Pulp Fiction. Sooooooooooo good. Hooray for cinema studies classes/special interest sections that get you to watch things that you’ve been meaning to watch for a long time.
So I mentioned my professor Trip once before. He teaches my Logic, Reasoning, and Persuasion class. And he’s a cool guy. But he’s stuck teaching a bad class. We look at passages and break down their argument structure. Main conclusion at the point, branching out into levels of the argument and each sentence supports the main conclusion or an intermediate conclusion. So one way of figuring out the tree is the therefore test: “[sentence 1] therefore [sentence 2],” and if it “sounds right,” then you know that sentence 1 supports sentence 2 in your tree.
So we had the first exercise (read: quiz) in class before break and we were discussing it today (in a lecture hall with 200+ seats, mind you) and a lot of people disagreed with what he had as the answer. Which makes sense, because what “sounds right” to one person may not sound right to another. So trying to grade it is just a nightmare.
Also read Cocteau’s The Infernal Machine, which is an interesting play adaptation of the Oedipus myth. I read Oedipus Rex in high school, but this was a bit more…graphic than I remember.