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33 Of The Most Hilariously Terrible First Sentences In Literature History

33 Of The Most Hilariously Terrible First Sentences In Literature History | Literatura | Scoop.it
"Cheryl’s mind turned like the vanes of a wind-powered turbine, chopping her sparrow-like thoughts into bloody pieces that fell onto a growing pile of forgotten memories."

Via GoogleLitTrips Reading List
Andrea Deydén's insight:

La pregunta aquí es, ¿cómo libros con oraciones iniciales tan terribles fueron publicados? 

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, September 14, 2013 8:58 AM

And yet...

I always get a bang out of reading the annual announcement of the Bulwer-Lytton Prize. 

 

The absolute best of the worst opening lines ever written.

 

If you're teaching creative writing, would you use these as examples of bad writing?

 

I wouldn't. They are beyond incredibly creative, amusing, and entertaining. And, most of all ingeniously well-crafted.

 

It's not easy to write this wonderfully badly!

 

And, by the way, aren't these incredible examples of  "creative thinking?"

 

A couple of my favorites?

 

_______________

 

12. Ron D. Smith

"As the sun dropped below the horizon, the safari guide confirmed the approaching cape buffaloes were herbivores, which calmed everyone in the group, except for Herb, of course."

_______________

 

Ok. That's funny, but a bit too safe I suppose...

How about this one...?

 

_______________

23. Jim Gleeson

"Gerald began – but was interrupted by a piercing whistle which cost him ten percent of his hearing permanently, as it did everyone else in a ten-mile radius of the eruption, not that it mattered much because for them “permanently” meant the next ten minutes or so until buried by searing lava or suffocated by choking ash – to pee."

________________

 

 

Alright! One more...

 

________________

6. Jordan Kaderli

"Betty had eyes that said come here, lips that said kiss me, arms and torso that said hold me all night long, but the rest of her body said, “Fillet me, cover me in cornmeal, and fry me in peanut oil”; romance wasn’t easy for a mermaid."

_________________

 

Enjoy! Share at your own risk!

 

 

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"Google Lit Trips" is the official business name of GLT Global ED, an educational nonprofit

 

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Sudáfrica, su literatura empieza la conquista del mundo

Sudáfrica, su literatura empieza la conquista del mundo | Literatura | Scoop.it
Más allá de los dos Nobel sudafricanos, un grupo de autores trasciende el tema del apartheid y utiliza las lenguas nativas
Andrea Deydén's insight:

La literatura sudafricana tiene que comenzar a florecer como un proceso natural. Hace 30 años, el continente tenía otras prioridades y experimentaba una situación bastante más complicada que ahora (y eso que ahora sigue siendo muuuuuuuy complicada en la gran mayoría de los casos). Hoy en día, hay varios escritores que se centran en la realidad africana (Ken Saro-Wiwa tenía varios poemas sobre la situación de las petroleras y los ogoni en Nigeria). La cosa es que no nos llega, no que no exista o haya existido (es como Nollywood, la segunda industria cinematográfica más grande del mundo y nadie la conoce ni de nombre fuera de África).

Si bien la literatura sudafricana (africana en general) recién está comenzando a ser "bien vista" en el corpus universal, no es que nunca haya existido ni que sólo viva para este boom... 

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33 Of The Most Hilariously Terrible First Sentences In Literature History

33 Of The Most Hilariously Terrible First Sentences In Literature History | Literatura | Scoop.it
"Cheryl’s mind turned like the vanes of a wind-powered turbine, chopping her sparrow-like thoughts into bloody pieces that fell onto a growing pile of forgotten memories."

Via GoogleLitTrips Reading List
Andrea Deydén's insight:

La pregunta aquí es, ¿cómo libros con oraciones iniciales tan terribles fueron publicados? 

more...
GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, September 14, 2013 8:58 AM

And yet...

I always get a bang out of reading the annual announcement of the Bulwer-Lytton Prize. 

 

The absolute best of the worst opening lines ever written.

 

If you're teaching creative writing, would you use these as examples of bad writing?

 

I wouldn't. They are beyond incredibly creative, amusing, and entertaining. And, most of all ingeniously well-crafted.

 

It's not easy to write this wonderfully badly!

 

And, by the way, aren't these incredible examples of  "creative thinking?"

 

A couple of my favorites?

 

_______________

 

12. Ron D. Smith

"As the sun dropped below the horizon, the safari guide confirmed the approaching cape buffaloes were herbivores, which calmed everyone in the group, except for Herb, of course."

_______________

 

Ok. That's funny, but a bit too safe I suppose...

How about this one...?

 

_______________

23. Jim Gleeson

"Gerald began – but was interrupted by a piercing whistle which cost him ten percent of his hearing permanently, as it did everyone else in a ten-mile radius of the eruption, not that it mattered much because for them “permanently” meant the next ten minutes or so until buried by searing lava or suffocated by choking ash – to pee."

________________

 

 

Alright! One more...

 

________________

6. Jordan Kaderli

"Betty had eyes that said come here, lips that said kiss me, arms and torso that said hold me all night long, but the rest of her body said, “Fillet me, cover me in cornmeal, and fry me in peanut oil”; romance wasn’t easy for a mermaid."

_________________

 

Enjoy! Share at your own risk!

 

 

 ~ http://GoogleLitTrips.com ~

"Google Lit Trips" is the official business name of GLT Global ED, an educational nonprofit

 

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Marvel y Disney anuncian un cómic en conjunto

Marvel y Disney anuncian un cómic en conjunto | Literatura | Scoop.it
Marvel Comics y Disney anunciaron la publicación del primer título de su sello Disney Kingdoms, un cómic inspirado en el Museo de lo Raro de Disneyland, que nunca se construyó.
Andrea Deydén's insight:

Marvel ha perdido profundidad en algunos personajes con los años (en especial desde que cambiamos de milenio y se acabó la oscuridad noventera), aunque realmente las líneas que seguían las historias todavía tenían fuerza.

 
Pero todo cambió cuando la Nación del Ratón atacó...

Muchísimas reservas con respecto a un comic conjunto. De por sí ya era feo que el movieverse de Avengers (con sus respectivas partes individuales) como para que ahora esté junto a Phineas y Ferb. Tache.  

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Why Teach Multicultural Literature?

Why Teach Multicultural Literature? | Literatura | Scoop.it
Why teach U.S. students literature from different countries? This is the fundamental question at the heart of this encounter.

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Andrea Deydén's insight:

La literatura amplía el panorama al momento de entender fenómenos sociales, mecanismos de poder, posturas sobre determinadas temáticas y ayuda a "ponerse en los zapatos" de otros en una manera muy lúdica.  

El problema que se ve en este texto es que, en casos, los mecanismos ideológicos se encuentran tan arraigados que falta aparato crítico. Cualquiera que se tome palabras generales de un autor u obra como agresión personal es, en el mejor de los casos, paranoico o egomaniaco. 

Por otro lado, la palabra "multicultural" me saca de quicio. La literatura, sea de donde sea, forma parte de un corpus universal. Obviamente refleja valores de cierta cultura, pero permea hacia las demás de forma natural. Añadirle el apellido "multicultural", por muy inclusivo que suene al inicio, simplemente refuerza una idea de otredad (ahora conjunta, eso sí). Una producción literaria transmite por sí misma un mensaje y se vuelve parte de un corpus universal. Literatura. Punto. 

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, September 14, 2013 1:18 PM

 

And now for something completely serious.

 

I've scooped and / or referenced the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie TED talk, Danger of a Single Story frequently.


In this article a college professor explores the negative reaction to this talk by one of her students.

 

What is truly interesting is that she provides the student's articulation of the offense he or she took at Adichie's premise. The student built a case that the talk's subtext was "anti-white." And then she provides her response.

 

Both are well-written in the sense that the vocabulary, sentence structure, and sharp focus upon their essential thesis statements are solid. Each relies upon building a case with extensive evidence. 

 

And yet, after watching the speech and reading both the student's argument and the professor's rebuttal, I can not find a way to "agree to disagree." I would give the student credit for having made a sincere  though flawed effort and for taking the risk to do so. But, I can not accept the student's core thesis. Beneath the quality wordsmanship, the argument does not float. Once the argument is made, there's no doubt that the student relies heavily upon his or her own preconceived notions that any critique made against his or her beliefs is a critique of all Caucasians. And once that false default  assumption becomes the basis of criticism, it is apparently considered to be a viable argument that since there are philanthropic examples of Caucasian behavior that "all Caucasians" are being unfairly criticized.  The argument that "some people" are imperfect and might do well to do some introspection lost on the student. 

 

Had the student first conceded that there was no criticism directed at "all white people," and recognized that the argument was directed at ANYONE who only knows a single story about another group beside their own, there might have been a recognition that we are all imperfect in spite of the many good things we or others in our "group" may have done. That the good that others have done has no bearing upon whether we as individuals, individuals of any color, culture, gender, sexual preference, political, religious, or traditional practice might have some introspection to do when it comes to understanding others.

 

And on the ocassions, rare or otherwise, when we can't or won't look past our own default assumptions that we might need to revisit our opinions and understandings, too many of us are liable to fall victim to those of us who would control the stories we do hear. And it is then that we find ourselves acting on the assumptions that we could not be wrong about our beliefs ...

 • that all Muslims are terrorist who believe that Islam teaching are violent

 • that all media and money is controlled by Jews

 • that all liberals are un-American

or

 • that all conservatives are greedy

 

I'll let you fill in the rest...

 • that all women are ________

 • that all men are ________

 • that all priests are _________

 • that all non-procreative intimacy is __________

 • that all television is ____________

 • that all politicians are ____________

 • that all beliefs other than my own are _________

 • that all __________ are _________

 

Does one story prove that paper-based reading is vastly superior to digital reading? Or the reverse?

 

 

Multiculturalism and Global Awareness appear in BIG letters in Wordles made from works of 21st century educational reform. 

 

In large part the Google Lit Trips project embraces the value of journeying beyond one's small corner of the world. As Atticus Finch went away to college Aunt Alexandra never left the landing; while Huck Finn left St. Petersburg and learned while Tom Sawyer stayed in St. Petersburg, leading Huck to realize that he had learned too much to go back to St. Peterburg with Tom who had learned virtually nothing about the cruelty of his society's default prejudices; and while readers read stories that allow them to virtually travel to towns, cultures, and countries far beyond their own, they're understanding broadens.

 

Xenophobia is challenged, egocentricism is perceived and in recognizing as an embarrassment that we "should have felt" before we discovered that all those Polish, blonde, Jew, Muslim, and gay jokes were much more hurtful than hilarious and that perhaps our individual points of view are neither at the center of the universe nor sufficiently well-informed to be considered incontrovertible trump cards in the game of life.

 

 

 ~ http://www.GoogleLitTrips.com ~

"Google Lit Trips" is the official business name of GLT Global ED, an educational nonprofit

 

 

 

 

Amy's curator insight, December 1, 4:47 PM

A college professor deals with scrutiny after assigning multicultural texts because some students fear that they attack "white culture."

 

Some people, including the parents of students in diverse classrooms believe that diversity and multiculturalism are "anti-white."