As I mentioned in Wednesday’s email, we’re reading first 100 pages of “Just kids” for next Tuesday February 26. Please bring your copies and be prepared to discuss the book. Writing is due 5pm on Monday February 25 as perusal and here is the prompt:
Patti Smith thrived during 60s and 70s when New York city was considered a haven for artists, poets, musicians and thinkers. How do you see this environment reading “Just Kids”? You can pick one of the two approaches below for your writing this week:
1-You can pick a neighborhood, avenue or area, and describe that location in your own words. This can be an imaginary picture of a place, while it can also be based on a photo (attach the photo), or a passage of the book. (Please make sure your research is within 60s and 70s time frame in New York city)
2-Based on the evidence provided by the author, compare New York city city as you currently see it, in comparison to what Smith has depicted. I would like you to be as specific as you can get about this. This can be real or imaginary.
Please refrain from binary, positive/ negative judgements about the location and try to provide evidence. In other words show me the old and new city (location) as opposed to expressing your emotions about it.
Email me if you have questions.
Since time is some reality in reality, we did not get a chance to thoroughly discuss “Whereas”, as our time was short. But for those of you who are interested, I placed a pdf of the book in our drive. Layli Long Soldier, is an astute poet from Oglala Lokota nation who resides in Santa Fe. A full chapter of “Whereas” is dedicated to a reflection on the apology provided by US government to Native Americans delivered during Obama’s presidency. In addition, there is an interview with Layli Long Soldier which I recommend listening to: “The Power of Real Apologies”.