Tuesday, September 18, 2012


This short paper is totally focused on the book. You can, if you wish, state your opinion of it, but it's not necessary. I'm more interested in reading your close observations of the book.

Think about the one or two most interesting points you want to make. Find examples in the book to support your points, or better still write in detail about specific passages, recurrent themes, or patterns in the book.

Think very carefully about the form of this paper. Yes, it's just a page. But how many paragraphs? Is it in paragraphs? What are the options? What is the best form for this paper? How can the form assist you in making your points?

Will this paper be a fun, juicy, provocative, smart read? Remember: your reader is at least as smart as you are. Give your reader a good time!

Quote from the book. Always include the page number in parentheses after the quote, so the reader can find it easily in the book, e.g.,

       Even when Brainard's images are too bound to his own time or culture to be    
       shared by the reader, the precision with which he presents them makes them 
       accessible: I remember white margarine in a plastic bag. And a little package 
       of orange powder. You put the orange powder in the bag with the margarine 
       and you squeezed it all around until the margarine became yellow. (8)

One page is sufficient.  The paper should be clean, printed, and headed with your name, class, date, and a title specifying the focus of the paper, i.e., not just "Joe Brainard's I Remember," but "Domesticity and Taboo in Joe Brainard's I Remember,"  "The Effect of Pattern in Joe Brainard's I Remember," etc

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