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8.09.2010

why am I just finding out about this...now?



omg. this song came out in 2005, and I'm SO sure that it would've helped me go through a lot of rough patches of life's-uncertainties. (things like, getting over lame boys, being rejected from schools/places/things.... hating life and those who occupy the general inner sphere that surrounds...)

Sometimes you just need to hear someone else say "I've got a life" to remember that, "oh ya, I've got one too..."
And Annie's delivery of the lyrics.........
TEARDROPS fo' days.

Well, anyway, I'm happy to have found it today.

I finished "breakfast at tiffany's" the story itself is pretty great, minus the "nigger" references and depiction of african americans. But, it was written/released in 1958...so, ya know. what can you say about the social climate of the times?

I've often struggled with that issue in literature...
We'll stick with "breakfast at..." for the sake of reference points. I liked the story line, I just wrote a previous blog about wanting to be "holiday golightly" but...what about the constant dropping of the N-bomb.
I have (obviously) shrugged it off as a "circumstance of the times," but nevertheless, it's hard to take in as a "reader of color. "

It's funny because, did mr. capote write the story thinking "no one black will ever read this anyway, so  i don't have to worry about offending the readers..."

or was he thinking...

"well, everyone refers to them as this, so...who cares?"

or...was it just a very keen way of using racial slurs in a way of depicting "ms. golightly"...basically, was it just as a character sketch?
hmm...

I know with Stephen King books, in more times than less, he'll depict African Americans as the magical-negro, or otherwise his white characters will occasionally be older southerners who (of course) have to problem in calling the black character anything out of the book...

is that characterization tactics, or is it more than that?  (i hate pulling s.king into this, because I absolutely LOVE his writing style/ and his imagination!, but i sometimes have a hard time taking it in...)

One could easily argue, "they're characters of fiction, so why even take it so seriously?"
true.
but, it makes you wonder about the author sometimes.

it could be that i'm overly sensitive.

But, I'm kinda tired of being tagged 'overly sensitive' about racial issues. it's not that I'm overly anything, or sensitive to something that is just "commonplace".  the fact that it's commonplace should make everyone more sensitive.

Then again, freedom of speech grants all of the above to  be null and void. so there...

anyway, I don't want to put a damper on "Breakfast at Tiffany's..."
For a short story, it is filled with a lot of different issues/emotions/unforgettable character-types, and (of course) is worth the read.

...here's to you, Annie Lennox.
**winnie.

2 comments:

  1. it's interesting that you bring this up because this is one of the reasons why literature is used in history and american studies courses--it gives us a glimpse into a certain period of time, the author, the author's background, and what the particular setting (racial, political, or whatever) was like at the time (New York, the South, the West, etc...) These factors combined often paint a pretty interesting picture of what things were like, and perhaps what the author--living through that period--wanted to convey to his audience, both intentionally and not.

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  2. ya, it's one of those "art imitates life" things.
    crazy.
    ya, i know...be an american studies major...

    lol.
    your profile picture is still so funny.
    **winnie.

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