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Astoria, Queens (video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSZ0oBqzdg8

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Walking

In Thoreau’s essay “Walking” he talks about how knowledge is power and his thoughts on it. He believes that there is a “knowledge useful in a higher sense” called “Beautiful Knowledge” which is like a “robbing of our actual ignorance” … Continue reading

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“The Search for Marvin Gardens”

“The search for Marvin Gardens” by John McPhee is a very weird story about a person playing monopoly in some sort of grand final all the while taking us through each monopoly space in great detail. The narrator of the … Continue reading

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Everyday Use

Early on in Tuan’s chapter of “Attachment to Homeland” he states that “Human groups nearly everywhere tend to regard their own homeland as the center of the world. A people who believe they are at the center claim, implicitly, the … Continue reading

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The Things They Carried

In Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried” the story talks about the burdens a platoon of soldiers sent to Vietnam must carry. Among the burdens are physical objects such as guns, food, lucky charms, keepsakes and other necessities a man … Continue reading

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Death by Landscape

In Yi-Fu Tuan’s chapter on “Time in Experiential Space” he mentions that “when we look outward we look at the present or future; when we look inward we are likely to reminisce the past… going up a river to its … Continue reading

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Babylon Revisited

As much as I enjoyed reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story “Babylon Revisited” I couldn’t seem to make any connections with Tuan’s chapter on “Architectural Space and Awareness” and so this response will be about how Edgar Allen Poe’s short … Continue reading

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The Lottery

In Tuan’s chapter of “Mythical Space and Place” he mentions how people created symbolic meanings for many different things such as cardinal directions and visible celestial bodies (Tuan93-95). It shows how nothing has meaning until we give it meaning and … Continue reading

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Cathedral

A strange story, which seems to have no clear goal, is what Raymond Carver’s short story “Cathedral” turned out to be. The story spoke of a married couple who invited a blind friend to come stay in their home due … Continue reading

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Paper #1, First Draft. The Metamorphosis

“The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka is a short story that truly embodies the essence of characters and what they can go through over time. In the story a young traveling salesman by the name of Gregor wakes up one morning … Continue reading

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