•April 8, 2013 • 1 Comment

At the park they BOLTED about, playing, skipping, jumping from one activity to another. The babysitter watched them, smiling nostalgically, REMEMBERING memories new and OLD. JUST as she began to feel more relaxed, one of the children screeched. She ran over to where the youngest, Jimmy, was weeping as blood ran all down his face.

“What were YOU UP TO?” she cooed.

“I hit my EYEBALL on a ball and then I fell on that THINGY. And then I jutht… had ENOUGHT”


for the love of candy

•April 8, 2013 • 1 Comment



•April 8, 2013 • 1 Comment

I am currently writing about books that have defined MY ADOLESCENCE, books that have been OH so important WITH regards TO my SCHOOLING as well as my existence. I WAITED, back then, for a boy to show me HE loved me instead of merely saying it. To BE a girl back then was difficult; I found solace in the act of reading, as WELL as in the SEA.

Delicious Final Project

•April 8, 2013 • Comments Off on Delicious Final Project

Soo although I’ll be most likely discussing my project in class tonight.

Here’s my proposal for my final project:


I’ve picked local pro-women organizations that help out poor women and girls in the community of Pittsburgh. These include Bethlehem Haven, Gwen’s Girls, Planned Parenthood, New Voices Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, Crisis Center North, and Greater Pittsburgh Literary Council

For Each Group There will be a short story surrounding an individual who is involved with one of the organizations. This story will be told through hypertext. At the end of the story there will be information on the organization and also an optional ‘call to action’ where the reader chooses the level of engagement she or he would like to be involved with.

For example: The Planned Parenthood story is about a woman who cannot afford healthcare and is going to planned parenthood because it is a wage based health facility. Yet because it provides controversial services like Abortion, there are protesting pro-life groups that wave posters of mutilated fetuses to women seeking general care. The narrative will be told first person and will be in the head of the individual’s story. It will end when the main character gains access to the building. The last page of the hypertext narrative will include information on the organization and also the ability to volunteer. There will be an option to sign a petition regarding women’s access to healthcare facilities like planned parenthood. also the option to volunteer as an escort for patients to comfort them while they walk through these protest groups. I will include images in the narrative as well.

So my project will be informative through the creative outlet of story telling, and then at the end relate to real action that one can engage in regarding issues& lives in the greater community of Pittsburgh. Whether one has the time to volunteer or support an organization it leaves the reader/player that option.


Turning off Systematic Autopilot Values or Standing Static: What the Cut Outs Say to Who

•April 8, 2013 • Comments Off on Turning off Systematic Autopilot Values or Standing Static: What the Cut Outs Say to Who

What is cut out of Street of Crocodiles to create Tree of Codes? 

Foer’s “Stripping it of sexuality, animality, and sleaze”

Foer cuts out the complexity. The garden sex. The connection to ambiguous sexuality scenes in Schulz’s and its relation to nature’s fertility.

no more cockroaches, girls, wings, maids…

What’s cut out may make it a minimalist’s all inclusive poem. The power dynamics of minor characters of the original text are cut out. This text (like translated texts) is separate from the parent text. It’s another entity that exists in connection with its “parent” text.

Schulz: Reality doesn’t give rise to words, yet words beget reality…Like Barbarians, We are building our homes out of fragments of structures and sculptures of the gods.

Schulz’s text uses elaborate imagery with description when setting up a scene. For instance: “the pale network of veins to the pale arms” Schulz informs the readers that systems are at work and in place and reinforces this with repetition. While Foer, still uses the concepts of this system yet lets this word speak for itself at face value. For instance: ‘whole generations’ or ‘wave after wave,’ yet cuts out descriptions of networks while still retaining the minimal connotation of the original text. The quote from Schulz speaks to the recycling of ideas from ancient cultures to modern ones. Foer recycles Street of Crocodiles with changes. Creating mother as a larger figure while cutting out complication of sexuality. What does this imply? Are the implications one draws from the cut out material individualistic to readers? For these concepts are interpretive to experience and knowledge, and so the participatory engagement is in the hands of how much the reader is willing to “read into” the text.


imprisoned   flower men      turnover  cards. fall      or scatter     smoke in  air.

      blushing    menstruation.      what’s familiar.   window of gardens. 

sighs. of         moustache of         nothingness.,    developing age

and sex      in  strange   positions.       falling.       and rising.    seen by eyes.  



evolving instance.    systematic blushing    or    atmosphere blushing.    one.     individual.  small layer   everyday            wide                   eyes              mundane          as   obscure

view broadening.      view blushing.     uncover here.         maybe.          retelling passerby.



I cut out: literary terms to describe the scenes such as metaphors comparisons and similies. I wanted to keep concepts of sex in there for the sake of wider interpretations based on destruction and rebirth (IT IS SPRINGTIME AFTERALL) I tried to play with the concept of systems and the role of the individual. eyes symobolizes lens. I used blushing to show inflections of personification what may connote different implications based on a dark/light (good/evil) dichotomy. Therefore, the darkness is blushing. The systems are blushing or embodying traits of the individual. Using the words in this order in a way to show the dialectic relationship of my notes without using the word comparison or other literary conventions that i cut out.

Although I give a short explanation of my cut out notes, it’s quite unnecessary probably regressive to the readability factor. However, for the sake of what we discuss in class, I’ve provided it. Yet I want to stress the importance of individual interpretation, and how open Foer’s text is to a wide range of readers. What questions this cut out raises, if systematic values are being reinforced by cutting out details of complications & sexuality, or are systematic values or institutions questioned? Whereever there’s a queer reading, there’s more to this text to be uncovered.


•April 8, 2013 • Comments Off on AWKWARD

That awkward moment where you were almost done a blog post and the internet stops working in the bus station. Well, the good news is, I am finally back in the ‘Burgh. The bad news is, when the internet stopped working my blog post was no longer there, so here it is:

For my final project I am going to expand on my midterm. I want to “perfect” it, and try to add more references as well as overall class concepts into it. I also want to use Cameron’s idea of making the words fit into a literal box and then slowly begin to take words out and make it become a sort of insanity plea. I also hope to add a surprise to the ending, that is if the technology finally decides to work in my favor. -_-

Final Project Funsies

•April 7, 2013 • 1 Comment

So, I’m really excited about my final project.

Like, really really excited. Basically, I want to collect words from whoever wants to put them into my website and then randomly turn around and spit out sentences that (hopefully) make sense. I figure that about 80 percent or so will fail miserably, but the 20 percent that look like they were written by a sentient human being and not a PHP script randomly throwing words together will be awesome. Now, I’m hoping that this will touch a bit on cut-out literature. Basically, I think this because the way I’m going to put these words together should be somewhat reminiscent of that style of writing, but in a different way. 

Basically, instead of cutting out, I’m going to be cutting in. What’re everyone’s thoughts?