Reading 4 + Observational Writing: due 2/14

“Consider the Lobster” by David Foster Wallace

Observational Writing:
Eat Somewhere New – Handwritten in notebook, 1 page minimum
Bring to class on 2/14. Don’t worry about spelling/grammar.

Instructions: Eat somewhere that you have never eaten before. You might consider the dining hall, a local park, a new restaurant in your neighborhood, or somewhere outside your borough. You can always bring your own food/snack, as long as you are eating it somewhere you have never eaten before.

While you are eating take detailed notes on the atmosphere, people, and the food. You will need to use your notes to document your experience in an informal descriptive essay.

Remember, you a not describing yourself. You are describing your surroundings—the wall decor, the music, the conversations. No detail is too small.

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Reading 3: due 2/7

Read & annotate both essays!

“Sea Urchin” by Chang-Rae Lee

“Rice” by Jhumpa Lahiri

Choose one essay to respond to: Where does the writer employ a particular Aristotelian Appeal (logos, ethos, or pathos) effectively? Examine the example and explain why it is significant? Now, looking at the essay as a whole: How does the writer’s experience relate to/raise questions about life, society, and/or human nature? In other words, what did the essay teach you and make you ponder about your life?

Reading 2: due 2/5

“Against Meat” by Jonathan Safran Foer

“Escape from the Western Diet” by Michael Pollan

Ethos: how an author builds credibility & trustworthiness
Logos: the argument itself; the reasoning the author uses; logical evidence

Choose one of the two essays to respond to: What is the author arguing? Pick one passage from the text that supports the author’s argument, that you find particularly effective. How does the author support their claim in this instance? Why is this particular supporting example uniquely compelling? Free write any additional thoughts. (250+ words)

Reading 1: due 1/31

“Why I Adore the Night” by Jeanette Winterson

Pathos: words or passages an author uses to activate emotions

Answer the starred “*” question and at least one additional question of your choice.

*1. Where in the essay does Winterson use descriptive language to appeal to pathos (emotion)?:
a) Choose a particular example and explain why it stood out to you.
b) What emotions did the language evoke?
c) What else did it make you think about?

2. What was the goal of Winterson’s essay? Who is her audience?

3. What might the concept of embracing the night, cooking slowly, eating seasonally be a metaphor for?

4. Do you disagree with any of Winterson’s points? If so, which and why? How is she shortsighted?

Email Address: 2/5

If you would like me to email you at an address other than your cuny account, please let me know in the comment section of this post by 2/5. Format your comment as follows:

name – email address

blah blah –

Blog/Reading Instructions

Blog Registration
a) You NEED a working QC email address ( to register for the class blog. If you do not register you will not be able to comment.
b) To register go to:
c) When creating your account, please make sure your username includes your actual name.
d) Once you have completed registration you need to log into your QC email account to click on the confirmation email.

Annotate each text as you read—marking important details, writing comments, and asking questions on the paper directly. Bring annotated readings to class on the day they are due.

Your Blog Response
You are required to write a response to each reading assignment in the comments section of the corresponding post  by 1pm on the day the reading is due.

Responses must be at least 250 words (not including quotes). Responses are not formal papers; they should be thoughtful, inquisitive, and unique. I will provide you with guidelines for each response on the blog or in class. You are always welcome to include questions or address ideas expressed by another classmate in your post.

You will NOT receive credit for a response that simply summarizes the text or rephrases something written by another writer. If your blog posts are not sufficient I will give you a warning, you will not receive credit for any blog posts that do not meet the objectives moving forward.

Blog Trouble
a) If you do not have a working QC email and/or are unable to register, contact the OTC Help Desk Dining Hall 151. More info:
b) For additional help troubleshooting:
c) Email me right away to let me know that you are unable to post on time.
d) Respond to the readings in your notebook while you are getting the situation sorted out. Once your blog is functioning you are required to go back and post your responses in the comments section. If you do not go back to post you will NOT receive credit.
e) If you have no gone to the help desk to fix the problem and posted your responses within two weeks of joining the course you will not receive credit.

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