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Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by XXXX, Dec 10, 2006.

  1. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member

    Just saying...if he's trying to bluff his way through not reading the book, he's going to have to do it with his writing.

    That post, and its punctuation, didn't paint him as the type to be able to carry that off.
  2. MertWindu

    MertWindu Active Member

    I'm sorry, but it's a fucking novel, and not exactly Faulkner at that. Shoulda been reading. Hell, it probably would have been enjoyable, or at least moresho than the majority of material you'll see in college. Anyway, is there a specific question being asked?
  3. Kaylee

    Kaylee Member

    The book being discussed is Smashed by Koren Zailckas. According to the book jacket, Smashed is the riveting and touching story of one woman's fight against alcohol. I would therefore posit that the book was indeed riveting and touching, especially the scene where she talks about being drunk and all the things it did to screw up her life.
    It is also worthwhile to note the title, Smashed. "Smashed" can mean a scattering or splintering, like the relationships that can be harmed when one is drinking. This, I believe, is an example of the use of metaphor Zailckas uses often throughout the book, especially in the parts where she recounts her battles with drinking.
    There is one scene in the book where Zailckas wakes up one morning hung over. This, coupled with another scene in which she gets very drunk, serves to show that drinking is wrong. Overall, I would say the message of Smashed is that it is bad to get smashed, because doing so "smashes" your relationships with those you love, as well as your self-control.
  4. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    I had a teacher in HS who said to put EVERYTHING into your own words, because she said plagarism was copying anything four words or longer. FOUR WORDS.

    I think XXXX is pretty well screwed.
  5. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Boy that brings me back.

    Make sure to double space that puppy, provide five-inch margins and type it in Times Ten Roman 24. That might stretch it to three pages.
  6. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    And do not forget to footnote.
  7. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    I had a really tough teacher for Advanced Placement English during my senior year in high school. I was writing part time for the local daily, 24 hours a week, and I tried to b.s. my way through some classes. It worked with some people, but not with him. This was the 1970s and this guy still had a crewcut and did everything by the book. He sent a note to my parents saying, "His writing improves by the week, but he has progressively less to say. I would venture to say that he hasn't read even one of the assigned books this term." Thirty years later, I remember exactly what he wrote, and it was a good lesson for me about style and substance. My school asks alumni for money every year and that you designate the contribution in honor of a teacher. A couple of times, I designated that guy.

    I hope some teacher calls this clown on his bullshit, too.
  8. Chuck~Taylor

    Chuck~Taylor Active Member

    You should've tried out for the football team. The "tutors" would've hooked you up.
  9. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    Should we just write this for him? I'll start ...

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the drunkest of times.
  10. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Was Terry Haute a character in that book?
  11. WazzuGrad00

    WazzuGrad00 Guest

    How is "Smashed" being used in an English class?

    What the hell is the course title?

    "How to make a whole bunch of post-adolescent mistakes, write a book about it and sell the movie rights and live happily ever after"?
  12. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    Based on what he has to read and based on the locale, my guess is the protagonist is named Gen O. See. She drives a beer wagon.
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