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The Emperor of Ice-Cream

Clive Maxfield
11/16/2010 10:17 PM EST

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MikeSantarini
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MikeSantarini   11/18/2010 4:52:11 PM
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There was this great scene in the Movie Back to School where Rodney Dangerfield goes back to college after making a fortune. In his literature class, he is given the assignment to write a book report on Vonnegut's "Breakfast of Champions." The next scene Dangerfield is berating the author himself because he hired Vonnegut to write the book report but his report only received a "B" as a grade.

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Max The Magnificent   11/18/2010 3:05:39 PM
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You know I was sort of thinking something like this (but using shorter words) when I read the interpretation on Wikipedia -- I remember saying to myself "well, that makes sense, but suppose someone else had interpreted it in a different way, maybe that would have made sense also." I remember seeing a sketch on some TV program where folks are stood in front of a modern painting offering all sorts of diverse interpretations as to what it means -- then the artist passes by and informs them that it's been hung upside down :-)

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laura.robison   11/18/2010 12:01:50 AM
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Thanks for sharing Max. I love unraveling poems; they are often like puzzles. I also enjoyed reading Mikeoo's comment. True, true and true.

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MikeSantarini   11/17/2010 11:51:13 PM
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What is interesting about poetry (and prose) and the whole genre of literary criticism is a little device called the "Intentional Fallacy" aka "Fallacy of Intentionality," which basically holds that an author's intention doesn't tell the full story of what he or she has written. The fallacy is somewhat self serving to those who specialize in writing interpretations/criticism of other people's prose (sometimes in addition to writing their own) but it has validity. You can imagine a scene where someone is writing about someone else but doesn’t realize it showing a bias or obsession or certain trait or mood about the writer as well as their subject. It's even more interesting when you compare and contrast interpretations from literary critics specializing in particular schools of criticism. Imagine interpreting Wally's piece through the lens of political critic, a feminist, ethnic, religious, etc. Many points of view--all valid depending on what life experiences you bring to the poem. What's great about some poetry is that it draws you in, makes you think and can stick with you...in turn further coloring your life experience. Further it tends to do this with few but precisely and skillfully placed words. Too bad poetry is often associated with elitism or something you must have a Piled higher Deeper in lit to fully understand. That is, of course, the biggest fallacy. Mike Santarini, Xilinx Xcell Journal

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Max The Magnificent   11/16/2010 10:31:31 PM
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Hmmm, all of this reminds me that I like Ice Cream...

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