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Kyle’s Metaprimer #1: O is for on The Westside Highway 

I have driven continually on the Westside Highway for almost a year now. I find comfort in these experiences that nearly resemble wanderlust. Transitoriness, if nothing else, has emerged as a thematic recurrence since the start of my last year as an undergraduate. The constancy of impermanence fuels my insatiable desire to experience everything. Coping …

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E is for Envelopment 

Listening to this in the dark has frequently occurred. Her voice blankets and sense of apprehension; any despair; any— But at the same time there is immense despair herein. Everything is felt all at once. “They’re just hiding from me.” Whispered vocals that are not entirely heard. The guitar creates a space wherein resonance …

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I is for Intensity 

I wanted to write an extremely elaborated post on the notion of intensity but, in the interest of saving time, I really cannot. So writing something short and intense still counts, right? ___________________________________________________________________ BeforewatchingthisJacksonPollockvideothatIwanttopost,Iamdrinkinglemonwaterand eatingchocolatechipcookiesandmultigrainchipswhilecoffeebrewsdownstairsandIhavein thebackofmymindthatImustrevisemyentireconceptualunitformyEnglishmethodsclass that’sduetomorrow. Intensity ebbs and flows; I never see it as a constant, despite its draining persistence sometimes. ___________________________________________________________________ While …

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C is for Continually Enjoying Going on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Ride in Walt Disney World throughout My Youth 

I feel a sense of elation every time that I go to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, a vacation spot that I, as a young adult, understand portrays pernicious stereotypes that affect the youth of America, but a place where also I have had wonderful aesthetic experiences that I hold onto until this day …

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L is for Light 

As a child, any time in my parents’ house or in my grandparents’ apartment when the stove’s light was not turned on, I would turn it on. These amber lights fascinate me, and still do until this day. ___________________________________________________________________ In Virginia Woolf’s novel To the Lighthouse, Mrs. Ramsay, the work’s heroine, exposes her vulnerability in …

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G is for Gaze 

I once saw a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream wherein a metatheatrical moment occurred that I would never forget. Strangely, I saw this production twice, primarily on account of aspired plans that did not come to fruition upon the second occasion. First I went alone; second I went with my friend “Dan.” Subsequent …

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U is for Understanding a Comfortable Environment 

As a kid I would sometimes stare at the sunlight that the window’s blinds would splice. I could still see the illuminated particles in the air though. ___________________________________________________________________ Understanding a Comfortable Environment Prior to class, in addition to reflecting upon Wordsworth’s poem “Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 2, 1802” (and their previous analysis thereof), students …

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O is for on the Westside Highway 

I have driven continually on the Westside Highway for almost a year now. I find comfort in these experiences that nearly resemble wanderlust. Transitoriness, if nothing else, has emerged as a thematic recurrence since the start of my last year as an undergraduate. There might be some kind of therapeutic component to lengthy trips in …

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R is for “Riting” Weekly Illustration Analyses 

I never got to compose any kind of analysis like this in my secondary English classes. Not until I took an undergraduate art history course, which changed my life. ___________________________________________________________________ Weekly Illustrations Analysis On two occasions per week, students will analyze illustrations that depict the complex themes of intrapersonality and interpersonality for the first seven …

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B is for BODIES 

I have yet to visit BODIES: The Exhibition. I wonder if being the hypothetical spectator has affected how I have composed this learning activity. ___________________________________________________________________ Trip to BODIES: The Exhibition Under permission of the school’s administration, students will travel to BODIES: The Exhibition, a museum that displays preserved, deceased humans who have given their bodies …

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J is for Journal 

I have never kept an ongoing written journal, despite how I think it would benefit me. ___________________________________________________________________ Journal Students will keep a private journal for the entirety of the school year, but will be frequently posting throughout this 14-week unit in order to establish a deeper understanding of themselves. Having students intimately engaged with themselves …

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Q is for Quietness 

The extent to which quietness operates within an environment directly contributes to how individuals comport themselves because aural stimulation is nearly unavoidable. Based upon our interactions in class, if quietness persists after a few seconds, someone will say something about the current subject of discussion. Perhaps the space between our said statements evokes anxiety for …

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W is for Walking 

Subsequent to parking in the Village last night, my cousin and I walked nearly a mile to reach the restaurant “Dallas BBQ.” The former purposefully parked from this distance because he says that he desired to have “a good walk in the city”; I retorted, “You just wanted to park far away so you could …

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F is for Field 

1. In Education for a Socially Engaged Art Pablo Helguera references "pedagogy in the expanded field" when talking about the challenging relationship of pedagogy and art practice. When a field such as this is expanded, it's possible that the entire idea of there being a "field" might cease to exist. 2. In my previous post …

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X is for Xeroxing 

As I gradually enter into the professional world of education, I realize that I have developed a profound aversion to paper—especially to the devices associated therewith. In the last few weeks, xeroxing has taken over, intermittently, my life within my professional, educational milieu. In itself, the experience has this monotony to it that almost puts …

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M is for Magnolia 

Equanimity dissipated weeks ago. My undergraduate honors thesis, which explores idealized love in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and The Winter’s Tale, was due in a few days: On the first day of spring, I believe. I had to finish chapter three, compose the conclusion, and revise everything. Nobody was on campus because undergraduates had spring …

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H is for Hands 

How our hands move—consciously and unconsciously—might evince more than we wish. ___________________________________________________________________ 3. Learning Activity: What the Hands May Say: an Examination of Dr. Spivey’s Body Language While Dr. Spiney and McMurphy discuss Nurse Ratched’s presence among the staff and patients (Kesey 56-62), Spivey’s somatic responses to McMurphy’s evoking questions and assertions evince the profound …

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Y is for You 

I ran across this quote awhile ago, and I was reminded of it while searching for inspiration for writing. It felt appropriate given our conversations surrounding experiences and environments. I find the implications of this quote very interesting, and likely ones that go unnoticed after a quick read. You are an accumulation of all things …

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N is for Negative Capability 

Clarke, Henry. Illustration for Edgar Allan Poe's story "Descent into the Maelstrom". 1919.  Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination. Print. Finding comfort in tangibility thematically recurs in my life: Knowing that which affects me fosters this self-aware consolation onto which I hold.The unknown, intangibility, emotionally taxes me somewhat but, over the last few …

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A is for Acting 

Hodges, William. Jacques and the Wounded Stag-‘As You Like It’, Act II, Scene I. 1790. Oil on Canvas. Yale Center for British Art, New Haven. In Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It, Jaques, the work’s seemingly jaded, melancholic figure, discusses the human condition’s inescapable roles—and the consequences thereof: All the world's a stage, And all …

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