Howl and Moving Freely

In Howl, Ginsberg shows how freedom allows one to move through spaces. Ginsberg writes, “who vanished into nowhere Zen New Jersey leaving a trail of ambiguous picture of Atlantic City Hall, /suffering Eastern sweats and Tangerian bone-grindings and migraines of China under junk-withdrawals in Newark’s bleak furnished room” (Ginsberg 20-21).  The speaker here is talking […]

10:04 and Change

Throughout the novel, Lerner’s narrator has a complicated relationship with change and the future. He recognizes that our lives have multiple futures, but that possibility and uncertainty of which future his life will take makes him uncomfortable. One of the earliest examples of this is when the narrator and Alex are at the museum looking […]

Lerner’s Manic Moon Landing Episode

Lerner starts off chapter five by sarcastically telling about how he tried to convince a scientist that the moon landing was faked. After closely examining this portion of the text in class, I realized that Lerner had done something that he did throughout the novel. When Lerner begins to tell the sarcastic story, him and […]

“Never knowing the geography of their complexion”

Racial relations to space, and vice versa, complicate an individual’s identity within a space.  For example, in “Puerto Rican Obituary,” the speaker explicates the challenges the Puerto Rican family struggles with throughout their lives.  One can only imagine how heartbreaking immigration truly is: to not be a part of your homeland and not belong to […]