Thursday, September 17, 2009

Teeth and Nostalgia

"For, though he did not know it, and despite the Hoover tube that lay on the passenger seat pumping from the exhaust pipe into his lungs, luck was with him that morning. the thinnest covering of luck was on him like fresh dew. While he slipped in and out of consciousness, the position of the planets, the music of the spheres, the flap of a tiger moth's diaphanous wings in Central Africa, and a whole bunch of other stuff that Makes Shit Happen had decided it was second chance time for Archie. Somewhere, somehow, by somebody, it had been decided that he would live."

From "White Teeth" by Zadie Smith

I'm teaching this book to my 12th graders this year. Reading it for the first time just now, and feeling silly for not having read it before...

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This may be the finest craft talk I've ever seen...


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Boone has sharp teeth. He made my father's hands bleed last weekend. Despite all of the toys scattered around the living room, Boone's favorite things to chew on seem to be empty Gatorade bottles, the hem of my khakis, and geriatric hands endeavoring to pet him.

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J-E-L-L-O--responsible for the presidency?


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Back on the rejection train (not that I was ever off of it) as the first of my most recent batch of submissions came back with an unmarked form slip. 13 days. Those poems must have been stinking up the office...


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I need to see John Legend in concert...


2 comments:

Denis said...

White Teeth is a great great novel. I'd also recommend "The White Tiger," which I always thought was by the same author, but isn't.

Check it out if you get the chance.

Liz said...

reading that passage from WT makes me want to read it again! Enjoy! I'm sure your class will appreciate your choice!