Monthly Archives: October 2011

Internet as the New Back Alley

We all know the connotation of a back alley. It’s a place where “things go down,” where people are murdered, crimes are organized and drugs are sold. We try to avoid using these dimly lit pathways for fear of something … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Comments Off on Internet as the New Back Alley

David Foster Wallace on the American ethos

Recall that ethos has a few different meanings.  It’s most often used to describe the spirit or character of a people, place, or institution, which is how David Foster Wallace uses it in the video clip.  But in the study … Continue reading

Posted in 9/11 | Tagged | Comments Off on David Foster Wallace on the American ethos

Frantically Writing

While I was reading David Wallace‘s essay on his reaction to nine eleven, I immediately imagined him sitting at his desk frantically trying to get his feelings down on paper. Everyone knows what that feels like, I am not a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Frantically Writing

Blog Post 3 — Reaction to Wallace’s Article

David Foster Wallace, in his “The View from Mrs. Thompson’s,” describes a town in the Illinois during and immediately after the attacks of 9-11.  Illinois is far away from any of the events that took place on that day, yet, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Comments Off on Blog Post 3 — Reaction to Wallace’s Article

The Mold of a Terrorist

For Americans after September 11, 2001, trying to understand who was and who was not a terrorist became a really big deal. Were all terrorists poor Muslims, intent on destroying us? Or were they a group of very different people, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on The Mold of a Terrorist

The View From Mrs. Thompson’s

Here is a link to a pdf of David Foster Wallace’s essay, “The View From Mrs.Thompson’s,” scanned directly from the October 2001 issue of Rolling Stone magazine in which it appeared. Did you catch that?  He wrote this essay within … Continue reading

Posted in 9/11 | Tagged , | Comments Off on The View From Mrs. Thompson’s

Advice to Writers

The novelist Henry James had two pieces of advice for beginning writers: “Write from experience” & “Try to be one of the people on whom nothing is lost.” Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit … Continue reading

Posted in writing | Comments Off on Advice to Writers

Framing Sageman’s account of how terrorists are made

While doing mid term grades, I came across this passage in one of the Aslan reflective essays that I think warrants sharing: [Aslan writes:] A cosmic war transforms those who should be considered butchers and thugs into soldiers sanctioned by … Continue reading

Posted in Al Qaeda, Aslan Annotation | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Framing Sageman’s account of how terrorists are made

Just Human

Just Human             We as humans like the image of the villain. A simple clear evil indicated by a twirled mustache, over applied make up and lacquer nails, or pale skin and snake slit nose. We accept all this happily … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Imane and Sanae Laghriss (and other references in Sageman reading)

In today’s reading, Sageman attributes the radicalization of Imane and Sanae Laghriss to a number of factors, beginning with the highly publicized death of Mohamed al-Dura (see the photo below), a twelve-year-old Palestinian boy killed in September 30, 2000 when … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Imane and Sanae Laghriss (and other references in Sageman reading)