Homework is  updated here


I have extended the due dates to Monday Dec 18 6 pm for #11 and Wed Dec 20 6 pm for #12.  That means you’;ll have 48 hours to read through your classmates thoughts before you respond.

Post 11_Passing Strange and You:

This is part of an article by Scott Miller from New Line Theatre:

In Passing Strange, the Youth thinks he finds The Real over and over again, but he always discovers that it’s someone else’s Real, not his own….And each time the Youth realizes this Real isn’t his Real, he chooses art over love and family because only art will take him the next step toward his own Real. The line in the show about living “between the clicks of a metronome” tells us so much – that he lives inside his art but also that he exists between categories, neither black or white, American or European, and that this story is neither fully true nor fully fictional.”

Reflect on your own search for The Real and address 2 out of 3 of these questions:

-How many times have you discarded a plan, an attitude, a belief that you thought was absolutely right at the time?

-Give a couple of examples where you exist between categories rather than inside them.

-The Youth chooses art to bring him closer–what do you think has guided your steps towards  The Real thus far?

Add any other comments you like.

Post 12:  Pick another student’s post and respond to it, as a separate post, not a comment under theirs.

example:  “Tasmim, I was interested in what you said about x….”.  A paragraph please.


Nov 27– Final Assignment

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Reminders!  Don’t forget your art review piece.  It’s due when you walk in to class on Monday.  Also, bring in your $12.00 materials fee if you haven’t already.

Blog post 10: Questions of scale, Questions of Genre:  There are many differences bewtween these 2 “Sound and Visions,” one of which is size.  The original was several musicians and 2+ minute long.  Beck’s reconstructions involved 160 musicians and lasted nearly 10 minutes.  Could you follow the expansion and variation of any of the components you identified from the original?  How different did you feel listening to Bowie vs the grand symphony in Beck’s one-off?

In the Latin Jazz bands we heard you had a big sound with many distinct and many melded elements.  From what you learned and experienced last week about jazz, how much might Beck’s rendition owe to jazz, (even though he’s not a jazz musician, despite some a few elements here, nor would any mistake this for a jazz piece).

Add anything else you want, but contain this to 300 words.

Due Sunday noon, as usual.

Friday, Nov 17

I’ve changed the Blog Post concept for #10.  Pre-post work:  Right now, before Monday class you should listen to David Bowie’s “Sound and Vision”.  I’ve provided a link from the album Low.  On this song the components are particularly distinct and disparate.  Try to count how many major components there are. This could be the background vocals, the bass line, where Bowie goes oooh ooee oo,  whatever.   Listen at least twice: Then, jot them down in your notebook as best you can.  The point is to listen closely.

Then, in class we’re going to have a different screening and I will announce what you are to do in the Blog post, which will be due by Sunday noon, the 26th.

Thursday Nov 9

Blog Post #9  Is Creativity Fueled by Pain?  Due Sun Nov 12 noon

Pain in Art, by Sarah Boxer:  Describe how the following quotes alarm/enlighten/encourage you about the process of creation.  How does the article challenge you as a creator?

Pick any 2 of these quotes from the article to respond to in your answer.

1)  “The only way people can really describe pain is to objectify it.”

2)  “When people forge tools or build things, they are often trying to alleviate discomfort. But first they must define the discomfort”

3)  “the sculpture [of Laocoön] didn’t change, but the idea of pain and justice did”

4)  “she suggests (Scarry) every impulse to make things—whether a painting, a chair, a poem, a vaccine or a building—is an attempt to ease the burden of sentience by shifting some of it onto the object.”

Monday Nov 6

  1.  We will get to Pain in Art on Mon Nov 13.  There will be a Blog Post #9  that will be posted here soon.  Please make sure you have printed out the article and bringg it to class.  Post will be due no later than noon on Sunday, Nov 12.

2)  Strongly suggest you come in on Wed Nov 8 and use the space in the Library to get going on plans for your accordion books.

3)  Your Art Show review, as discussed in class.  Due in HC by Wed Nov 15.  Late papers not accepted.

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We will hold off on Pain in Art discussion until Monday.  I will be making Blog Post #9 for it soon.  I

Friday, Oct 27  HW update:

Please read “Pain in Art”  under READINGS for Wednesday, Nov 1.

Blog Post #7 and #8  combined.

Due by Sunday noon.  Oct 29.  Please don’t skip this one!

Finish the Let the Great World Spin

Part I.  In class we read out the judge’s monologue and then watched Man on Wire.  You had written down your thoughts about the juxtaposition.  Distill them here  (3 sentences or more)
Part II.  The judge gets both Tillie and Jazzlyn and tightrope guy on the same day.  What is the effect of doubling up on those 2 central events?

Part III  P 349.   Claire is dying while the daughter and granddaughter of hookers is  watching. Jaslyn , a young black woman who should by rights of probability never have been in that upper east side apartment at all, much less in the position to be a quasi-granddaughter to Claire, has the last thought:  “the world spinning.”

Compare the ending to the prologue.  What has been bridged?

–Identify a bridge that surprised you, unsettled you in some way, at least at first.

–A bridge that made your heart sing

This section should be a good couple of paragraphs


Fall for Dance is Thurs Oct 12. Arrive at 7:30!  Dress appropriately.  City Center is at 131 W 55th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues)  10019

Oct 8.  Blog post assignment error.  Please see email sent this am.


Oct 5:  Blog post 5 due Sun night 6pm and Blog post 6 due Mon night 6 pm

Read “What to Listen for in Music” under Readings and then follow the instructions in the attached PDF here.

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Sept 30  Blog post #4.  Is Bigness Really Better?  150 words.  Due Sun night

We tend to be acutely aware of our size when it relates to other people.  People are short if they are shorter than us, tall if taller than us. We feel inferior or superior, depending. –But what about non-human objects/places/spaces?

“When something becomes your physical environment, so that it quite literally contains you, it is as if the roles are reversed – instead of it being exposed to you, the artwork consumes you.”

In this case, how do you feel about being “consumed” by size?  (Does it feel as if the artwork/building is viewing you?)  You can reference the examples in the article, your experience on the High Line.

Sept 28 HW:  Tonight make sure you read  “Is bigger really better?” in READINGS tab.  I want you to have this in your head when we’re on the High Line.  You’ll reference it in  blog post 4 this weekend.


Sept 28  Our Field Trip to the High Line and Printed Matter:  Meet directly outside the entrance to the Whitney Museum which is next to the start of the High Line.  We meet at 12 Noon.  Bring food and water or money for same, at least 2 kinds of pens for your mini books.  Also, you may wish to purchase one of the artists books or zines at Printed Matter. (It is a way to support artists).  Directions to the Whitney follow below.

From the East Side  Take the downtown 4, 5 or 6 train to Union Square and transfer to the L train towards 8th Avenue. Exit the L train at 8th Avenue. Leave the station and proceed west along 14th Street towards 9th Avenue. Turn left on 9th Avenue then make a right onto Gansevoort Street. Walk two blocks and the Museum will be on your right.

From the West Side Take the downtown A or C train to 8th Avenue/14th Street. Exit station and proceed west towards 9th Avenue. Turn left on 9th Avenue then make a right onto Gansevoort Street.  OR: take the downtown 1, 2, or 3 train to 14th Street.  Exit the station and walk west to 9th Avenue. Turn left on 9th Avenue, then turn right onto Gansevoort Street and the Museum will be on your right.

From Midtown  Take the downtown E train to 8th Avenue/14th Street. Exit station and proceed west towards 9th Avenue. Turn left on 9th Avenue then make a right onto Gansevoort Street.

From Brooklyn  Take the C train to 8th Ave/ 14th Street.  Exit station and proceed west towards 9th Avenue. Turn left on 9th Avenue then make a right onto Gansevoort Street.

OR: take the L train towards 8th Avenue. Exit the train at 8th Avenue. Leave the station and proceed west along 14th Street towards 9th Avenue. Turn left on 9th Avenue then make a right onto Gansevoort Street. Walk two blocks and the Museum will be on your right.

Sept 25    See updated calendar.  Note the next 2 weeks in particular:

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Sep 13:  .  You need to start on your iMovie!  Those of you who haven’t decided on poem MUST confirm with me prior to Monday via email to

Read Great World Spin up to end of Book 2 72-240+/-.

Blog post #3 due by Wed Sep 20 midnight.  Then read your group mates’ posts and make 3 separate comments of 2-3 sentences by Sat Sep 23 midnight.  I will be checking early on Sunday 🙂

I)  What/who is Miro?  What does the title mean, “Miro…”

II)  New addition to the cast of characters: Claire and Solomon, the bereaved mothers group, esp Gloria, The Artists.  Make a complete list of primary characters– there are at least 10.  How many human intersections or “collisions” do we have now?

Write 100+ words on one of the intersections that intrigues you from Book 2.