Try and draw them out and listen to their story. Laurel states, "We had all been taught that adulthood was full of sorrow and pain, taxes and bills, dreaded work and dealings with whites, sickness and death. Packer's talent for characterization and dialogue go over best when she dispenses with formula and pat resolutions and keeps the reader guessing at the end.
But then an interesting thing happens; as the girls approach the restrooms, Laurel finds that her thinking has changed: The similarity between the finger and the windshield wiper is based on the regular, repetitive, rhythmic motion of both.
Modern racism has measurable effects on quality of life indicators such as economic status and educational attainment, as well as self-esteem and general well being. As soon as I got there it was nothing I had ever seen or experienced. It is clear that she is young and innocent at the start of the story.
The eight "finely crafted tales" in the book make up "a debut collection that cuts to the bone of human experience and packs a lasting wallop," wrote a Kirkus Reviews critic.
Margolin is a religious woman who likes to give religious instruction to the girls in the Brownie troop. I thought "the Ant of Self" and "Geese" where particularly problematic. Then in a class presentation talk about your findings and draw some conclusions about issues of race generally in your school, neighborhood, city, or state.
Janice Janice is the girl who comes up with a plan to put daddy-long-legs in the white girls' sleeping bags. But don't let all this talk of preaching put you off. Many of these differences are purely imaginary: Arnetta knows that the troop of white girls will be in the restrooms soon and will not be expecting an ambush.
But some of the scenarios seem implausible--"Speaking in Tongues" concerns a churchgoing year-old who runs away from her guardian to find the mother who abandoned her, then falls under the sway of a smooth-talking dope dealer and escapes with the help of a proverbial whore with a heart of gold.
I especially related to the stories that recounted her characters' struggles with their religious culture. Is affirmative action justified as a way of helping those who have been disadvantaged, or does it amount to "reverse discrimination. Outcome We need to make sure our honking is encouraging.
Laurel's father asked them to paint his porch, and the entire Mennonite family came and did so. When they arrive, the white girls are already there. The sad thing that Laurel realizes is that the kind act of the Mennonite family did nothing to heal the situation or remove past pain, since her father refused to thank the family for the work they had done.
It was not the food she ate all the time, or even the kind she preferred, but it was the kind she wanted whenever she was sick or lonely; the kind of food that - when she got it - she stuffed in her mouth like a pacifier. It was estimated that two-thirds of African American children in the United States attend schools in which most of the students are members of minority groups.
They do not talk about fighting; they are all frightened enough to be walking through the woods at night. She has no desire to fight the white girls and is excused from doing so by Arnetta.
Arnetta is also a cunning girl. The one thing they are able to see is that the white girls' long straight hair looks like the shampoo commercials they have seen on television, and this difference alone is cause for "envy and hatred.
Wondering if they're like the white girls they see on TV--"ponytailed and full of energy, bubbling over with love and money"--they plan to pound them, but when the white troop turns out to be one for "delayed learners" the girls learn that life's cruelties aren't restricted to their side of the tracks.
All the girls start crying. It occurs to me that I can stay here on the sidelines for the entire march. When the girls first visit the restrooms to assess the place where they seek out the fight, Daphne busies herself by cleaning up the trash. This is not a story about the struggles of these girls to establish self-esteem.
When she was five, she and her family moved to Atlanta, where she remained until she was eleven. Geese, ZZ Packer STORY 2 WORKSHOP WEEK 12A November 27 WEEK 12B November 29 CATCH-UP WEEK WEEK 13A December 4 WEEK 13B December 6 Learning from Chekov WEEK 14A December 11 FP: Learning from Chekov Reading for Courage WEEK 14B December The stories in ZZ Packer's Drinking Coffee Elsewhere brims with rich, wonderful prose and incredibly interesting characters.
There's a bleakness to Packer's stories in a Flannery O'Connor-ish sort of way.
Speaking In Tongues or Geese for example, it feels like something more should be there. Something meatier, if you will. Not to say that. ZZ Packer "Geese" African American Prose October (4) September (8) August (3) Simple theme.
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I just finished ZZ Packer's short story collection, "Drinking Coffee Elsewhere.". –The Internet Archive Team. $6, by Packer, ZZ. Publication date Topics African Americans, African American Every tongue shall confess -- Our Lady of Peace -- The ant of the self -- Drinking coffee elsewhere -- Speaking in tongues -- Geese -- Doris is coming Boxid IA Boxid_2 CH Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II.
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