ENGLISH 1A – 7PM

7-7:10pm:  What happened today?  Narrate to us a little…..  Where is the happiness, the humor?  And if you don’t see any, could a reader?

For tonight’s page:  PURPOSE AND INTENTION IN YOUR NARRATION!!!!!

7:10-7:30pm:  Before getting into Irby, tell us about your writing style, and how perhaps its moved or re-shaped since the semester started?

7:30-7:45pm:  How are you and Irby alike?  Different?

For tonight’s page:  What’s discouraging to others can be delightful in opportunity to others.

FOR TONIGHT’S PAGE:  You create your own leads, your own opportunities and reality, realities.

7:45-7:55pm:  What was the last essay from her you read?  Thoughts?

7:55-8:05pm:  How would you describe her style?  You’ve done this before, but please provide a little more support of your opinion and assessment of her writing practice.

WRITING PROMPT:  Start writing an essay about right now… where you are and what you’re doing, the room you’re in and the characters there with you.

FOR TONIGHT’S PAGE:  Conversations with self, for new self.  New pages and light.

FOR TONIGHT’S PAGE:  Irby in many ways tells us to have conversations with ourselves, that we are always learning about our identity and that identity can change, WHICH IS OKAY!!

8:05-8:15pm:  Close….  What’s in your notes, on tonight’s page?

ASSIGNMENT:  Keep reading!  Finish book by next class.  Keep emailing me thoughts!!

ASSIGNMENT:  1-page creative – Telling us about something that happened to your recently, or whenever.  KEEP IT TO A PAGE!  Or try…..

Thank you guys for being here tonight!  And, if you want to know your grade on Sedaris, or in the class, keep bugging me till I give you an answer!  Let me write this again…. Your presence and production is what will get you the grade you want, even more than conventional assignments.  Make yourself known, share ideas, connect to each other and create community even in this weird distanced and virtual life we’re all living.

As always, need anything let me know.

RESPECT.

– #professormikey

153 Comments Add yours

  1. Michael Pearson says:

    As I said earlier I have finished but need to reread a few passages. I really enjoyed her story Real housewives of Kalamazoo. The part where she is trying to get Siri to get her directions to the the woods and she says that Siri gave a long sigh and said “Bitch, are you sure”.

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  2. beysaira abundiz says:

    The last essay I read was “Will we have children and if we do, will you change diapers”. My thought is that she doesn’t want children because she doesn’t want to be taking care of a child and she wants to have all the time for herself.

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  3. The last essay was “yo, i need a job”, i enjoyed it, because shes in the service industry and I can relate to that, dealing with people who think they are special,

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    1. Anahiolazo says:

      I’m able to resonate to this as well.

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        Universality makes any piece more inviting.

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  4. kaylinromo says:

    The last essay I read from Irby’s book was, ‘The Case of Remaining Indoors”, which I now I think is funny considering how we all know a little something of remaining indoors too lol but I really enjoyed it. She is very detailed and everything she says I totally agree with. Like her, I’m not a huge summer person, I prefer the fall and winter and her reasonings are totally relatable

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  5. claudia alvarez says:

    Irby’s style is honest and humorous. She is honest about her life and her experiences even though it can be serious but can make something negative = positive

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  6. mikemadigan says:

    Back at the desk. Sorry… delays that were kid-caused. Loving the discussion tonight. If Irby doesn’t connect with you, examine why!!

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  7. beysaira abundiz says:

    she is a person that has the humor to write and could make anyone laugh. “The book didn’t make me laugh out loud. it made me laugh silently wheezing and crying until my sides ached”.

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  8. mikemadigan says:

    I find her style easy, and not as in lacking any skill or effectiveness, but as I’ve said before ‘inviting’. And, universal.

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  9. Quince Wu says:

    Irby is very honest about her feelings and can makes lots of things funny! I like how she just share things that people are not likely to be sharing with others, this create a very very unique experience for me in reading.

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  10. mikemadigan says:

    Quick creative sketch– Write about the room you’re in , RIGHT NOW!!!!!

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    1. claudia alvarez says:

      candle lit, lights on, warm blanket around me, white and purple aesthetic, cozy but small room

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  11. Her style is more open minded because she really doesn’t care who she is talking too she talks the same way to everyone she doesn’t try to change the way she is for anyone or in any situation

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  12. Her style is casual, nothing too fancy, easy to read and I can form my opinion without doubting myself, like I did with Sedaris

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    1. kaylinromo says:

      I agree! I feel like although Sedaris was interesting, he did have a more sophisticated style that would cause me to over think it, whereas Irby is way more casual and just says it like it is, making it easier for me to form an option!

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  13. mikemadigan says:

    When you’re done with your sketches, let’s close it up!!! Sorry again that I got pulled away!!

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  14. kaylinromo says:

    Right now, Im in my living room. Its dark for the most part but there is a slight light coming in from the kitchen. Im sitting on my couch with my ceiling fan spinning creating a breeze and a very quiet but noticeable squeak.

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  15. mikemadigan says:

    Love this!! Meditative, or a suspenseful framing….?

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    1. kaylinromo says:

      I’d say more on the suspenseful framing side !

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  16. Quince Wu says:

    I’m in the living room. Tall ceilings, white walls without decoration. I should probably convince my parents to get some, since it looks so empty. Sitting by me, is an old steinway & sons piano, I’m so proud it. The room is clean simple and doesn’t have any fancy things which crazy designs. Very quiet.

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  17. aalexvillanueva94 says:

    the last essay i read was I’m in love and it’s boring. even though it was pretty short it felt like watching a romantic movie with a not so happy ending. sorry if i spoiled it for anyone. but it started off with all the romance and the perfected first meeting to ending with a “We could’ve been a good thing”.

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  18. beysaira abundiz says:

    On today’s page: finish read the book and understand it and understand what’s the meaning of the book!

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  19. Shoe box size of a room, filled with keepsakes and a plant named Wensy the third, who I am trying to keep alive!
    (you can guess why its the third HA!)

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  20. mikemadigan says:

    Love the plant’s name!!

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    1. Thanks! Its what we called our great grandfather, whos name sounds like it came from like Russia!

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  21. claudia alvarez says:

    on tonights page, find multiple relationships with Irby

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Or just one. YOURS.

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  22. noah fruge says:

    Im in my room sandwiched between my Desk and my bed. Fat dog in the corner snoring, Very bright lights. Rooms pretty empty.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Love the short sentences and the journalist feel here!!

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  23. beysaira abundiz says:

    Goodnightt !!!

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  24. duncankindopp says:

    Samantha Irby uses a narrative writing style. Most of her stories have a beginning, middle, and end but she gets there different ways. In her first essay, My Bachelorette Application, she has a little introduction (beginning) then goes straight into telling us what she wrote on the application (the middle). She finishes with her qualifications which are mostly her own opinions (end). She has a similar written. essay with You do not Have to be Grateful for Sex, Short story to lead off the essay about the dude’s chub (beginning), goes into a list of all the hot guys she slept with and the stories behind them (middle), then finishes the essay with a conclusion that is pretty much the title of the essay (end). She uses this traditional narrative writing style in a completely untraditional way. of course, sometimes she will tell us a story with a normal beginning, middle, and end like, A Christmas Carol, but most times she likes to spice things up with an unorthodox essay style to tell her stories such as the two examples above. This nontraditional way of writing makes it very relatable to the common person such as myself and makes every essay different and refreshing.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Great argument here…

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  25. claudia alvarez says:

    Have a good night everyone! Enjoyed tonights chat see y’all next time

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  26. aalexvillanueva94 says:

    I’m in my room on my bed that takes up almost the entire room with my back to the wall that has my California flag on it. you guys have seen me lea n on this wall in our zoom meetings. facing towards my closet that has mirror sliding doors and one of them is open so i can see all my shirts hanging. my dog sitting next to me enjoying the rotating standup fan blowing on him and my dresser to the left of me with a stack of unopened credit card offers on top of it

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  27. kaylinromo says:

    Goodnight everyone!!

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  28. garinmccormick says:

    I’m currently sitting, burrito in hand, in downstairs living room. There is no upstairs living room, just clarify it happens to be downstairs. There is a lot of art on the walls. Some of it very much geometric modern art stuff made by my aspiring artist half brother which i look up too. several musical instruments on the walls my mom calls “decorations”. Its maybe a 25′ by 15′ foot room (medium to smallish room, hope that’s what 15×25 means) that separated by a large pillar creating a open doored one fourth section of the house kitchen. Being a family of average american income whilst living in Sebastopol entails a “comfy” sized apartment but i rather like it.

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  29. Quince Wu says:

    Good Night.

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  30. On tonights page DON’T PANIC! haha goodnight guys!

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    1. beysaira abundiz says:

      Good one !!

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  31. mikemadigan says:

    Have a great night, everyone!!! See you on Thursday!!! Have an amazingly creative and FREE day tomorrow!! PEACE…

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  32. garinmccormick says:

    that was supposed to be a quick write but ended up taking some time oops. Goodnight everyone!

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  33. aalexvillanueva94 says:

    I noticed that with Irbys style she tends to start with one story and then give a flash back to another story in order to give you more insight into what she is feeling and then goes back to her original story. so her style is as if though she is talking to you i n person because i do this all the time only it seems to make more sense when its written down because when i do it i feel like im all over the place and the person im telling me story to loses interest

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  34. ethonn says:

    Hello everyone, I’m replying a little late here to the blog I apologize. My day was very long, had to watch both my nephews until my brother got home from work.

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  35. ethonn says:

    My writing style is pretty open. Before I took this class I used to write in the style of song lyrics but also jotting down notes on my phone when something crossed my mind.

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  36. Michael Pearson says:

    Chilling in my bedroom. The fan blowing with the sounds of cars coming through the window. My door is closed and the kids are quite, to quite lol.

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  37. ethonn says:

    The last essay I read was the actually the last one, I finished the book fairly fast which I’m very impressed by myself. I usually don’t get it done for a while. Also, how I would describe her style is very raw and unfiltered. She’s literally writing anything that comes to mind down on paper whether it’s something we want to hear or not. So she’s very genuine in her writing and you can easily tell that,

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  38. ethonn says:

    (My Writing Prompt, had to catch up sorry) Right now I am in my media room. It’s very quiet besides the fans coming from my computer. Sort of cramped in this room. No windows, and very blank walls. I spend most of my time in this room when I have to work on school. This room doesn’t sound all that great, but it’s a nice place to drain out noise and collect your thoughts and get work done.

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