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Monthly Archive for May, 2012

“Burning from the inside”

I don’t generally judge a book by it’s cover, but I definitely judge them by their titles. I really wanted to at least mention this book to everyone. I don’t know how many of you have heard about it, but this summer I definitely plan to read Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCaan. […]

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Art is Art

I didn’t really pull myself together so well for my second presentation. It wasn’t as much of a mess as my first, but it still wasn’t where it should have been. I got called out for not doing what JGB had told me to do the last time: figure out exactly what I was arguing […]

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We happened to read and discuss The Reluctant Fundamentalist in one of the most stressful, anxiety-wrought, and confusing months of my life. The ambiguity of this book, the myriad possible interpretations, my own growing uncertainty, and the disaster that was my oral presentation only added to the crushing self-doubt that I was allowing to run […]

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A Submission of My Own

While reading The Submission, I was struck with a memory of an essay contest my senior year of high school. It was during the Ground Zero mosque debacle, and we were to write an essay on our opinions of a hypothetical mosque being built near the Pentagon. I was very confused about my own feelings […]

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Art and 9/11

Throughout all my years as a student, I have been asked the question: What is Art? It seems like the universal answer to this question is that it is a form of expression, and as seen in this class, expression is often needed during times of tragedy. September 11, 2001 was a horrible date for […]

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Surprisingly…

While reading The Submission, I was completely insulted by the ignorance of the majority of the characters in the book. Although I feel like that ignorance represented the idea of Islamophobia after 9/11, it was still horrible knowing Americans really did have that reaction. For a country built on freedoms, it seems like the citizens […]

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Thank you, class

I just had one of those “I just need to start over” moments. My post was all over the place. I don’t know how much more together this one will be, but I’ll do what I can. I wanted to briefly talk about this class and how valuable it has been for me. I will […]

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As we discussed in class, Changez from The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Khan from The Submission share several characteristics as they explore their identity in the two novels. At the beginning of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Changez is not much of a conformist. While he wants to fit in at Princeton, he recognizes that his exoticism gives him an advantage,”…the […]

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About all of it, and broadly, because that is how I’ve been thinking about it: in broad terms. And think about it I certainly have. In fact — and I do not mean this in any hard core academic sense (though maybe I should profess otherwise) — I’ve thought and spoken about this class far […]

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In the process of writing my final blog post, I came across something interesting. Thanks, as usual, to the wonders of the internet, I found this. Yes, that is a film version of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, set for 2013. And yes, Kate Hudson is Erica. This is just one of those things that I had […]

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I had the pleasure of watching it through the browsing room window. Anyway. The Submission! I’m still not sure how much I like this book. Compared to Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close it was much harder for me to get through. I wasn’t drawn in,wasn’t captured, by any of the characters. I think it’s probably […]

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Submission

The  further I read into Amy Waldman’s The Submission, the more fitting I found the title.  Not only do the multiple definitions of the word “submission” explained by Charlotte in her presentation apply to the novel in different ways, in addition to the meaning of the word “Islam,” as mentioned by Maria, but the book […]

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As you know, throughout the semester we were recommended books by our professor, and sometimes, fellow students. About mid-way through the semester, I started keeping track of our reading list. Eventually, it morphed into a list of songs, movies, and tv shows, too. The following is that list. Kate Chopin, The Awakening, what it’s about here […]

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Long Overdue

This is categorized under The Zero and that’s exactly why this post is so long overdue. It’s on page 150 when Paul is talking to Remy about making movies out of their 9/11 experiences. He says everything goes through this cycle of opportunity: first inspirational stories, kids and animals, shit like that; then the backdrop […]

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What’s in a Name?

In reading the Submission and working on a public speaking project about math and science until 3:30am I remembered something from high school. I went to a charter school, as I’m sure most of you know, which means I had classes three days a week, math for two hours a week, science for three, college […]

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The Next Generation

Throughout the course of this year, I have certainly learned one thing: September 11, 2001 is not a date in history, it is a date that is still very much ‘alive’ in the hearts of Americans. Although this year was the 10th anniversary, and  a valid reason to celebrate, or rather commemorate, it still seems odd to me that 9/11 is as widely […]

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