Interview

For my Interview I asked my mother about her experience when Nelson Mandela came to New York on June 21st, 1990. At the time my mother was living in New York City and working for Scholastic. Nelson Mandela had just…

The American Frontier

The frontier, both as an ideal and in the physical sense, shows up in both Train Dreams and River of Shadows. In Train Dreams the frontier appears through the protagonist’s job of building railroads through the, at that time, somewhat wild and uncivilized area…

Reich: American Myths

Train Dreams: The American myth displayed in Train Dreams is “The Triumphant Individual”. This myth is “the parable of a self made man who bucks the odds, spurns the naysayers, and shows what can be done with enough drive and guts”.…

Gatsby Quotation

This is a conversation between Tom and Daisy Buchanan. Tom speaks first. “Did you give Nick a little heart-to-heart talk on the veranda?” demanded Tom suddenly. “Did I?” She looked at me. “I can’t seem to remember, but I think…

Murphy: Get Culture

From lunch at Riverside North, a local American diner with food served on paper plates and college football on all of the six television screens, to sitting around a fire pit in 90 degree late summer weather, Saturday, August 27,…