Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The Sea Inside

Part One
My opinion on beinglegally able to comite suicide is that its a persons choice. Its there life. Anyone who tries to stop them is really just being selfish, people claim life is so great and should be appreciated but if its a persons wish to die you should respect their wishes. Each person is in charge of their own life.

Part Two
This director uses alot of close ups to convey emotions. Also in the last few scenes, the one were Ramon is talking about why he is comitting suicide it starts as a close up and dollys backward to say he is pretty much alone and his decision is final. In one of the very last scenes the director uses juxtaposition of Ramon laying in his bed dead and a shot of him floating in the water which to me means its the same. Ramon feels he should have died that day and after 28 some years he is getting his wish.

Part Three
In relation to Diving Bell and the Butterfly, the two are similar but completly different. Ramon was able to do so much more then Bauby. It almost seems that roles should be reversed; Bauby with the death wish. Because he was so limited, Ramon could atleast talk and laugh and share with his loved ones. Both situations make me think and appreciate everything i have and how it could be gone at any minute. Its also amazing to me that both people who couldnt do anything for themselves at all wrote books. If i were in that position im not sure i would have anything along the lines of a book accomplished but ive also never experienced something like that.

Outside Reading:Final

This is my favorite part of the book.The final section of The jokes Over, Hunter goes on trial for drug and explosives charges. Ralph has to testify. Ralph makes a big scene when asked how he met Hunter he says he was completly infatuated with him at first sight and smears lipstick all over him. Hunter was found not guilty. This is also a very sad section and most important, Hunter comites suicide. The rest is basically a letter Ralph worte after he died. Talking about the recent 2004 election, hunters suicide and the effects of his suicide. Some Questions he has and he ends with this:"But you leave us with a blue print, ole spert. Take it up with the gods. Send word. Ralph" which i thought was almost like ralph understood hunter did what he had to do and was not okay with it but dealing with it in a way hunter would have wanted.

Part Two
I chose the optional assignment.

i tried posting my thinking maps tonight but it didnt work. But i really am done.

outside reading quotes

"Funny thing about Americans. They are the first to adopt weird lifestyles and radical views but they are the most conservative race on earth. It's a water thin veneer that covers their pioneer wagon train conformism." Page. 99
THis quote is important to the book because to me there is a connection between the quote and Gonzo. It has the feelings and almost shock value that gonzo reporting has. I also really liked the quote because its very true, i completely agree with it.

Part 4 Summary
Section four is basically about Hunter and Ralphs relationship growing. They are seperate at this point and they are only writing letters back and fourth for the most part. It also continues with acouple assignments they go on. Its really the main section explaing how working together....strenghtend their relationship.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

week three blog

Part One,RNWG:2004-44,RNWG:en%26sa%3DN

1)The Jokes Over is basically about ralph steadmans relationship with hunter s thompson. All the things they went through while working together. Ralph wrote this after hunters death in 2005.

each chapter is about different projects they worked on. With different projects came different trips to different places. they go through a wide range of things. In the chapter im on now, hunters then wife explains ralph and hunters relationship. saying the love each other and work so well together because they balance eachother out. and have similar senses of humor.

2) Ralph steadman is a cartoon artist born in 1936. attended graphic design schools has alot of different projects. He worked moslty with hunter s thompson on books and movies. Most famous being fear and loathing in las vegas. He has worked for many newspapers and magazines. Illustraded famous books like alice in wonderland and animal farm.

Wikipedia, Research: Ralph Steadman.
Part Two
I really enjoy the book im reading. It has to do with "gonzo" which i really enjoy reading about. its a lifestyle, i dont knwo much a bout it but reading about it has made me think alot about the lifestyle i lead. I really like Fear and loathing in las vegas its one of my favorite movies and i love the pictures in that book, so reading about the people that made it all is fun for me. I never want to stop reading this. I especially like the language. it is english but the words he uses are...actually the best way to describe them are loaded words the make me think and help me picture what he is trying to say. the adventures these two have together are amazing. to constantly be traveling and drinking and doing drugs and writting/ drawing for all these different things. Its insane. Parts of the book talk about how Ralph is more innocent then Hunter in terms of personallity. I personally think hunter is crazy from what i have read but thats what i like about this book. its about one crazy person and his lifetime friedn who is in fact even crazier. I love this book alot.