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Homework 4

Your next homework assignment is now posted in the Assignments tab. It is this:

Section 1.3: 5

Section 1.4: 8

Section 2.5: 9, 11

Section 3.1: 2, 10, 19

Due: Thursday, 27 February 2014, in class.

There was a lot to take in during class today.

The cheese shop in Madrid is PonceletQuints is the Disney Channel original movie from 2000. Quince is the fruit that may figure in the original versions of certain apple-related myths. In the Loop is the film in which a character mentions quince paste once. It’s really, really funny, especially if you like wildly creative swearing by an irritable Scotsman (played by Peter Capaldi, who was recently announced to be the Twelfth Doctor in Doctor Who (I don’t watch, but a lot of people are all about Doctor Who so it’s worth a mention)). Once when I was home for the summer from college In the Loop seemed always to be playing on HBO, so I ended up watching it a bunch of times, which is why I remember a throwaway line about quince paste (actually it was a pretty funny line, but you’ll just have to watch the film).

If In the Loop is the movie I’ve seen the most, The Tallest Man on Earth is the artist I’ve seen perform live the most, at six times1 — every year since 2008, except for 2011 when he didn’t come to New York (luckily I’d seen him twice in 2010). He’s really just that good. This connects to a hyperlink in the previous paragraph: In 2008 I saw TTMoE open for Bon Iver, whom I’d previously seen open for Elvis Perkins, whom I’d previously seen open for Cold War Kids! Wow. I’d previously seen Cold War Kids open for Muse, but that’s where the chain ends because I was too young to ever catch Muse open for anyone. Oh, and the opener for one of the Tallest Man shows was S. Carey, who played drums for none other than … Bon Iver. Talk about a strange loop

1A close second is Thom Yorke, whom I’ve seen five times — four times with Radiohead, once with Atoms for Peace.

The Judgment of Paris, by Peter Paul Rubens (Museo del Prado):


“If God dwells inside of us like some people say, I sure hope He likes enchiladas, because that’s what He’s getting.”

Office Hours Wednesday 5 February / Some thoughts

My dear students,

In light of the impending meteorological calamity, I will not be holding office hours tomorrow. I will make up for this by being in my office on Thursday from 11:30-12:30 offering help to all comers. You should also consider availing yourselves of the assistance offered by your friendly and knowledgable TAs (see the syllabus for location and time details).

A note on homework: On Thursday, please hand in your homework at the beginning of class. Please write your homework on a separate piece of paper from the assignment sheet. Please staple together the separate sheets of your responses, if separate sheets there be. And please, if you write your answers on a sheet of loose leaf torn from a notebook, use the perforations to avoid ragged edges on the page. If there are no perforations, then find something else on which to write, because those ragged edges really get me steamed.

“Most of the time it was probably real bad being stuck down in a dungeon. But some days, when there was a bad storm outside, you’d look out your little window and think, ‘Boy, I’m glad I’m not out in that.'”

This is the opening track to F#A# , the (a previous effort, which doesn’t really count, notwithstanding) début LP from Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and one of the greatest albums released in the past couple of decades (their follow-up, Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven, is perhaps even better). Maybe a lot of you won’t be into it, but I would bet that a few of you will be bowled over.


HW 1

Dear Everyone,

Homework the first has been posted in the Assignments tab. It is due Thursday, 6 February 2014, at the beginning of class.

Barnett Newman was an American Abstract Expressionist who is particularly noted for his “zip” paintings, which are characterized by vertical strips that contrast with the rest of the work. This one’s called “Vir Heroicus Sublimis” (“Man, Heroic and Sublime”). Newman wrote a related essay called “The Sublime Is Now” and you can read it here. I do think it’s a good idea for an artist whose work is as abstract as Newman’s to do some writing in order to expound on his artistic philosophy and sensibility. Seems only right. The painting is in the MoMA, so you have no excuse not to see it at some point in your life, especially since Stony Brook students get in for free. Just go to the information desk, show your ID and be like “Eyy whatup gurl lemme get a ticket” and they have to give you one. It’s the law.


“During the Middle Ages, probably one of the biggest mistakes was not putting on your armor because you were ‘just going down to the corner.'”

– not Barnett Newman

Office Hours Wednesday 29 January

Hello all,

I will be in my office from 1-2 pm on January 29th, rather than my normal Wednesday hour of 11am – noon.

“The wise man can pick up a grain of sand and envision a whole universe. But the stupid man will just lie down on some seaweed and roll around until he’s completely draped in it. Then he’ll stand up and say, ‘Hey, I’m Vine Man!'”

Homework 3 posted

Esteemed students,
You will find the third homework assignment in the Assignment tab. It’s due Wednesday the 18th of September.
Here is a picture of a building that used to be a White Castle, but now is not one. How sad.


But wait actually White Castle is not very good, so this is not so sad after all.
Remember: As Jack Handey reminds us, it’s funny that pirates were always going around searching for treasure, but they never realized that the real treasure was the fond memories they were creating. Don’t be like the pirates — appreciate life’s journey. Also, don’t steal or murder.