Saturday

The Future!

Looking into the future, I will continue to try to develop my unique narrative voice in my writing. I plan on obtaining a typewriter, and trying to write something new each day. Maybe a page, maybe a half a page, maybe a poem or maybe an outline. I will be continuing to write as a music reporter for the paper, but I will be trying to push the boundaries a bit and try to foray more into new Journalism.

Maybe I'll go out on adventures, soley on the basis on writing creative non-fiction.

Review of Group Writing

Personally, I didn't enjoy group writing too much. It was nice to get to know other students better, but I don't feel very attached to the story, nor the characters, and I'm not sure how much it helped become a better writer.

I understand how this illustrates the affects of editing on writing sometimes, and I know you can't write and not be edited, but I still will hold on to that hope. Editing may be determinental to solo-writing, but I'm not sure if its the same.

Reviewing another's blog

So, I decided to review Kelly's blog.

I discovered that her voice transfer over pretty supremely into her words, which something I believe many writers stuggle with.

Her posts were well thought-out, yet sponatanoues, and (since I was also her in group), I understood and felt her group writing her view.

Also, the design is fantastic.

Hunter S. Thompson Presentation

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Hunter S. Thompson : A True American Hero

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Who is Hunter S. Thompson?
Author Journalist, and Politician
Inventor of Gonzo Journalism
Key member of the New Journalism Movement
Author of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"

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Memorable Use of Point-of-View
The use of a point-of-view perspective is a key aspect of Thompson’s work; and is an imperative component to Gonzo Journalism.
This effect is perfectly shown in the opening paragraphs of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which is considered by many as the high watermark of Gonzo.

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Excerpt (colors don't translate over to this post)
“We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like, "I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive . . ."And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, which was going about 100 miles an hour with the top down to Las Vegas. And a voice was screaming: "Holy Jesus! What are these goddamn animals?"

Then it was quiet again. My attorney had taken his shirt off and was pouring beer on his chest, to facilitate the tanning process. "What the hell are you yelling about," he muttered, staring up at the sun with his eyes closed and covered with wraparound Spanish sunglasses. "Never mind," I said. "It's your turn to drive." I hit the brakes and aimed the Great Red Shark toward the shoulder of the highway. No point mentioning those bats, I thought. The poor bastard will see them soon enough.”

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Analysis, Part one

Thompson’s unique use of point-of-view is exemplified in these highlighted phrases in many ways.
First of all - he pushes the devise of using point-of-view to it’s physical limits - the narrator is literally seeing things that are not there.
The fact that the narrator knows, and realizes, this, further characterizes him and helps drive the narrative and themes of the story.

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Analysis, Part Two

Thompson’s expert use of the first person bleeds over into his use of dialogue.
The character is so far gone from the drugs, that when he speaks, he is not even sure he is speaking.
He does this by saying “I remember saying..” and “A voice screaming…” when the main character speaks.
The manipulation of dialogue is a direct bi-product of Thompson’s masterful use of point-of-view.

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Importance

Thompson’s use of point-of-view had an incredible impact on Journalism, and therefore fiction.
By filtering reality through it’s writer (the narrator, Raoul Duke, is Thompson’s alter-ego), it created a unique form of story-telling, which lays somewhere in between fiction and non-fiction.
This foundation is almost entirely built on the ability to tell a story through the point-of-view of the narrator.

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(an Awesome Picture of Hunter S. Thompson that says "Professionalism" underneath it.)

Week 12

I enjoyed the presentations in class today. One I was particullary fascinated by was Frank's on Sherwood Anderson.

The idea of creating a seperate, fictional book, inside of a book, was very interesting to me. I like the idea of a subjunctive reality, and it was a rather inlightening philosphy.

Very well done.

Fiction Project 3

So here's my idea for the third fiction project: I want to create a world where everyone has a corresponding faceless person, which represents the filling of the void created by emotional needs. I want it to say a lot more than that as well. It'll follow a family, introduce the reader to the world, create tension through the lack of knowing how to respond to what's going on.

That's it for now - I hope it's digable!