April 2016 Blog Posts (24)

The deadly consequences of shame and guilt in The Things They Carried

To those who have never fought in a war, the thought “ how can someone just go to war?” doesn't normally come up. Those who are living in safety and relative happiness don't question the lives that went into their comfort, and the toll it took on the people who took those lives. Tim O’Brien, a Vietnam war veteran, forces his readers to consider exactly this. In a simply written, but highly personal and detailed account, he explores the ideas of senseless death, guilt, and shame, to say that… Continue

Added by Oleksandra Shashkova on April 5, 2016 at 10:08pm — No Comments

Why Rapid Cognition Can Be Better Than Pondering a Decision for a Long Time

Sam O’Brien

E108 8th Hour

Q3 IR blog post

4/1/16











Malcolm Gladwell’s book Blink is about rapid cognition. Rapid cognition is the roughly two seconds the human brain needs to jump to a conclusion. He explains that human brains are wired to be able to quickly jump to a conclusion even if there is barely any information to form a conclusion. Gladwell brings up ideas about our intuition and its reliability in certain situations. He also explains that… Continue

Added by Sam O'Brien on April 4, 2016 at 8:08pm — No Comments

Struggle and Success in Challenger Deep

Nick Szoblik…

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Added by Nick Szoblik on April 2, 2016 at 8:07pm — No Comments

The Disregarded Piece of the Puzzle

Julia Walters

E108 8th hour

Q3 IR Book Blog

1/April/2016





Why is the shy kid always looked down upon? Why should one’s level of sociability determine their likableness? Why should someone change who they are?

These are all questions Susan Cain asked herself before writing her book, Quiet. The book Quiet opens eyes to how Introverts are unfairly viewed in today's society based off their level of social interaction, while also making a point of proving how… Continue

Added by Julia Walters on April 2, 2016 at 10:46am — No Comments

Recipe for Success

As a human being, one experiences desolation, loneliness, and hopelessness throughout his or her life. Interacting with these emotions is simply a natural component of life, and by overcoming them one becomes stronger, possibly both physically and mentally. The same holds true for Mark Watney, the main character in the universe of The Martian by Andy Weir. However, Watney’s predicament calls for a significant increase in the gravity of these…

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Added by Josh Park on April 2, 2016 at 1:32am — No Comments

A Not So “Glass” Castle

The Glass Castle is a touching memoir which serves as a reminder that dreams are delicate, similar to glass. In The Glass Castle, the author, Jeannette Walls, frequently addresses the two ideas of coming of age and loss of innocence, both of which are expressed through the motif and symbol of the Glass Castle. Indeed, these two thematic ideas are…

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Added by Austin Mei on April 2, 2016 at 1:08am — No Comments

Isolation and Loneliness

Marley Neamand

E108-8

Q3 IR Blog Post

4/1/16

Isolation and Responsibility

Death can reveal someone's true colors as they are left feeling alone and realize what their purpose in their life and the lives around them is. Through telling the story of a murder of a young girl, Alice Sebold is able to reveal how a tragedy can leave many loved ones feeling very lonely and eventually learn their responsibilities from that time alone in The Lovely Bones. When the death of Susie… Continue

Added by Marley Neamand on April 2, 2016 at 12:09am — No Comments

Isolation and Loneliness

Marley Neamand

E108-8

Q3 IR Blog Post

4/1/16

Isolation and Responsibility

Death can reveal someone's true colors as they are left feeling alone and realize what their purpose in their life and the lives around them is. Through telling the story of a murder of a young girl, Alice Sebold is able to reveal how a tragedy can leave many loved ones feeling very lonely and eventually learn their responsibilities from that time alone in The Lovely Bones. When the death of Susie… Continue

Added by Marley Neamand on April 2, 2016 at 12:09am — No Comments

So Close, Yet So Far

In Berlin, during 1961, the construction of the Berlin Wall was finally complete and it shut East Berliners out from the rest of the world, including West Berlin.  The main character, Gerta, resides on the East side with her mother and her older brother, Fritz.  Her mission to reunite herself with the other half of her family leads her through daring adventures and life changing…

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Added by Steffi Chen on April 2, 2016 at 12:01am — No Comments

Forgiveness In Cases Of Child Abuse

Child abuse is more common than you think. Every 10 seconds a child abuse report is made. The books Sickened and A Child Called It both tell the real story of some of the most severe cases ever. Both of these books bring up the subject of forgiveness. None of the abused forgave their abusers, but the abused…

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Added by Brooke Toriani on April 1, 2016 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Isolation and Responsibility

Marley Neamand

E108-8

Q3 IR Blog Post

4/1/16

Isolation and Responsibility

Death can reveal someone's true colors as they are left feeling alone and realize what their purpose in their life and the lives around them is. Through telling the story of a murder of a young girl, Alice Sebold is able to reveal how a tragedy can leave many loved ones feeling very lonely and eventually learn their responsibilities from that time alone in The Lovely Bones. When the death of Susie… Continue

Added by Marley Neamand on April 1, 2016 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Wanted: Slavery- The Identity Crusher

Based on the Novel Beloved By Toni Morrison

Wanted: Slavery- The Identity Crusher

 

      Imagine being enslaved for most of your life, then eventually being set free. Would you be sane and perfectly fine? Paul D, a character in the novel Beloved, had quite an opposite experience. Despite living with Sethe and…

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Added by Maddie Aichinger on April 1, 2016 at 11:05pm — No Comments

Primitive Thinking

Jeannine Garland

E108 - 8th hour

Q3 IR Book Boog

1 April 2016





Primitive Thinking





Don't talk to strangers. Don't play with your food. Don't play ball in the house. Wipe your muddy feet at the door. All of these are simple, common sense things…

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Added by Jeannine Garland on April 1, 2016 at 10:48pm — No Comments

Fear and memory

Srihari Prakash

E108- 8th period

Q3 IR blog post

1/4/16



Fear and Memory



As a reader, I found Maze Runner, by James Dashner to be an extremely engaging read

as well as a complexive read. Thomas, like the others, was brought into the glades with no memory of his life before except his name. Joining his arrival came Teresa, arriving exactly like the others. By introducing the ideas of fear and loss of memory, Dashner creates an influence on the characters,… Continue

Added by Srihari prakash on April 1, 2016 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Suffering's Gift

Rebekah Yoo

E108 - Han

3rd Quarter Blog

1, April 2016

Suffering's Gift

How does one get inspired? That actually depends on the person's own experiences. But how does one get the ambition to get inspired? This,…

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Added by Rebekah Yoo on April 1, 2016 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Success in Outliers

Success in Outliers



Everyone, at one point has probably wondered “How do people get successful,” or “What causes success?” In the book, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, Gladwell argues that success is caused by not only hard work, but luck, in nearly all cases. He talks about success through notable examples that reinforce his argument. From airline pilots through hockey stars, he shows how hard work can make a person's destiny. Through the use of imagery and detailed examples, Gladwell… Continue

Added by Arnav Batta on April 1, 2016 at 9:48pm — No Comments

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Blog Post

Kennedy Gosell

E108- 8th hour

Blog Post

1 April 2016





In Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, the author, Jonathan Safran Foer focuses on what happens to the love that you have for someone after they die. The main character finds himself having a very strong connection with the ones he loves. The main character, Oskar has to find a way to cope with the fact that his father died in the twin towers during 9-11. This book describes the countless attempts that Oskar… Continue

Added by Kennedy Gosell on April 1, 2016 at 9:39pm — No Comments

Racism and Compassion in "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Have you ever wondered how compassion can eliminate racism and how racism can eliminate compassion? In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, author Harper Lee demonstrates this exact idea. To Kill a Mockingbird is set in rural Alabama in the 1930's, and focuses heavily on racism and compassion. Harper Lee uses racism and compassion to influence each other by their ability to counteract each other and to create a theme of not judging people based on their ethnicity.

An angry mob went to the… Continue

Added by Alex Lannoye on April 1, 2016 at 9:19pm — No Comments

A Blessing in Disguise

 

The overwhelming thought of babysitting and housing everyone’s memories could intimidate and frighten some, however Jonas inherited this special trait and uses it to explore and imagine a world with color and life, emotions and love. As an adolescent, Jonas uses this tool to extract the joy out of living and see life in a new light. In the book The Giver, Lois Lowry uses the charismatic attitude of the young Jonas,…

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Added by Sam Arnson on April 1, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Surviving Death

Although it's commonly thought (myself included) that Elie Wiesel's Dawn would be a sequel to his previous memoir Night, it's not. Dawn is a fictional story written for himself to embody a different character. This novel closely related to problems of today; addressing issues of terrorism, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, hostage taking and so much more. He asked himself questions about how he would react in a situation like these and this book reflects his way of seeing himself in a different… Continue

Added by Nicole Allans on April 1, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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