Poster Children, Sandra Gail Lambert:
- Lambert begins with a detailed description of what she sees, what they are doing and where they are going. This makes me really envision exactly what she is experiencing and gives me a deeper understanding of the space. “We’re in single file, led by an American flag with stars in the shape of a wheelchair, and headed to the convention hotel that I still think we’re going to picket” I think that this works for me because it gives an initial description and also lets me understand what she is feeling “I can’t keep up. Someone steps behind me and pushes.”
- The author gives great detail in describing the space, she initially begins with a description but throughout the piece adds some more into it. She creates a space of business and a sort of hecticness. “The lobby glittered with chandeliers as if to greet heads of state. Under the glow were two hundred people in wheelchairs. Electric models with space-age controls scurried past hospital clunkers. “ She also gives great detail by using colors as a descriptor. She describes every single thing with a color. “Our cell is bright. Fluorescent tubes hang from the ceiling. They and the cameras stay on all night. The bunks are a freshly painted yellow. The vinyl mattresses are green, and the toilet in the corner is a silvered chrome. The blankets are shades of gray. So are the sheets. We are all in blue, the guards in beige, and the nurse in white. Jennifer’s wheelchair is Day-Glo pink.”
- I think the author gives enough researched background as she describes what the action happening was. “Eleanor had called to say the ADAPT action was happening, and I should drive the two hours to join them. ADAPT is a group of disability rights activists. Eleanor said the plan was to picket a nursing-home convention, disrupt a bunch of CEOs using their monopoly on Medicare funding to guzzle poolside parasols drinks.” She first sets up the story and then explains what it is she is doing.
- I think the author uses the coming full circle structure because she describes each moment leading up to an end result. She begins with a description of where she is, what she is doing, what she is experiencing and then describes what happens in the end. I thought that this essay was a bit scattered when I read it, I had a hard time following at times. From the second paragraph to the third, there was a bit of a gap for me with where the story is going.
The Last, Best Rodeo? Pauls Toutonghi:
- The author gives concrete details of the time, place and location of the space. “A four-hour drive from Portland to Pendleton, Oregon—on September 14, 2010—and you’d have found yourself at the 100th Anniversary of the Pendleton Round-Up.” This gives me an initial understanding of what I am about to read. Even though I like the straightforward details of what the author is experiencing, I think a little more detail or imagery could have helped me better envision something.
- The author does a very good job at giving physical descriptions throughout the story, that’s why I think that is what was missing in the first part of it. He vividly describes “luring wagon-riding settlers for nearly a century. Dusty yellow-grass hills. Ponderosa pines. A wide-open, unblinking blue sky. “
- Yes, he gives background information of the Pendleton Round-up and PRCA so a reader like me would have some context. “The Pendleton Round-Up is a stop on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) circuit, and easily among the oldest and largest rodeos in the world.” He also mentions how in Pendleton “you witness what passes for Americana, today: An atmosphere of stultifying kitsch—with an undercurrent of seething anger at the government.”
- The story takes on the structure of the Dipping into the well because the author tells his story while focusing on small moments throughout the story. He refers to many moments in history to support what he is saying as well as take time for detailed descriptions to give the reader a more in depth vision. “Yakima Wars” “Cowboys and Indians” “George H. Pendleton, the town’s namesake, was a prominent Copperhead—one of a group of United States Senators who, in the early 1860s, opposed the continuation of the Civil War. He ran for vice-president against Lincoln and Johnson on the Democratic ticket in’64”