AP English Language
Readings, Observations, and Experiences
Whether for class or my own enjoyment, these are a collection of some of my sources for learning.
Film and Television
- Georgia O'Keeffe. Bob Balaban. Sony Pictures for Lifetime. 2009.
This movie highlights the love that two artist have for one another. Artist Georiga O'Keeffe and photographer Alfred Steiglitz first meet on an awkward situation and they just suddenly seem to have fallin for each other. They live with a difficult and confusing ralationship as O'Keeffe pursues her painting. Once, the couple split O'Keeffe uses her personal life to inspire her and ultimetly leading to her best pieces of artwork.
A great scence is when O'Keefe first meets Steiglitz. Steiglitz is holding a show of artwork that he had come across. Unknowingly, the woman walking around the studio is the artist. O'Keefe confronts Steiglitz for having her painting and showing them off. She demand that he removes all of her work and to never promote them again without her permission. At the first moment that Steiglitz realized the O'Keefe was in his presence, he felt an instant connection and so did O'Keefe.
- Rihanna interview on 20/20 with Diane Sawyer
Every year half a billion women are victims of physical abuse. On average, it takes 8-9 beatings in order for the woman to leave her "significant other." On Feburary 9, 2009, singers Chris Brown and Rhianna attended the Grammys. However, that same evening a beautiful dream turned to a horrific nightmare. Rihanna confronted Brown over a text message that he had recieved earlier that night and Brown violently attacked Rihanna. For the first time Rihanna is telling her side of the story.
Nonfiction - Books
- Thomas, Piri. Down these mean streets. New York: Vintage Books, 1997. Print.
Down these mean streets is about Piri Thomas' childhood in the '60's. He faced discrimination everyday for being a dark-skinned Puerto Rican. He was often taunted and teased epecially when he lived in a Italian community. Thomas was driven into a gang hoping to find accpetance with others that looked like him. The only thing the gang got him was a trip to prison and allowing him to find who he really is. Thomas recalls his childhood memories in order to help children not follow his footsteps and lead them to a better life.
"I sat down for dinner and listened to Momma talk about Christian living without relly hearing her. All I could think of was that I hadda go out in the street again. I made up my mind to go out right after I finished eating. I had to, shook up or not; cats like me had to show heart" (27).
"'Put out your hands,' the hack said. He unlocked the cuffs and my hands were free, but that was all; the rest of me was in Sing Sing, for a max of 15 years. The first business was purification" (249).