Word #9, succulent

1. Succulent

2. “The chicken wings have succulent flavour and soft tasty meat that melts away in your mouth.” Seen in a vietnamese restaurant’s menu.

3. ADJ, (of food) tender, juicy, and tasty.

4. The succulent lamb chops I ordered nearly fell off the bone as soon as I went to bite into it.


Word #8, recalcitrant

1. recalcitrant

2. “Suddenly I was hard-bitten and recalcitrant, the kind of kid who took pleasure in sticking pins into cats” seen in ZZ Packer’s short story featured in Drinking Coffee Elsewhere 

3. ADV. having an obstinately uncooperative attitude toward authority or discipline.

4. The inmate was aggressive and recalcitrant, so his sentence was extended another 6 months.


Drinking Coffee Elsewhere

I read Packer’s title story that was attached to the link on the assignments page. Right away I admired her use of dialog, and how well it flowed with the storyline. She has a personably way of writing that may also be seen as conversational, because I find it fun and enjoyable to read. I like that she uses cuss words every now and then to add into the casual tone that the story has. Her metaphors are humorous, such as when she compares the color of the counsellor’s hair as “a shade of blond I’d seen only on Playboy covers” which I thought gave the story some character.

Her descriptions in characters, especially when they are speaking, is the perfect example of what we were working on in class during the “Mystery Character” blog. For example, when the dean was speaking, she adds in the gestures that the dean made with her hands as a “pink, freckled molehill on her desk.” This gives the reader a sense of the character through attention to detail, without having to blatantly state what kind of person they are. She consistently uses this technique throughout the story, saying things like “she bit her lip” and “I heard a back slump against the wall”. Another style I noticed was the frequent break in paragraphs to emphasize and maybe dramatize the situation or quote she decided to segregate from the prior paragraph. I find this technique intriguing because it draws the reader in and focuses on a specific point in the story.

NPR Radio Interview Analysis

I did my analysis on the interview by Terri Gross in Fresh Air regarding Barney Frank, member of congress, publicly coming out as gay. The interviewer opened with a background of when Frank first realized he was gay as a 14-year-old boy. She correlates this subject with his love for politics at a young age, but that he knew it would effect his career. She continues to give history on his accomplishments, including his support in gay rights legislation, which associates the topic of the interview with his background.

Gross does little to ease into the topic, immediately asking Frank if he was in any open relationships when he first went into politics. This allowed the topic of controversy in the late 60s and 70s with gay rights to be reflected on. He continued to express his goals and feelings on gay rights at that time and how he knew he could have an impact on it. I found it awesome that he shared his specific, personal feelings he had with the interviewer on his struggle of hiding that he was gay while in politics.

I liked that the interviewer shared different viewpoints and asked about scenarios that let Frank share personal stories that would be an interest to the listener. Although the topic is controversial, neither Gross or Frank came off as bias. Frank stayed lighthearted and spoke civilly yet sternly about the subject of gay rights. Each question was played off the topics Frank covered as he responded mostly with personal experiences that exemplified the general subject of reactions and interactions of Frank’s peers through his journey in coming out. Gross made sure to also cover the scandalous, personal questions that the public would be interested in knowing, and approached it by building it up with background information on the scenario.

It didn’t seem like Gross and Frank were friends, but the tone of the interview was conversational and composed. Neither of them had hostility towards the other person or the topic, which made it enjoyable to listen to. I learned that it is important not to offend the interviewee by keeping a consistent tone and to always be sensitive to any personal topics.

Copy Edit the World #2


Lack of consistency, in “We repair computer”, computer should be plural, since they are referring to multiple computers, as seen above the writing. “We repair computers” is the correct edit. Seen outside of a tailor in Downtown SJ.

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The dollar signs should be in front of the numbers. Seen in the Creasian menu.

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“Tortillia” should be spelled “Tortilla”. Seen in the Creasian menu.

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“Heinekan” should be spelled “Heineken”. Seen in the Creasian menu

Word #7, embed

1. Embed

2. “Studies show that kids don’t really understand the morals embedded in children’s TV programming.” Seen in a tweet by UberFacts

3. VERB; to fix firmly in a surrounding mass

4. The teacher’s goal was to embed the importance of environmental issues in her students’ heads.

Mystery Character

He walks around pompously, exuding his self-admiration onto any being surrounding him. His straight face and provocative fashionista arm-candy create controversy, but that only feeds their already large egos. The college dropout takes pleasure in sharing any and all opinions he may have, whether it be interrupting a speech in front of a large audience or exploiting himself over social media. At the end of the day, his credibility is slowly diminished with each insensitive outburst he has.