Galería fotográfica y musical 6: Chandler, Hammett y Salinger

Alethia Ochoa:

This picture of a carrousel could represent one of the images of
paralysis in Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye. In this manner,
the carrousel could imply movement and change, but always it is at the
same place, as well as Holden’s life when he intends to travel and
change his life, but, at the end, he remains in the city and does
anything to change it.
“Anyway, we kept getting closer and closer to the carrousel and you
could start to hear that nutty music it always plays. It was playing
‘Oh, Marie!’ It played that same song about fifty years ago when I was
a little kid. That’s one nice thing about carrousels, they always play
the same songs” The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger


Karina Lamas Evangelista:

This song by Nick Cave made me remember how important is for Holden, who is very young, to take decisions that are going to change his life. Holden’s decisions are quite important for this novel to be a Bildungsroman in which a development or growing of the individual is implied.

Etzel Hinojosa:

Wherever he goes, Holden is always looking through a window. Sometimes it is because he cannot deal with what is happening inside the room where he is; and sometimes because he just want to witness what is happening in the outside world. This is significant because it represents, in a way, the internal conflicts of the main character.

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Lucía Rodríguez:

This plant reminded me of one of the final images in Raymond Chandler’s short story “Red Wid.” The image of the damage caused by the red wind, and that stands for the irreparable destruction that this world of corruption and chaos has caused is one of the most striking ones in the story, eventhough it precedes the calmness, freshness, and vastness of the ocean. The narrator explains: Everywhere along the way gardens were full of withered and blackened leaves and flowers which the hot wind had burned” (1573).

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Valeria Becerril:

This choice may seem a little too simple since I chose a song called “Catcher in the Rye” but it is a perfect example of the tradition left by Holden as we can see from the chorus which goes “I don’t want to be no hero/ I wouldn’t care to wear a halo.”


Eréndira Díaz:

This photo was taken at a botanic garden. In the middle of it, there was this large lake and there was a sign that explained that they had not covered the lake because at a time of the year, many different species of ducks migrated there. The ducks that appear swimming in “The Catcher in the Rye” reminded me of this photo. As you can see, I was not lucky enough so as to visit this place when ducks are in it. Nonetheless, there was this beautiful (and tremendously big) heron which stays at the season where ducks are not around, once they come back, the heron goes away. There is an equilibrium which we all living beings have and maintain; much as the carrousel that does not lean nor falls because of its uniform coming and going, I feel we are all part of a similar movement.



Poetry Zone 5: Robert Frost

Robert Frost por Valeria Becerril Fernández. Desactivaré los comentarios este viernes 19 de abril a las 10 am.

Galería fotográfica y musical 5: Mark Twain

Karina Lamas Evangelista:

Lucía Rodríguez:

While reading Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, this rhythm came to my mind.

Etzel Hinojosa:

One weekend I was visiting one of my mother’s friend and I saw this in the livingroom. I think these objects esely represent the common image that we have of Huck, although the whisky at the back is more related to Huck’s father

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Valeria Becerril:

For Huckleberry Finn it was clear that I needed a song by Creedence. The difficult part was choosing just one, while “Green River” might have worked it deals more with nostalgia and Huck´s journey is the search for freedom which I think “Proud Mary” symbolizes perfectly.

Eréndira Díaz:

I took this photo last year, a couple of days before my birthday as I was coming back from a trip. I was passing by this section of the highway which has always been surrounded by a really big lake. A long time ago, most of my family used to live very close to that lake and I remember I was always afraid that the car might fall into the water. And having gone through that highway for years, every time Huck reminds us that he is following the river, makes me remember myself close to this lake. (When I took the photo, after all the years of having memorized that highway and having never fallen into the water, I was still afraid of drowning, yet I couldn’t stop looking into the sun’s reflection on it). Maybe Huck would have feel as dangerously hypnotized by the river as I was by the lake.


Galería fotográfica y, ahora, musical 4: Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman.

A partir de este bloque de lecturas, podrán enviar música (de preferencia enlaces de youtube) además de fotografías o en lugar de éstas.

Va mi contribución musical; algo que, desde que apareció, siempre me recuerda los tres textos de esta semana.

Por si no queda clara la idea, otro video con una de las canciones de Vedder e imágenes de la película:

Alethia Ochoa:

“For the sense of being which in calm hours rises, we know not how, in
the soul, is not diverse from things, from space, from light, from
time, from man, but one with them, and proceedeth obviously from the
same source whence their life and being also proceedeth. We first
share the life by which things exist, and afterwards see them as
appearances in nature, and forget that we have thought. Here is the
fountain of action and the fountain of thought. Here are the lungs of
that inspiration which giveth man wisdom…”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self-Reliance”


Lucía Rodríguez:

Although the reference to Leaves of Grass may be quite obvious, this image is actually a reminder of a passage in “Song of Myself” that I have always considered of utmost beauty, when the speaker is conversing with a child on the meaning of grass, and he reaches a charming conclusion: “And now it seems to me the beautiful uncut hair of graves” (110).

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Etzel Hinojosa:

The other day, just as I was arriving home, one of my roomates was watching Hey Arnold!, an old cartoon, on tv. In this chapter, the main character visited an aquarium and he found that one of its turtles lived in complete misery. He then told what he had seen to his grandmother and they decided to take illegaly the turtle back to the ocean. In the scene that I show in this picture, both characters discuss wether it is correct or wrong what they were doing, and so the following diaologue takes place:
ARNOLD: But, grandma, isn’t it against the law?
GRANDMA: Against the law of the king perhaps, but against the law of common decency, I think not

This immediately made me thing about what Thoreau stated in his own essay, “Resistance to Civil Government,” where he expressed that the individual was obligued to act according to truth even though this was against the law of man.

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Valeria Becerril:
This song reminds me of Thoreau´s idea of embracing nature.

Poetry Zone 4: Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman por Lucía Rodríguez. Desactivaré los comentarios el 10 de abril a las 10 am.

Ensayo de medio semestre

Deberán entregarlo el miércoles 17 de abril.

Galería de fotos 3: Toni Morrison

Karina Lamas Evangelista:

This jacaranda tree made me remember the chokecherry tree in Sethe’s back. The “revolting clump of scars” that Pauld D sees  is also a powerful image that reminds us the barbarity of slavery.

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Alethia Ochoa:

Looking at my photographic albums, I found this picture of a river in
Xico, Veracruz. The stream and the brigde made me think about the
importance of the Ohio River in Beloved because it represents the
border to traverse in order to be free. For instance, when Baby Suggs
cross the river she begins to feel for the first time the beating of
her heart. “She fixed on that and her own brand of preaching, having
made up her mind about what to do with the heart that started beating
the minute she crossed the Ohio River.”


Montserrat Ochoa:

I took this photo because it made me think of Sethe’s scars in the form of a tree, and both the positive and negative implications of them. This tree has dried braches and so is Sethe’s identity; but, on the other hand, I considered those small red flowers the beauty on her scars, as Amy Denver pointed out.


Etzel Hinojosa:

My home lies beyond the path under the trees. it remainded me of Paul D’s journey who, following their flowers, managed to find Sethe’s tree. There is also a stone at the right side of the photograph, which I decided was a grave. In Beloved, images of life, death and violence go always hand in hand.

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Valeria Becerril Fernández:

I modified this photograph in order to recreate the importance that color has in the novel Beloved.


Lucía Rodríguez:

When I think about Beloved, the images of trees comes to my mind. Not only because of the beautiful, and shocking, imprint that Sethe has on her back as a reminder of her painful past, but also because in the novel there are many instances of this natural image. When she dreams outside her house, she sees her babies sometimes in “beautiful trees” (47), and here the image becomes dual, it is also the represenattion of what is dear to her and now she has lost, but also as the the place where these dear memories dwell. This bark, in particular, also reminded me of the colours that are present on the text, the sepia that Erendira was refering to and also the red that is also particular of Sethe’s back: “Roses of blood nlossomed in the blanket covering Sethe’s shoulders” (109).

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Eréndira Díaz:

One of the images that stuck in my head when reading “Beloved” was Sethe running away from Sweet Home. After Amy has left her and it begins to dawn, Sethe turns around and as she is with her back towards the earth, I pictured the sunlight passing through the branches of some pine trees. This description does not appear in the novel, but I completed that blank space, that absence of description with my own version of what could have Sethe seen. I actually had to lay down on the floor in order to take this picture