Tuesday, May 11, 2010
What Demodokus might have sounded like as he sang the story of Ares and Aphrodite to Odysseus and the Phaeacians.
A reading of the opening lines of The Iliad on YouTube. See if you can read along using the text in Ancient Greek and the pronunciation key I gave you.
Check out this website for a range of classical Greek and Roman texts in the original language. It's pretty sweet: you can actually click on individual words to learn what part of speech they are; what gender they are (masculine, feminine, or neuter), what their grammatical function is, how to pronounce them according to latinic script (our letters), as well as what they mean. Check it out:
The Perseus Project
Sunday, May 2, 2010
and here are the URLs for some of the LA 2 students:
Saturday, April 10, 2010
But here are the other two we created in class last week:
The first corpse:
I woke up in a daze. I quickly realized that my lemming pinata was missing from my small room. So I jumped out the window and banged my head on the lawn. Then I realized just how stupid I was. I lent it to my buddy, Carl, but he went bowling at Lucky Lanes.
I went to Lucky Lanes, home of the PINATA-EATING DEMON. When I arrived I could smell the pinata-eating demon. He crept up behind me, but I did a barrel roll, confusing him. I pulled out my anti-demon sword. And he fell over dead! But the moment he died all of his buddies came out and chopped my bowling ball to pieces.
Then I got so angry that I took my sword and chucked it at one of the demon's buddies. As his limbs fizzed and popped, the demon's buddies ran away.
I am never going bowling again.
The second corpse:
Mr. Flemingerberman was walking down the street outside of his house, when a tall man pulled him off to the side. "Hello," he said, "I am here to take all your money as well as your twains and caws." He grabbed all of Flemingerberman's money and rode off, but Flemingber had a plan.
Flemmingberger, you must remember, was super cool, so he started chasing the tall man. The man pulled a knife and Mr. F pulled a bazooka on tall man. They were about to create mutually agreed destruction. They stood there for hours waiting for the other person to charge. There was so much much tension in the air that oxygen molecules started to look like O3 instead of O2. The city was abandoned, except for the two people.
Finally the tall man threw his knife at Mr. F and started to run away. Mr. F dropped his bazooka and pulled on a jet pack. He turned the jet pack on and was about to take off, but then the engine sputtered and black smoke filled the air. He fell into the water, but tried to fix the electric ignition while he was in the water. Needless to say, he was shocked horribly.
So he started to walk home along the empty roads to have some lunch. And when he got home he was greeted by a knife, a bazooka, and the tall guy saying, "Hello, my name is Javier, my last is Gustavo, and I live on the coast. Hasta la vista, baby!" And Mr. F fell down.
So the world was a better place.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
For those of you who might be interested, I found a audio version of Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" online. I love audio books. You all should check it out. Here are the links:
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
I went on a bike ride past the great frog.
Oh my god, look y'all! A little brown bat.
I am going to hit you with a big log.
I would love to eat many large cooked bats.
Here comes Dave with the mood of a sad slave.
I can't believe this is the accepted norm.
I once met a guy named Maggle Mamave.
My god! I really hate this uniform.
I like to hit people with a big club.
I spilled. Good thing I have some pam on hand.
The sub was on the screen with the dumb sub.
I am totally all the way a man.
It's so cold. I wish it was sunny May.
And so he slept throughout the whole, big day.
I am a large troll; I live in a bog.
Here comes a cat in a flimsy white cap.
My eyes cannot see through all of the fog.
I hit my friend with a baseball bat.
He lived in a very small and dark cave.
Hi there, kids. Did you know my name is Norm?
I have a slave who lives in a large cave.
The dorm was scared because of the big storm.
I want to go take a small, quick tub.
I drove a nice car. It was a minivan.
Look here, Mommy, I'm swimming in the tub.
He will hit you with the black cooking pan.
We ran outside so we could run and play.
Since the month is may we should make way.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Here's an interview with Art Spiegelman from The Comics Journal. In it he says some interesting things about his use of animals to represent people. I would like everyone to read this interview for Thursday's class. Here's the link:
And...little did I know before, but Art Spiegelman is also the creator of the Garbage Pail Kids, wickedly fun collector's cards from back when I was a little younger than you guys. This one's called "Greaser Greg." "Google" the GPKs and maybe post your favorites!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Here's my belated contribution to the discussion...the quotes at the beginning of Maus I and Maus II. What do they suggest as to why Spiegelman chose to represent the different groups of people as animals?
"The Jews are undoubtedly a race, but they are not human"
"Mickey Mouse is the most miserable ideal ever revealed... Healthy emotions tell every independent young man and every honorable youth that the dirty and filth-covered vermin, the greatest bacteria carrier in the animal kingdom, cannot be the ideal type of animal... Away with the Jewish brutalization of the people! Down with Mickey Mouse! Wear the Swastika cross!"
- German newspaper article, mid-1930'sG...out
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Here is a link to a Wikipedia article about the film:
The Eternal Jew
Here is the first part (1/7) of The Eternal Jew on YouTube, in which the basic "character" of the Jew is introduced and ridiculed:
Here is the second part (2/7) in which Jews are compared to rats (6:57):
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
So we've got a blog! And you're all welcome to join me as authors of the content. So, if in your browsing of the internet you find stuff that relates to the work of our class, then please-please-please share it with the world through our blog!! Okay...I'll kick it off. Here's an interview with Art Spiegelman, the author of our first text.