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What made people want to follow your hero? What instances in their life inspired them? What could they have done better? Students will be asked to relax and work on only a rough draft of their essay, while I walk around the room and observe their progress. Students will then paired up with another student and be asked to type their rough draft on their blog. After reviewing the peer-edited version of their essay, students will then be given time to work on their final copy of the essay, submitting it to me for review.
Are any of the characters reluctant to trust the other race or join the cause at first? If so, why? What makes these characters decide to change? What sort of obstacles do the characters have to face? How do they overcome these obstacles? After reading the poem, I too sing America and discussing its meaning as well as the life of Langston Hughes, students will be given a handout detailing the guidelines for a poem project they will be asked to complete.
The assignment will not call for students to hand-in any sort of written information. They will simply need to research their chosen poet and poem and be prepared to read the poem and describe it to the class. Presenting their poet and poem, students will be asked to tell the class: Why they chose this poet and poem. What kind of difficulties they think this person had to face.
What kind of issues this person was speaking out against. Why this poem is so powerful. If they think it was effective. How it makes them feel. If they were a racist in the time this poem was written, what they would have thought after reading this poem. What sort of impact they think it had on the race in which it was written for. Students will then be given time to research a variety of poets on the computer and time to select one that speaks to them the most.
They will then be given time to explore their poet and poem and time to think of how they will present their poet and poem to the class. Students will then come to the front of the classroom, one at a time, read their poem in a loud and clear voice, explain to the class why they chose this poet and poem, and the answers to the questions detailed in the project guidelines.
Students will be asked to conduct an interview. This assignment will have the students select an older relative and ask them questions about what it was like living during the 40s, 50s, 60s, or 70s. Students will first write down the name of the relative they plan to interview. Then, beneath that, they will begin brainstorming and writing down the questions they plan to ask in their interview. These questions will need to revolve around the issue of race and the conflict that existed among different races in past decades.
They will then offer to read some of these questions aloud, which will help other students to create their questions. They will then turn their questions in to me for review.
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I will give them a small grade, then hand their questions back, so that they may conduct their interviews before the next sessions. When students return, they will read the highlights of their interview aloud to the class. Extra credit will be given to those who record their interview and are able to play parts of it for the class. Students will then be asked to take out a sheet of paper. Students will be asked to write at least entire page, answering the question. Further guiding their reflection, I will explain to them that it is great if we learn a valuable lesson from these past sessions but that they mean nothing if we do not put what we have learned into practice.
I will ask them to give me suggestions in their paper as to what we can do with our new information. To Kill a mockingbird. Wade, W. New York: Oxford University Press. Douglas, F. Selected excerpts from Frederick Douglass slave narrative. I have a dream speech. What kind of articles have you found in your paper? Then, write a paper that answers the following questions: What made your hero so powerful? What age are the characters who are fighting racism? Tell us: Why you chose this poet and poem.
What kind of difficulties you think this person had to face. If you think it was effective. How it makes you feel. If you were a racist in the time this poem was written, what you would have thought after reading this poem. What sort of impact you think it had on the race in which it was written for. This critical literacy unit is an effort to expose students to a variety of perspectives related to the tenets of the American Dream. While most American Dream units focus on classic texts such as The Great Gatsby, Death of a Salesman, or The Grapes of Wrath , this unit analyzes the American Dream through nonfiction texts that have to do with issues of the injustice of minimum wage, poverty, homelessness, and inequitable funding in schools.
Because students do not typically encounter much nonfiction in their high school experience, this unit serves to introduce them to the genre and teach them to analyze and apply persuasive techniques. These texts were instrumental in challenging my own perceptions as a college student, so I hope that they will do the same for my students. These texts will certainly provoke them. The social responsibility project at the end is intended to encourage students to step out of their comfort zones, apply what they learned, and improve the community that surrounds them.
New York: Continuum. As Freire advocates, this unit encourages students to examine the world around them through a variety of lenses and then determine whether or not they have a responsibility to change anything. During seminars, the teacher will serve as a facilitator rather than a lecturer, and students will be guided toward leading each discussion with little teacher input. Chicago: The University Press. Although I will give them the initial instructions, their own drawings and commentary will dominate the majority of class time.
My primary focus in this unit is to encourage students to think critically about the world around them as well as their own perceptions about themselves and others. Because the students will be grappling with the ideology of the American Dream and how it impacts their own lives as well as the lives of others, the context is both real and relevant to their lives. During each of the Socratic seminars throughout the unit, I will be taking notes on what my students contribute, and I will encourage them to take notes on what their peers say as well.
In this way, we will create a collaborative community in which the learning happens collectively rather than along a narrow path between one teacher and one student. In his review of the prevalent strategies for critical literacy, Behrman discusses the need for students to read texts to supplement traditional classroom texts.
While I believe that traditional texts can be very useful in helping students address and challenge social issues, this particular unit focuses wholly on these types of supplementary texts. While students may find it easy to distance themselves from texts written about bygone eras, it will be more difficult for them to remain indifferent when they encounter modern texts that deal with issues relevant to their everyday lives. Behrman also points out the propensity of critical literacy teachers to encourage students to read a text from a resistant perspective.
In this unit, students will be instructed to view the movie The Pursuit of Happyness from a variety of perspectives different from their own based primarily on gender, race, and class. In the fishbowl discussion that follows this viewing, students will take this a step further by taking on the persona of that particular marginalized individual in the discussion. After the projects have been presented, the class will vote on which project they would like to tackle based upon the power of the idea and the feasibility of whole-class involvement.
In this lesson students will examine the history of voting and decide if it is a right or responsibility. Using social networking sites, informational websites, video, and articles on youth voting they will determine why youth have a low participation rate and determine ways to increase the youth vote for the Alabama Gubernatorial Election as well as create a website informing youth about the importance of voting, giving suggestions for choosing a candidate, and providing information about the two candidates for Governor.
To conclude this unit, students will design an internet website encouraging youth voters as well as informing them about the candidates, film and publish to the World Wide Web a viral video on how to choose a candidate, and create a threefold display for the County Fair that will present the information gathered to a broad audience. Election Websites: Use these resources as a starting point for researching elections.
Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language e. Students use a variety of technological and information resources e. Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes e. Critical Literacy Students read in a reflective manner by giving meaning to messages of all kinds Students participate in dialogue about their needs and interests with others in order to solve problems and create solutions to problems that affect them and their communities.
Students participate in a social action project so that they may see a relationship between the curriculum and the world. Globalization Students use a variety of technological and information resources e. Compare the use of oral presentation skills of self and others. ELA Identify propaganda in nonprint media. SS 7 Citizenship 9. Identify individual and civic responsibilities of citizens of the United States.
SS 7 Citizenship Explain how the United States can be improved by individual and collective participation and by public service. TC2 Computer Applications 6.
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Computer lab time will need to be reserved for sessions , , , 12, 2. Familiarize yourself with movie making software such as Movie Maker 2 or the software that comes with a digital video camera such as PowerCinema NE for Everio 4. Collect Brochures and Pamphlets from candidates running for office.
These will be needed for session 5 5. Obtain a copy of the rules for exhibit booths at the county fair and familiarize yourself with them. Fill out an office supply form for any materials needed if required by administration. Make copies of any handouts as well as introductory letter for parents. Introductory letter should contain a section giving students permission to access Facebook as well as traveling to fairgrounds to set up exhibit. Introductory letter should be sent out at least two days before beginning of unit. Research voting and election statistics as it pertains to the youth vote.
Explain to students that one of the foundations of the constitution was the right of the citizen to vote because this is the first step in running a democratic government. Remind the students that the Constitution is a living document that has been amended numerous times in order to establish new voting rules which would allow more people to vote. Discuss who had the power to vote under the original constitution.
Students will fill complete parts I and II of the worksheet. Review answers when finished. Why do people vote or not vote? Give students about 10 minutes to write their response on notebook paper. Share student responses. Have students take notes on the facts given. Look at the handout from e-how on youth voting About Youth Voting in Election by Lesley Barker Compare these statistics to the facts from the video. What comparisons can be made from the two sets of statistics? Have students log onto their Facebook page. Why or Why not? What age group do you belong to? How do you get information about the candidates?
Log unto your Facebook account and begin to record responses from your posts into your chart. Give students about 15 minutes for this activity. Divide into groups of 3- 4 students and compare your responses. Using a sheet of poster board create a Venn Diagram to display your groups responses. As you work think about these three questions, you will discuss them as a class.
How do you think the source of information might effect the way people vote? What do you think is the most effective source of information for the candidates? What is the most useful source for the voters? Each group will share their poster created in lesson 3. What responses were the same? What responses were different? Count the number of responses in each group and determine what percentage fall into each of the three age groups.
What percentage will vote? What percentage will not vote? How does this compare with the percentages with the voting facts from lesson 2? Discuss with students that one of the most important voting groups is the youth vote ages Pose the question: Why is it important that this group make good choices about who they vote for? Put answers on board. Discuss the tips given in the video then brainstorm other ways to encourage young people to vote.
Pass out copies of the USA Today article on youth voting. Students will use the information gathered in session 4 as well as campaign brochures to develop a web page that will help inform and encourage youth voters to vote in the upcoming election. Students can use FrontPage or another easy webpage builder. As a group brainstorm what components need to be included on the website. Decide who will be responsible for each area of the designing and writing of information. As the students brainstorm visit with each group to hear their ideas and give suggestions if needed.
Remind students about their target audience if necessary. Students will spend the rest of class working on their web page assignments. Students are to put their work on their Flashdrives so that in order to complete any unfinished work at home. Homework: Work on individual sections of webpage if needed. Students will keep a log of any comments or suggestions in their composition notebooks for the next two days.
Have students divide into two groups and brainstorm ideas for a tri-section display that will share information about the candidates and encourage voting. Students are to make notes in their composition notebooks. After about 15 minutes have the two groups share their ideas. Students are to make notes in their composition notebooks about the issues each candidate thinks is important. Are there any issues that might have a direct impact on youth? Are there any youth issues that are not addressed on the two websites?
For the remainder of class students will divide into their groups and examine the two sites. Create a matrix of the major issues and the candidates responses to them. Go over steps to writing a business letter with students. Students are to write a letter to each of the two candidates. In their letters they will introduce themselves, give a brief explanation of the project, ask for campaign materials, and close by thanking them for help in the project. Students will share their letters with the members of their group for editing, then type or write a final copy with their typed questions enclosed.
Give students an opportunity to share any comments from their FaceBook posts. Allow time if needed to make any changes in their website plans based on those comments. Explain to students that in order to make a good decision regarding a candidate one must read all articles, books and biographies of the Politician, whose morals and objectives are of interest to you. Give students time to brainstorm information that would be important to share with voters who come to their fair booth. Students are to divide into their two groups.
Each group will take one of the candidates and using the internet research their candidate. Each group can work together as a team or they may assign each member a task. All members will record their information in their composition notebooks. Remind students that they are not choosing a candidate that they want to support but only gathering basic information about that person.
Give students the last fifteen minutes of class to use to share information they have found. Students will share comments and suggestions from their Facebook posts about their websites and evaluate if any changes can or need to be made to the website. Remind students that the information put on the website will also be used on their booth display. Assign some students to begin working on creating the display information using the fair guidelines as well as the plans from lesson 7 brainstorming session.
Pass out transcripts of recent news segments from the local TV stations as well as the articles students have been collecting. Students are to sort the articles and transcripts into groups according to their topics. Make copies if needed so that each student has at least one set of articles or transcripts to analyze.
Pass out the handout Elections and the Media. Do part I as a group. Students will complete part II on their own. Humorous — Candidates elicit a laugh or smile from the viewer. Scary — Candidates evoke images of fear usually combined with a Negative ad. Watch the three campaign videos from previous elections and after each one discuss the types of advertising technique being used, which type of ad is it, and what the target audience is for each video.
Students are to take notes on the class discussions in their composition notebooks. Give students time to finish their ad analysis if needed. Students will share their ads with the class by pulling up the ad on the classroom computer or Promethean Board if available and presenting their findings. Encourage students to offer their opinions on the ad presented. Pose the question-If you were going to make an viral ad to encourage and inform youth voters of how to make decisions on a candidate in the upcoming election, what would be some elements that would need to be included?
Give students a few minutes to think and then write ideas on the board. Inform students that they are now going to create a minute viral ad that will be uploaded to TeacherTube based on their suggestions as well as using material from their website. Students will spend the rest of class preparing a rough outline of a script for the video. Students will finalize and rehearse the script for the video.
Make a list of any props needed and prepare for filming the video during the next session. Students will do a rehearsal of their video and then film the actual video. Using the video camera software or Movie Maker 2 software students will edit and proof their video making any changes if needed. Once editing is finished students will upload their video to TeacherTube and YouTube as well as posting a link to these sites on their Facebook wall. Assign two students to send an email to each of the Gubernatorial candidates telling them about the video and sending them a link.
Students will use this session as a work day on completing their video from session 15 if needed or to work on their presentation materials for the fair booth. Extension Projects can be put into these sessions if they can be arranged. Students will finish any remaining sections of their booth and set up a mock example of the final arraignment. Determine if there are any adjustments or additions that need to be made and make them.
Pack up the booth components and any materials needed for setup the next day. Students will travel to the fairgrounds and set up their booth. Students are to take notes on different techniques, types of propaganda, and issues covered. Decide if any changes need to be made to the student website or booth materials based on the debate. Students are to compose a list of questions and interview a member of the media about how elections and candidates are covered by the news media. Take note of how they are working together as well as the content of their discussions.
Check the work the students turn in from their groups as well as their written notes from their research and discussions in their composition notebooks. Dear Parent or Guardian: Your child will be taking part in a unit studying youth voter participation and the upcoming gubernatorial election, which includes lessons and activities at school, and the opportunity to build a booth at the Jackson County Fair in September.
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As part of the program, your child will study the candidates and issues of this campaign. Please plan to spend some time with your child discussing the candidates and issues and gathering information from television, newspapers and magazines. Amendments are listed below. Ratified February 7, Ratified June 15, Ratified December 6, Ratified July 9, Ratified February 3, The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude— Section 2.
Note : Article I, section 9, of the Constitution was modified by amendment Ratified April 8, Ratified January 16, Repealed by amendment Ratified August 18, Ratified January 23, Ratified December 5, Ratified February 27, Ratified March 29, The District constituting the seat of Government of the United States shall appoint in such manner as Congress may direct: A number of electors of President and Vice President equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives in Congress to which the District would be entitled if it were a State, but in no event more than the least populous State; they shall be in addition to those appointed by the States, but they shall be considered, for the purposes of the election of President and Vice President, to be electors appointed by a State; and they shall meet in the District and perform such duties as provided by the twelfth article of amendment.
Ratified February 10, Ratified July 1, Ratified May 7, Which of the four types of ads are they examples of? List the types of propaganda techniques used in the ads. What are the key messages communicated in each advertisement? Which type of ad was more memorable? Which do you think would be most effective in convincing viewers to vote for or against a candidate?
Did you learn from the ads? Did they help you to decide which candidate to support? What do all types have in common? Do they provide factual information or do they evoke an emotional response? During which programs do the ads play? What time of the day do you see the most ads? What are the limitations of a 30 second commercial?
What type of image are they trying to create? If you were the campaign manager for a candidate for congress in your district, what type of ad would you try to create? They did not help others at all. They worked together some of the time, helping only a few times. They worked together most of the time. They were willing to help others when needed. Worked together with rest of group based on there own abilities and knowledge to make the group work come together. Distribution of Group Tasks Did not complete any of the work. Did not follow job description at all. Followed part of their job, but did really keep on what their job was.
Did their jobs to a satisfactory rating. Was awesome at both of their jobs. Went above and beyond what was necessary for them. Communication among group members Did not communicate with any other group members. Communicated thoughts, questions and explanations clearly. Individual participation Never tried any of own work. Copied what other group members had. Did some of own work, sometimes participated. Participated most of the time. Gave own ideas and worked well with rest of group.
Did a great job with group. I would like to work with this person again. Assistance Contributions were insignificant or nonexistent. Contributed some toward group work and project. Contributed significantly but other members contributed more. Completed and equal share of the work and strived to maintain equity throughout project. Was somewhat courteous and valued some opinions. Was courteous most of the time and valued what others were saying. Was courteous and valued each member of our group all the time. Effectiveness Work performed was ineffective and mostly useless toward the final project.
Work performed was incomplete and contributions were less than expected. Work performed was useful and contributed to the final project. Work performed was very useful and contributed significantly to the final project. Attitude Rarely had a positive attitude toward the group and group work. Usually had a positive attitude toward the group and group work. Often had a positive attitude toward the group and group work. Always had a positive attitude toward the group and group work. Focus on the task Rarely focused on the task and what needed to be done.
Let others do the work. Focused on the task and what needed to be done some of the time. I live in Germany and I would never presume to speak English or Spanish to someone waiting in line behind me. It was the same when I lived in Spain. Always, there are someone available who can speak English as a second language, bilinguals. The native English people knows that around the world they can speak English and someone will understand them. Why do they hate when latinox puerto ricans for example- a colony of USA speak Spanish? Some of us even speak in the classroom!
I only spoke Spanish to my sons when they were growing everywhere and never got any negative blowback like the two comments above. How long will it be before some folks realize we live in a Spanish speaking country? And I, ahem, know English. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. A smart, beautiful woman gets struck with a bad case of malaise and becomes a terrorist.
Deconstructing the plot that way makes it sound absurd, but Goodwillie manages to pull it off with modest success. That being said, you have a fairly typical navel-gazing story about people being bored with life in New York, which is told with great alacrity. You know there is something amiss when you would rather the characters spend their time talking at a party, where they are being interesting, rather th A smart, beautiful woman gets struck with a bad case of malaise and becomes a terrorist.
You know there is something amiss when you would rather the characters spend their time talking at a party, where they are being interesting, rather than when they are making a bomb. Literary thrillers are a rare species because it is hard to write characters, dialog, and plot all at once. Goodwillie can do the first two with no trouble whatsoever.
Hopefully for his next book he can figure out the third part, then we would be in for a serious treat. May 11, Nick rated it it was amazing Shelves: literary. I knew I was the target audience for this book when i read the NYT review, but I wasn't prepared for the sheer quality of the narrative drive and the appeal of the characters and story. This is the story of a contemporary pseudo-hipster blogger in New York who gets tied up with an alleged radical via a mysterious email with a photo.
He begins a search that transforms his life, and for us, the reader: we must know what the fuck happened! Like a whodunit, more like a whodunnit-and-why. Texture, vi I knew I was the target audience for this book when i read the NYT review, but I wasn't prepared for the sheer quality of the narrative drive and the appeal of the characters and story.
Texture, vibe, cultural references all spot on. The nostalgia factor was also big for me. A top read this year. Jan 17, Kate rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , nyc-literature. There are some pithy descriptions of NYC, and, since I am teaching a NYC lit and history class at the moment, I found myself to be especially tuned in to these moments: "There was a velocity to the city, a careening inevitability that became addictive. Everyone I knew felt it--the great rush of plans and possibilities--and we lived accordingly.
What was it exactly? It was everything vibrating at once" As I think about moving out of the city in the next couple of months, I do feel that I wil There are some pithy descriptions of NYC, and, since I am teaching a NYC lit and history class at the moment, I found myself to be especially tuned in to these moments: "There was a velocity to the city, a careening inevitability that became addictive. As I think about moving out of the city in the next couple of months, I do feel that I will miss this velocity.
Jun 17, Diane rated it really liked it. About young twenty somethings who are so disillusioned with America that they become part of revolutionary groups a la the Weathermen of the 60's and 70's. I found this very thought provoking. It makes me think about our country today and the spoiled young people who have a me-first attitude while they accumulate stuff at the cost of the environment to benefit the fat cats of business.
Sometimes it's good to see a few revolutionaries who want to shine a light on issues to help wake up the complac About young twenty somethings who are so disillusioned with America that they become part of revolutionary groups a la the Weathermen of the 60's and 70's. Sometimes it's good to see a few revolutionaries who want to shine a light on issues to help wake up the complacent Americans.
Jan 22, Tommy rated it it was ok. The premise of this book ecoterrorists blow stuff up without killing anyone is intriguing, as is the use of two narrators one of the terrorists and the blogger tracking her down. But the plot takes a couple of less-than-believable turns, and the author lets one of the narrators the more self-absorbed, less interesting one take over for most of the second half. I'm not sure why The New York Times named this one of the best novels of the year. Aug 08, Lynn rated it really liked it.
Liked it, even though it felt kaind of amateur. And the author got his facts wrong - the parents of the protgaonist supposedly met when they were juniors together at Yale at a time when Yale was not co-ed. And one of the minor characters could be me, reduced to the stereotype of which I am a member.
But this last is maybe why I liked it - a hint of how my kids' see my generation. The story, about eco-terrorists, moves along, the characters were believable to me. Good quick read. Aug 21, Clay rated it really liked it. A disappointed idealist turned terrorist, and a New York blogger on her tracks.
A gripping read that jumps back and forth in time, suggesting that not all Americans are willing to settle for rich, fat and happy. A Kenyon College graduate, the author worked as a private investigator and as dot com and Sotheby's worker, building up experiences that ground the book in reality. Jan 12, Alison rated it did not like it.
A decent story, glammed-up for probable cinematic adaptation with just enough forward propulsion that you will probably enjoy it in spite of its absurd plot twists, hilariously improbable characterizations and multiple, suspension-of-disbelief-shattering factual errors. Dec 21, andrew rated it it was ok. Dec 21, L. I went to high school with the real life Paige Roderick, and I hope she found and liked the book. If you went to Shaw High I've planted your name in a book somewhere. This is a book of big ideas and missed opportunities. Author David Goodwillie takes on serious topics, but, while he does make contact, he doesn't hit it out of the park.
Instead, he pokes it softly over the first baseman's head. The story begins just after a bombing in midtown Manhattan, and the city is still reeling, and searching for culprits. Protagonist Aidan Cole, a blogger who parties with the media elite, receives an anonymous tip pointing him toward the perpetrators of the bombing, and t This is a book of big ideas and missed opportunities. Protagonist Aidan Cole, a blogger who parties with the media elite, receives an anonymous tip pointing him toward the perpetrators of the bombing, and the story is set in motion.
The narrative bounces back in forth in dual first-person between Aidan and Paige Roderick, a member of the radical group behind the bombing. The story traces Aidan's amateur sleuthing and Paige's falling-in with domestic terrorists, with occasional detours to the aftermath, which finds Paige and Aidan holed up in safe houses somewhere, recounting the tale.
The book is set up nicely to explore a lot of interesting ideas, but never really delves too deeply into any of them. It frustratingly fails to live up to its potential, but I suppose it's better to read a flawed but ambitious book than a flawlessly complacent book.
One of the major selling points of the book is that it explores the roots of domestic terrorism. But it doesn't really. Paige has a root cause for her dissatisfaction with her country -- her brother died in Iraq -- but the book doesn't really spend a lot of time examining why her dissatisfaction has manifested itself so violently. Aidan, meanwhile, abandons all logic to attempt to single-handedly track down these domestic terrorists rather than turn this tip over to the police or to his New York Times reporter girlfriend, and his motivations for doing so are never quite clear.
The closest we get to an explanation is that he's bored with his superficial lifestyle, but again this idea is merely glanced at. Bret Easton Ellis this book is not. There are countless big ideas the book could have explored in depth but didn't. The book features one character who is a blogging media critic and one who is part of a radical group that sees the mainstream media -- and especially a fictitious Fox News clone -- as an enemy, and yet the opportunity to create a scathing critique of mainstream media is ignored.
The opportunity to explore Americans' complicity via complacency, while the government wages unjust wars and hands the wheel to corporations, is largely ignored. The narrator's best friend is a wealthy Venezuelan-American with ties to the revolution, but the opportunity to compare American social and political movements to those in South America -- a continent that has seen its fair share of revolutions -- is largely ignored.
And so it goes. The more I think about this book, the more I think about how great it could have been if it really put its back into it. And while missing all these opportunities, the author does manage to shoehorn in a pretty unnecessary bit of romance, succumbing to the frustratingly common pattern of male narrators wanting to nail every woman they encounter, going from zero to "I love you" in the time it takes them to describe a woman's tits.
Admirably, the book does not take sides and does not become polemical. But in a way this is also a weakness. Rather than argue from all perspectives simultaneously and leave it to the reader to sort them out, it argues from no perspectives. Sure, the argument against terrorism is pretty obvious, but it's odd that no one in the book really makes it. Similarly, it's odd that not much of an argument is made for violence, either.
There are some conversations of the "nothing will change unless we take action" variety, but they don't get too deeply into details before violence is arrived at as the best option. Rather than have the characters justify their actions with argument, the author imposes an implausible reality where violence is actually effective. In every instance, the radicals find some target -- say, a big corporation that's polluting behind the public's back -- attack it, and then sit back and watch as the aftermath of the attack leads to media scrutiny of the target, followed by legal investigations into the newly exposed wrongdoing, and then, ultimately, justice.
The radicals really are changing the world. It isn't that the radicals have a naive "we're going to change things" mentality that doesn't jibe with reality. They actually are changing the world in exactly the way they expect. I do not require a book like this to preach to me, to tell me what to think. Frankly, I prefer that it doesn't. But what it should do is examine all the facets of the issue at hand in all their complexity, and let me figure out what to make of it all.
On this front, the book falls a bit flat. It's a testament to the book that I'm as frustrated with it as I am. There is a great book in here, it just didn't quite make it onto the page. May 06, Andie rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. As I looked into it further, it was being touted as "the next Glamorama".
I love me a literary thriller, and 'Glamorama' is among my favorite books of all time, so this was a no-brainer purchase. Very satisfying after the let down of 4. Very satisfying after the let down of my previous read! Immediately, though, I must disagree with some of the notions that drew me to the book to begin with.
I'd say not- I have encountered few beach reads with this much substance And I'd say only the vaguest of details draw a resemblance to 'Glamorama'. There were some great cultural references inside, and a few more things straight out of a BEE novel for instance, one of the secondary characters has a last name of Touche On paper, the notion of dueling stories written by Aidan Cole, uber blogger-turned-refugee, and Paige Roderick, whose brother's death in Iraq led her to change paths from trying to change the world via NYC or DC think thanks to trying to change the world with planned acts of violence, seems hokey, but it actually plays out very well.
Goodwillie presents us with two very well rounded, three dimensional protagonists- it's amazing that two such disparate and clear voices coexist so well in the same book. I enjoyed the back and forth.
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Even many of the secondary characters- parents, friends- were so well rounded.. This worked, for the most part As a New Yorker, a last detail I want to mention is the exquisite detail woven in about neighborhoods, streets, characters, places to be seen, etc. New York is another secondary character in this book, and I can think of few novels that really know their way so intimately around these streets- Chinatown, Lower East Side, Chelsea. What we have here in this book is a story about what it is like to go against the government or as one character said, a nation.