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Post 16: QC Voices

Filed under: Uncategorized — bipasha255 at 5:53 pm on Sunday, November 28, 2010

Your blog really stood out to me and I wanted to point out that I am very proud of you for carrying this unique mindset. I have many Muslim friends who get annoyed when they are stereotyped for their religion, when they are considered a minority and talked as well as looked bad upon. They just complain; all sit and complain, and then just leave it as it is. I tell them, why not talk back? You staying quiet just allows people to continue saying negative things about you which obviously aren’t true. Yeah some people made huge mistakes and your religion was linked, but that doesn’t mean that you made those mistakes. Why should you have to suffer for their stupidity? Yes, all Muslims are Muslims but not all Muslims are terrorists and that stereotype must stop spreading and the only way that is possible is when Muslims step up themselves. I feel you could be one of those people who can stand up for his religion and his people and let the world know that there is more to me than my religion. Don’t let my name fool me, get to know me. Very well written, keep writing.


Post 15: Mr.Beller’s Neighborhood

Filed under: Uncategorized — bipasha255 at 12:29 am on Sunday, November 21, 2010

Pink Eye

by Iris Smyles


Hudson st & w 10th St. 10014

Neighborhood: Greenwich Village

This essay started off good, and had me engaged in reading it. Then it just started becoming boring as the narrator came off as a childish, immature person. It didn’t really have much to do with the neighborhood (Greenwich Village) and she just seemed like an alcoholic artist.

Dom’s Wife

by Mickey Z.


31st St. and 23rd Ave., Queens, NY 11105

Neighborhood: Astoria, Queens

This essay also started off good, I felt it would be something I could relate to, especially after being born and brought up in Astoria. The essay was getting good, and then it just ended, leaving me wanting to know what happened. The author wrote and built up a good essay and then left the reader with a cliffhanger ending.

Post 14: Stereotypes and Observations

Filed under: Uncategorized — bipasha255 at 12:31 am on Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Reading Joseph Mitchell’s “Professor Sea Gull”, I was surprised at this eccentric character of Joe Gould. I would not expect a Harvard graduate struggling with hunger, hang overs and being homeless for the most part. However, throughout the essay I was confused because Mitchell also mentioned the way Gould dressed and that didn’t sound much like how a homeless person would dress. Wearing a suit and overcoat, and even publishing his own work, however, the shoes he wears are a size or two larger than his feet. That hits that he IS a homeless and he either finds or gets these clothes and shoes to wear. It all still left me confused, but I don’t think Mitchell avoids creating a caricature. Certain aspects about Gould truly do humanize him, I guess just the way Mitchell wrote the essay did not strike me the way he intended on the readers to interpret the essay.

Joan Didion does go deeper into the first impressions of the “missing children” a.k.a. hippies because she tries to break down, document and explain throughout her essay about their practice. She doesn’t solely focus on the stereotypes and write as she would if she were biased. She also incorporates her own opinion about the matter and that also initiates her going deeper into the issue and bypassing just the stereotypes. Both Mitchell and Didion reflect upon their pieces well, however, I was just left confused with Mitchell’s essay perhaps because of his writing style which was unclear to me or I missed picking up on something in the reading.


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