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  • “Bartleby, the Scrivener”: the pure text, and the annotated versions September 12, 2017
    I will address the two annotated versions of “Bartleby, the Scrivener” separately. Genius: I don’t mean to be too harsh or cynical, but this annotated version of the story was almost unreadable for me. First of all, I was constantly taken out of the story due to the constant annotations. If this was the first … Continue reading "“Bartleby, the Scrivener […]
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  • Reflections on Melville’s short story, “Bartleby, the Scrivener.” September 12, 2017
    Slate: I liked how this version had helpful insight on the “moods” and “bodily functions” as to what was going on with the characters. I did find some of the annotations too long and my mind would trail on to something else. As a whole, I thought these annotations made the text richer in understanding … Continue reading "Reflections on Melville’s short […]
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  • Annotations Regarding Herman Melville’s “Bartleby, the Scrivener” September 12, 2017
    Besides being a scathing review of American capitalism in the mid 1800s, “Bartleby” is a protest story and an ode to the necessity to make your way in an absurd world. Two annotation sites, ‘Slate’ and ‘Genius,’ took the time to outline and take a deeper look into Melville’s story of “Bartleby.” ‘Slate’– One method […]
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  • I’d Prefer Not To Do This September 11, 2017
    Jokes aside, I had read “Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street” a few years back and to this very day the sheer novelty and oddity of the piece persists. As always, the plain text required a couple read-throughs to properly digest. Once that was out of the way I found myself properly satisfied […]
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  • A Look Into World War 1 September 14, 2017
    Anthem for Doomed Youth BY WILFRED OWEN What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?       — Only the monstrous anger of the guns.       Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle Can patter out their hasty orisons. No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;       Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,— The shrill, demented choirs of … Continue re […]
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  • Looking at Lovecraft: The Dreams in the Witch House September 18, 2017
    Whether the dreams brought on the fever or the fever brought on the dreams Walter Gilman did not know. Behind everything crouched the brooding, festering horror of the ancient town, and of the mouldy, unhallowed garret gable where he wrote and studied and wrestled with figures and formulae when he was not tossing on the […]
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  • Bartleby Bartleby Bartleby September 11, 2017
    Online reading is quite the new experience for me. In truth, I find myself constantly clicking away and finding myself unable to fully concentrate. Therefore, to read a long short story on a computer screen is challenging. Not only that but the addition of annotations make the reading longer. With that being said, there were several… Read More Bartleby Bartl […]
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  • Super-Rich Annotation Proclamation September 19, 2017
    For my super-richly annotated text, I’ve decided to do a close reading of Langston Hughes’ poem “Life is Fine.” I read this poem in the 9th grade and had to present it to my class. I was told by my teacher at the time that I didn’t seem to grasp the underlying theme of the … Continue reading "Super-Rich Annotation Proclamation"
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  • 495. The Elephant In Ernest Hemingway’s Room September 19, 2017
    In fulfillment of our super-rich annotated assignment, I have chosen to analyze Ernest Hemingway’s short story: Hills Like White Elephants.  Filled with metaphor, this early...
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  • Deep Annotation Selection September 14, 2017
    I have selected Kate Chopin’s ‘The Story on an Hour’ for annotation. It’s a good choice because it’s a short story, has an interesting writing style, and the purpose of the story is somewhat vague and unclear, so it’s open to interpretation.  
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  • Short Story Annotations 9/14 September 14, 2017
    I’ve attached the links to two different short stories, one is more contemporary while the other is a canonical classic. I chose a story by Raymond Carter because I’m pretty familiar with it and I enjoy reading it, it seems like every time I read Carver I discover something new and interesting within the text. … Continue reading Short Story Annotations 9/14 […]
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  • On Reading “Bartelby, the Scrivener” in different mode September 12, 2017
    Bartelby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street is a short story by Herman Melville in which an odd legal scrivener interrupts the logical thought of his boss. I read the story in three modes: plain as it was, and then annotated by two different websites, Slate and Genius. The former is a journalist’s website with … Continue reading "On Reading “Bartelb […]
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  • Bartleby, The Scrivener September 12, 2017
    Reading ‘Bartleby, The Scrivener’ un-annotated was fun and interesting. It was straightforward and you were able to understand it easily. When reading the annotated version on Slate, it was very confusing and I didn’t appreciate the annotations much. They were very distracting and very confusing as well.  I didn’t appreciate them much and just read … Continu […]
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  • Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-street Annotations September 12, 2017
    After reading the annotations on Slate for Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-street, I feel I have a better understanding of what online annotations can do. Before, I thought annotations were simply there to help the reader better understand the poem (i.e. looking up definitions, noting what is confusing to them). Online annotations seem…
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  • Slate VS Genius annotations September 14, 2017
    All three reading experiences were very different from each other. Reading the story in its original text with no annotations was very enjoyable and although it was long it was entertaining. However, due to my irresponsibility and procrastination I did this assignment the night it was due and the pressure to quickly finish the reading […]
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