Springtime, The One Year Anniversary of The Pandemic, and Music

March this year feels odd. There is a sense of maturity and growth I think we all feel after 12 months of lockdown and quarantine to varying degrees , and yet somehow I have the most uncomfortable sense of nostalgia, or, more appropriately, deja vu about the whole thing. Even with vaccine distribution making significant progress worldwide, I feel like I’m in the same place I was last year. Granted, last year I thought coronavirus just meant two week vacation. Nobody was really as worried as we should have been last March. You could make the argument that even today there are still some people who aren’t taking the pandemic as seriously as they should be.

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‘Going To Meet The Man’

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Fifteen seasons of Criminal Minds have prepared me for this story.

‘Going to Meet the Man’ by James Baldwin takes place in 1960’s America during the reign of the Jim Crow characterization and its corresponding legislation. The short story follows Jesse, a policeman, through a series of memories in which he fantasizes about burning black people’s homes and terrorizing them in general

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‘A Good Man Is Hard To Find’ Response

Rating: 4 out of 5.

As per my usual, this post is a response to the short story A Good Man Is Hard To Find, by Flannery O’Connor. And again as usual, the story is linked for your convenience.

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‘The April Witch’ and ‘All Summer In A Day’ Response

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This post is a response to the short stories The April Witch and All Summer In A Day by Ray Bradbury for my genres class. If you haven’t already, I recommend reading them. Links are attached for your convenience.

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‘The Lottery’ Response

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Let me start with a quick note: for those of you who’ve stumbled upon this post and are not here from my Genres class, I recommend you read the short story ‘The Lottery’ by Shirley Jackson. It is linked here for your convenience.

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