John Magnani's Blog (12)

Finding Meaning Through Fiction in "The Fault in Our Stars"

With the great momentum that The Fault in Our Stars now has it seems silly to even give a summary.  But in case you haven't heard of it, it's your basic love story involving two cancer patients falling in love with one another despite their poor health and unpredictable futures.  This story contains witty and humorous dialogue along with moments of happiness, sadness, and pretty much everything else in between.  On the surface it may seem like more of a book geared towards girls…


Added by John Magnani on May 18, 2014 at 8:39pm — 1 Comment

Battling for the Right to Think

I freely admit that one of the main reasons I was drawn to the play "Inherit The Wind" was because it is a mere 129 pages with frequent gaps in text because of its script format.  I've always struggled with getting through long books no matter how entertaining they are, so this play was right up my alley. But I think a lot can be said about shorter books.  One of my favorite books I've read in high school is "Of Mice and Men" and it barely breaks 100 pages.  A book does not need to be the…


Added by John Magnani on March 19, 2014 at 10:33pm — No Comments

More Than Just a Fight Club

Although I am technically breaking the first two rules of fight club by writing this blog post, I feel compelled to share with everyone my thoughts and ideas about this book.  On the surface, Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk is about a group of men who resort to violence in order to overcome their own personal issues.  The rules to fight club are simple (shown below) and while the concept of fight club is somewhat frightening to me, I would have been fine with the book focusing on it…


Added by John Magnani on January 10, 2014 at 12:09am — 1 Comment

The Lord of the Flies - No Rules

In The Lord of the Flies by William Golding, a study in raw human interaction is studied very closely.  A plan full of young boys ages 6-12 being evacuated from England during WWII is shot down and crashes on a remote island.  The boys find themselves all alone on a remote island with no adult supervision.  Who is in charge?  How will they eat?  How do they function without elderly discipline?  All of these questions and more are answered in this original and rather frightening…


Added by John Magnani on October 24, 2013 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

A Closer Look at LeBron James

It's hard to not recognize the name LeBron James these days.  From the massive amounts of hype surrounding him as he left high school for the NBA, to his highly scrutinized lack of performance in last year's NBA Finals, LeBron James has always been under the microscope of the media and other people.  But does he deserve all of the criticism he has faced since his performance in the playoffs last June?  And do the Miami Heat have a chance of winning the finals this year despite all of the…


Added by John Magnani on May 29, 2012 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

Why Scary Movies Scare Us

Last weekend, I found myself watching what I consider to be one of the scariest movies of all times, called Misery.  The film is about a famous author who nearly dies in a car accident during a snow storm.  A former nurse who is also a huge fan of his books saves him and takes him to her isolated farm home to help him recover.  But she refuses to eventually take him to a real hospital.  Instead she holds him hostage in her home and her psychotic and unpredictable behavior makes life…


Added by John Magnani on May 23, 2012 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Thoughts on "Rooftop"

Clay is a sixteen year old going to school at a rehabilitation center called Daytop where teens can get help for their drug problems while continuing their education.  When Clay's cousin Addison also shows up at Daytop, he is happy to be reunited with him.  But shortly after, Clay and Addison find themselves chasing another member of Daytop on the roof of a building in the projects over some gambling money when police officers gun down Addison, mistaking his gun-shaped wallet for an actual…


Added by John Magnani on March 30, 2012 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Why Class Discussions are the Best

English is definitely my favorite subject for many reasons, but one sticks out to me in particular.  To me there is nothing better than a simple class discussion, in which the teacher asks some sort of question pertaining to the story being read, and then the students take turns responding and sharing their thoughts.  I feel like I learn so much from these discussions just by listening to my classmates, considering what they have to say, and then forming new and improved ideas of my own…


Added by John Magnani on March 22, 2012 at 8:00pm — 3 Comments

IR Reading Blog - Thoughts On Tony Dungy

For this quarter's independent reading, I read Quiet Strength, an autobiography written by the recently retired Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy.  In his book, Dungy talks about his journey to becoming the head coach of a Super Bowl winning team, and how his faith and morals helped him along the way.  I found Tony Dungy to be inspiring because of his ability to stay humble as well his the way he perserviered even when things were not going well for him. 

If you ever…


Added by John Magnani on January 12, 2012 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Relating to Loung

While reading First They Killed My Father, I found it very interesting when Loung said that she wished that she could just completely forget about her family so that she would not be in so much pain.  On the surface this may seem like a rather inconsiderate comment that Loung said without thinking about first, but after dwelling on this idea that Loung presented during her narration of the story, I realized that I was able to understand and even agree with her opinion about…


Added by John Magnani on January 12, 2012 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

My Prairie

In "My Antonia," we see how the prairie is very important to Antonia.  It is where she feels most comfortable being, and it is where she chooses to raise her children.  Antonia's love for the prairie is something we can all relate to.  We all have a place where we feel most comfortable, and for me that…


Added by John Magnani on October 25, 2011 at 10:06pm — No Comments

Magnani's Thoughts on His Summer Reading

     After reading my summer reading books, I realized that there was one universal truth that nicely tied together all of the books that I read in a logical way: You never truly know someone, no matter how long you have been aware of their existence.

     In The Devil in the White City, author Erik Larson brings together two separate stories surrounding Chicago's 1893 World's Fair, an event that still influences modern culture today. …


Added by John Magnani on September 1, 2011 at 9:00pm — 6 Comments

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