capitalized, more lowercase words.
  • Music files are to big so they need more storage, there is no way to add just a music file without having to pay for an upgrade. Just stick with imbedding YouTube videos in the post or using the widget music player which will show up either on sides or footer depending on your theme. Mine is on the side.
  • I did not do the reading and noticing number 6 so bonus points will have to make it up. (6 points).
  • As for final references if a source requires you to go to a different webpage then it needs a separate reference.
  • Don’t need Reference List only References.
  • Good feedback on Raeanna’s Rose Emporium third word project. 15/15 for peer review 2 part 1.
  • Crossword and word search are very creative and will earn full points.
  • Audience for third word project is older high school/college kids. Might find an article like this on food network website. So far 75 points. It speaks directly to the reader almost as if it was a conversation. Easy to read.
  • Add captions to pictures so that they link with their corresponding reference.
  • Bonus blog: What Causes Attraction earned 44 bonus points.
  • Class grade is around a high B heading towards an A.
  • Show pre writing for word project 4 and receive bonus points
  • Final will be easy, lowest grade you can get is 50 for showing up and putting your name on the paper. Like reading and noticing.

I will use this feedback for the rest of the semester. While it pertained to past work it also will be applicable to future work. I will go back into my references for the past three word projects and my articles to change the capitalization of every. Only the first word needs to be capitalized. I will insert captions to link my pictures with their references so it will be easier for my readers and professor to know which picture belongs to which reference. I have made major improvements in my references and I know I won’t forget it, after doing it so many times it becomes natural. There are no more reading and noticing so some of the bonus points I have accumulated will have to go to cover that. I will start working on the word project 1 so that I can cross it off the list.

Overall I think the meeting was successful. I appreciate Marlen letting me Skype so that my grade wouldn’t be affected and while there were a few instances of frozen time everything went smoothly. I appreciate Raeanna and Marlen being understanding and willing to work with me. That was the first time I ever used Skype, I even had to set up an account. I think it was a more productive meeting than the second one because time wasn’t an issue this meeting. There wasn’t a tremendous amount of work to go over and we both knew what we wanted from the meeting. I will most definitely have some feedback for Raeanna for her first word project by  Nov. 5th (Tuesday’s class). I feel more assured of my standing in the class because of bonus points to make up for lost points, receiving 100% on the peer review. I know where my word projects stand and it is just a matter of using the feedback I received in my meeting.

 

 

Another Fallen Empire

Pre-Paragraph: My goals for this writing project are very simple; First I want to complete the assignment, Second  I want to get the best possible grade I can, and third I want to write a non-narrative. I plan to achieve my first goal of wanting to complete the assignment by writing the required amount of words, which is at least 900 words. I need to include all that is required under APA formatting, which includes a reference list and a running header. For my second goal, getting the best possible grade I can, I know that just completing the work is a C. I need to make sure my sources are cited correctly and have a hanging indentation for every additional line after the first. I need to have at least two in-text citations. My margins need to be one inch all around, along with a header. To get the extra twenty five points, I need to make my project visually appealing. As for my third goal, which is writing a non-narrative, it’s pretty simple, don’t write a story. My project is written as an expository narrative. My intended audience is general. Those in the cooking field, fans of Paula Deen, anyone interested in the Paula Deen Debacle. I hope my project provides clarity on the Paula Deen situation.

Another Fallen Empire

     After months of wildfire publicity, the lawsuit that was instrumental in the virtual destruction of the Paula Deen empire was dismissed by the federal judge hearing the case.  A week before, the judge had dismissed the racial discrimination portion of the lawsuit.  Why?  Because the plaintiff, Lisa Jackson, is white, as is Miss Deen.  All that remained was the sexual harassment claims.  No court costs or attorney fees were awarded to either side.  It is unclear if any settlement was made.  The case was dismissed with prejudice, which means it cannot ever be resurrected.  It was not the lawsuit itself that was such a destructive force.  Most people never even knew of it.  It was a deposition that did it.  Specifically, it was Deen’s admission that in the distant pass, she used the word “nigger.”  The deposition, which was given in May, made headlines and the repercussions were severe.  The end of the lawsuit is probably not going to do much to restore Deen’s reputation or bring those corporate sponsors back.  It will not get her book contract reinstated.  Because the lawsuit is not what caused their loss.  The deposition, which became a matter of public record when it was filed with the court was found by a local newspaper, the Savannah Morning News, which then proceeded to published it (Deposition 25).

  Food Network yanked her show and refused to renew her contract.  Walmart ended their business relationship.  Smithfield terminated their partnership.  Novo Nordisk, which makes a diabetes drug, stopped using her as a spokeswoman.  QVC dropped her.  Her publisher canceled her contract for a new cookbook, despite the staggering amount of pre-orders.  Target dropped her.  Caesars Entertainment decided not to renew her contract and four restaurants in different casinos were closed.  Whit-Ash Furnishings yanked a commercial in which she appeared.  And Home Depot dropped her.  Sear’s, Kmart, Walgreen’s and J.C. Penney’s joined the exodus.  All in all, Deen lost at least $7.5 million in endorsement deals, and at least another $5 million in television deals and the four restaurants.  Last year, Deen’s income was $17 million, making her the fourth-highest paid celebrity chef in the U.S.

  Deen has been a lightning rod for controversy before this.  She came under fire in early 2012 when she revealed that she suffers from diabetes.  Why?  Because she kept her diagnosis a secret while continuing to push her high-fat-high-calorie signature foods.  Paula is all about butter and deep-frying.  Critics called her a hypocrite and worse.  Even before the deposition debacle, fellow celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain said of her to TV Guide, “[Deen is the] worst, most dangerous person to America. Someone who revels in unholy connections with evil corporations and [is] proud of the fact that her food is f—ing bad for you” (Bourdain, 2013, p. 1).

Despite everything, Deen maintains a strong, large, and vocal fan base.  Business at her family-run restaurants remains strong and loyal.  In many ways, though, it just isn’t about her food anymore.  If you believe that her past use of racial slurs makes her a racist, does that mean that using her cookware or eating in her restaurants makes you a racist, too?   Will making her deep-fried lasagna now be a hate crime?

I like Paula Deen. She comes across as a warm, friendly woman.  I’ve watched her show in the past.  I would probably watch it again.  I don’t know if she is a racist.  I know I am not.  I know that some of her best known offerings are just not my cup of tea.  Deep-fried lasagna.  Stuffing on a stick.  Fried butter balls.  A little too much for me, despite my deep, abiding love for all things butter.  On the other hand, some of her casserole dishes are both easy to make and very tasty.  Deen is not fine-dining.  A quick perusal of many of her top 100 recipes use canned vegetables and soups.  Her Twinkie pie calls a box of Twinkies.  By the way, those top 100 recipes can be found on foodnetwork.com.

Will Deen be able to put it all behind her?  It remains to be seen.  Not all her corporate sponsors and partners have deserted her.  She has hired new publicists.  Just last month, she appeared on MasterChef.  As I mentioned above, Food Network still has her bio and recipes on its website.  There have been other celebrity chef scandals.  The Frugal Gourmet, Jeff Smith, was sued in 1997, by seven men who claimed he sexually abused them when they were teenagers.  (Smith settled out of court.)  Mario Batali and his partner were sued by their employees, who accused them of pocketing their tips, among other things.  Rumors of infidelity have swirled around Bobby Flay for years.  Flay is married to actress Stephanie March.  And Guy Fieri has been accused of homophobia, and his Times Square restaurant, Guy’s American Kitchen and Bar was destroyed by a devastating review by New York Times critic, Peter Wells.  With the exception of Smith, who died in 2004, all these scandal-touched chefs are going strong today.

Overcoming racial charges, however, is much more difficult.  Her supporters and detractors for the most part react on much more personal levels, none of which have anything to do with her abilities as a chef.  Such deep personal divides may well always make her “damaged goods” in the corporate eyes, leaving her unable to ever fully rebound businesswise.  One is left to wonder if it might have been better for all had she simply settled the suit in the beginning, when all she would have lost was the $1.2.

References

Conley, M. (2012, January 18). Anthony Bourdain slams Paula Deen for diabetes-drug partnership. Abcnews.com. Retrieved September 27, 2013, from http://abcnews.go.com/Health/anthony-bourdain-slams-paula-deen/story?id=15386289

Transcript of the testimony of Paula Deen. (2013, May 17). CNN.com. Retrieved September 27, 2013, from http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2013/06/entertainment/deen-deposition/

Forbes, P. (2013, June 26). Paula Deen’s endorsement deals: who’s In & who’s out. Eater.com. Retrieved September 27, 2013, from http://eater.com/archives/2013/06/26/paula-deen-endorsements.php

Lazarowitz, E. (2013, June 28). Paula Deen has lost as much as $12.5 million in earnings over N-word controversy. Nydailynews.com. Retrieved September 27, 2013, from http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/deen-lost-12-5-million-experts-article-1.1385469

The Today Show. (2013). “Complete Paula Deen ‘Today Show Interview’. Youtube.com. Youtube. Web. 20 October, 2013.

Another Fallen empire

Post Paragraph: I believe I have accomplished my goals. My first goal was to complete the assignment, which I have. It is 931 words long, excluding the reference list, title, and header. I have a header and reference list that is required under APA formatting. As for getting the highest grade possible I have double check my reference to make sure it was in the proper format. Although it does not show on my blog page I do have hanging indentions for my sources and my margins are one inch all around. I have inserted the word document file. For the extra twenty five points I have included a video, Paula Deen’s interview on The Today Show for visual stimulation. And I have broken up the text into paragraphs for clarity and so it will be easier to read for my audience. For my third goal, I did not write a narrative. I wrote an expository narrative, which I discussed with Professor Harrison in my October 8th meeting as accomplished. I didn’t find writing a non-narrative to be all that challenging, but when discussed with classmates and Professor Harrison, I realized there were some narrative like qualities in my project which were later address in a meeting and declared as an expository narrative which was perfectly acceptable. I had a lot of difficulties in regards to my header, it took me quite a few try’s to get a running header. I had to look up how to cite website articles in APA and I used the website http://www.bibme.org/citation-guide/APA/website to help.