Spike Lee’s “Crooklyn”

Spike Lee’s “Crooklyn”

In this 1994 release, director Spike Lee takes us on a trip to Brooklyn, New York in the early 1970s. Co-written by Lee and his sister Joie and youngest brother Cinqué, this is a quasi-autobiographical snapshot of the richly diverse environment of one of America’s...
“Secondhand Lions” and “The Secret Lion”

“Secondhand Lions” and “The Secret Lion”

“The Secret Lion” Author Alberto Álvaro Ríos tells this wonderfully conversational coming of age tale that is somewhat autobiographical. Ríos is an educator and an author, too, and still actively involved in the academic community. Check out his Web page: • Alberto...
Found Poetry

Found Poetry

Found poetry can be as profound as original, traditional poetry. The difference? The words are found in existing texts, then edited and arranged in new, poetic ways by the poet. Confused? No worries. Read this excerpt from Poets.org: Found poems take existing texts...
Juan Rulfo’s “No Dogs Bark”

Juan Rulfo’s “No Dogs Bark”

This story by Juan Rulfo – “No Dogs Bark” – is simple and short, but don’t let that fool you. Like a great piece of music or an abstract painting, much of what you take away from reading Rulfo’s work depends upon what you bring to it. For more information about Rulfo...
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. short stories

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. short stories

We’ll read “The Lie” and “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. And we’ll also watch “Examination Day” – an episode of “The Twilight Zone” – and “2081” – an adaptation of “Harrison Bergeron.”