Posts by Roan Floer-Martinez

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So, I wrote a sonnet about Donald Trump

Discussion by: Roan522 on Tue, 2016-06-07 20:26 with 0 comments

A candidate’s the color of my hair,
Yet he shouts of deporting immigrants.
Illegals! Illegals! It’s like a swear,
Because he lacks his due diligence.
No wonder then, that the youth of today,
Fight in the streets for two different old men.
They look at America in dismay,
And ask themselves, how it all can happen,
That a country that made it to the moon,
On less RAM than you need on a math test,
Has spoken, and chose this mad old buffoon?
He would be naught but an unwelcome guest,
In that venerable house of a leader,
Where he’d put in nothing but fe-ar.

Mad Scientist Archetype

Discussion by: Roan522 on Sun, 2016-06-05 19:59 with 5 comments

When you think of a mad scientist, you may think of someone mixing chemicals in his ivory tower. Now obviously, this is a completely fictional archetype, but it is based on the somewhat detached, intelligent scientist, an archetype which is in fact rather common. Bill Nye, though not his science guy persona, is a textbook example of a real-life “Mad Scientist”. The things that he says, though completely right, are so far from the polite, politically correct statements coming from most prominent liberals that it is both shocking and refreshing.

Suicide Prevention PSA

Discussion by: Roan522 on Thu, 2016-05-26 17:49 with 1 comments

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Ghettos Essay Research Form

Discussion by: Roan522 on Mon, 2016-05-09 11:04 with 0 comments

Reflection on The Warmth of Other Suns

Discussion by: Roan522 on Tue, 2016-03-29 11:55 with 0 comments
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I am currently nearing the end of the wonderful, sweeping, yet gorgeously human book, The Warmth of Other Suns. It was released right when the Great Migration regained the national attention it thoroughly deserves, and it may even have been part of why this attention was drawn. It made me think, it made me laugh, it almost made me cry, it was shocking, it was pressing, it was beautiful. I was exposed to the barefaced insanity and cruelty of the Jim Crow South, and I learned about the amount of difficulty that they had to deal with in the North as well.

Presidential Memes YVL 3/28/16

Discussion by: Roan522 on Mon, 2016-03-28 12:02 with 1 comments
(Created by Roan)
(Found by Áine)
(Found by Katie)

Culture: is it a Definition or Defined?

Discussion by: Roan522 on Thu, 2016-03-17 21:15 with 0 comments
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Does culture make people, or do people make culture? This is a massive question, but I think it hinges in large part on what one defines as culture. If one looks at individual culture, obviously, it hinges on individuals and is as nuanced and idiosyncratic as the person whose culture you are trying to decipher.

On Atticus: an Essay on the Evolution of a Beloved Character

Discussion by: Roan522 on Thu, 2016-02-18 19:04 with 10 comments
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On Atticus’ Evolution of Opinion, with Information from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman, and the New Yorker article, "The Courthouse Ring"

1984 Book Talk

Discussion by: Roan522 on Fri, 2016-01-08 12:37 with 2 comments
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Winston Smith has long since given up on life. He is 39, thin and meager with a varicose ulcer on his leg, a pathetic alcoholic who works to disseminate lies that he knows are false and wrong, all the while harboring a hatred for the governing and controlling Party, the institution known as ingsoc (newspeak for English Socialism), and its head, Big Brother.

1984 Book Talk

Discussion by: Roan522 on Fri, 2016-01-08 12:37 with 0 comments
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Winston Smith has long since given up on life. He is 39, thin and meager with a varicose ulcer on his leg, a pathetic alcoholic who works to disseminate lies that he knows are false and wrong, all the while harboring a hatred for the governing and controlling Party, the institution known as ingsoc (newspeak for English Socialism), and its head, Big Brother.

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