Submitted by dave
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
I stood upon a high place,
And saw, below, many devils
and carousing in sin.
One looked up, grinning,
And said, "Comrade! Brother!"
Submitted by Greg V
Submitted by Susie Ling
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Submitted by Greg V. (Caltech)
Submitted by Jill Davis Doughtie
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Submitted by Dr. Harry Smallenburg/PCC faculty
Submitted by Dr. Harry Smallenburg
Monday, August 20, 2007
I had to think about this for a few days. I have always had a love of comics and science fiction. As a teen I had no great desire to read romance novels.
I wanted action, adventure and I didn't want to waste 300+ pages before there would be any action only to find out I'd have to spend x amount of time figure out exactly what that "action" was about.
Hey, It was the 1970s, I was 15 and curious.
Restoree is a story about a plain woman who is a researcher/librarian type who is kidnapped by aliens and plunked down in a new world. She finds love, adventure and she is the hero of the story.
I read it straight through as if I was drinking water.
Plus it didn't take more than 75 to 100 pages before she got some action, which was very important.
I still have the book. It is an old friend that I pick up and learn a bit more about the craft of telling a good story.
Submitted by Gena Haskett/PCC student
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
In Brazilian literary circles, the novel Dom Casmurro (1899) has been debated for more than a century. The story seems simple: childhood friends Bento and Capitu fall in love, get married, have a child, and then separate. For decades the debates questioned "did she or didn't she?": was Capitu unfaithful or did Bento destroy his own happiness out of unfounded jealousy? The writer teases the reader with enough clues to strongly justify either position. However, the narrative is told as a flashback by an old Bento, who effectively serves as gatekeeper for all information that the reader gets. The reader can never fully overcome the filter imposed by the self-serving narrator.
Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (Rio de Janeiro: June 21, 1839â?"September 29, 1908) was a Brazilian realist novelist, poet and short-story writer. He is widely regarded as the most important writer of Brazilian literature, and his works had a great influence on Brazilian literature of the late 19th century and 20th century. JosÃ© Saramago, Carlos Fuentes, Susan Sontag, Efrain Kristal and Harold Bloom are among his admirers. Kristal considers him the most important Latin American literary figure of the 19th century, and Bloom calls him "the supreme black literary artist to date."
In 1960, Helen Caldwell wrote a book comparing the Shakespearian play "Othello" to Dom Casmurro: "The Brazilian Othello of Machado de Assis - A study of Dom Casmurro". Although the main character had not killed his wife, as Othello had, both are stories of how jealousy can destroy a happy life in marriage.
One clear conclusion that can be drawn from Dom Casmurro is that to a great extent each one of us controls our own happiness - or unhappiness.
Submitted by Ted Young/Division Dean, Languages/PCC
I wouldn't call it a "good read," as the cliche goes. Instead, it is an intense, graphic, tender experience. It is still "under my skin" when I drink a glass of water, go to the market, or have a friendly chat about the weather with colleagues.
Submitted by Susan Clifford/Division Dean, Health Sciences/PCC
Submitted by Teri Trendler/Faculty, Natural Sciences/PCC
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Submitted by Maddie Costa/PCC
Monday, August 13, 2007
Submitted by Bob Doud/Social Sciences/PCC
Submitted by Jude Socrates/Faculty/PCC Mathematics
Posted by Shatford Library at 12:53 PM
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
As one of the many readers who loved the story of The Kite Runner, I could hardly wait to read the new novel by Khaled Hosseini. When my daughter walked in with it one day shortly after it was released, I begged to read it first!
This is a story of two women who come together under unusual circumstances and within a society where brutality against women and subservience is fully accepted. Miriam is the illegitimate daughter of a successful businessman who is forced at the age of 15 to marry against her will. Hosseini also tells the tale of 14 year old Lalia whose life is forever changed against the backdrop of an unending war and the brutality of human abuse. The intersection of these two lives within the oppressive society of Afghanistan is unforgettable and it touches the reader in a powerful way.
I was mesmerized once again by his narrative style and his strong voice...As I read, I felt like I was eavesdropping on the complexities and challenges of their lives. And as I turned the last page and read the last line, I felt the emotion of the story fall heavy all around me. It haunted me for days and weeks as I reflected on the women, men and children who live their lives in a country torn so apart by oppression, brutality, violence and war.
Submitted by Mary Ann Laun
“Skin,” is the theme adopted by the City of Pasadena for this year’s festival of Arts and Ideas and has broad implications. It will encompass and engage a wide range and aspects of human experiences and expressions. It will provide forum for the discussion of issues regarding the politics of skin, race, changing demographics, skin adornments, music performances, art exhibitions, human relationships, environmental issues, young persons’ perspectives as well as historical context of “skin,” race relationships and human rights. “Skin” is both what holds us physically together as a vessel, and also, as a membrane, keeps us apart...
The inclusion of Pasadena City College in the city-wide festival of “Arts and Ideas” will bring to the campus, for the first time, an opportunity to coordinate our activities within our own community and with the cultural institutions of our city and address from a “ground zero” community perspective, issues existing in the forefront of contemporary discourse dealing with:
1. Racial, cultural and ethnic tensions.
2. Biological, medical and health concerns,
3. Environmental, ecological and natural environment initiatives,
4. Architecture, language and other aesthetic interventions, such as, tattoos and plastic surgery.
5. Socioeconomic and political narratives.
6. Sexuality, sensuality and other tactile experiences of skin
7. Internal nature versus outward appearance explorations.
Dean, Visual Arts and Media Studies
Posted by Shatford Library at 3:38 PM