Since (1) we're officially not being asked to make up the missed class (2) I'm guessing it will be difficult to get everyone together for another 2-hour class (3) I think discussing NOON in the same class as Donald Barthelme & John Barth works, I came up with an idea that hopefully will please the most # of people the most: 
1. Choose, by 11/26, a short story published after 1960, between 1000 & 10,000 words. This can be a story you've read many times & like a lot & want more information about, a story you've heard about but never read, a story many people seem to like but you've never been able to like but are interested in trying to like, etc. If you can't think of a story you can loosely describe a story, or an author, and I'll choose for you based on your description ("story about someone using the internet" "prototypical Raymond Carver story" "the most famous Updike story" etc.).
2. I'll assign another student the story you've chosen (I'll probably assign stories to students who I think will be most excited about the story, therefore most eager to read & think about it). That student will closely read, graph, outline, gather quotes about the story & send me a "report" on the story (I'll also read the story & include my thoughts). 
3. Turn in your reports on or before 12/10. At the 12/17 class I'll have combined everyone's reports into a packet & will pass these out to everyone, even nonparticipants.

If you want, you can also tell me what specifically you want to know about the 
story, & I'll let the person doing the report know. Otherwise [see below].

Basically, you'll have the opportunity to get a comprehensive report on any short story. But in return you will have to provide a comprehensive report on another short story. You'll get a little more than you put in because I'll also be adding my thoughts on each story. 

This isn't required, feel free to ignore this if not interested.


1. A graph of the story. Use your discretion on how you want to graph it. Examples are here.
2. A paragraph of your non-analytical thoughts on the story.
3. A page of phrases, sentences, or paragraphs from the story that struck you for whatever reason, with your commentary on why each was striking/memorable/jarring/etc. to you.
4. A page listing what you think the story did or did not, to you, successfully achieve, and why each, to you, was or was not successfully achieved.
5. A page of information based on research done on the story online (via Wikipedia, reviews of the story, interviews with the author, etc.).

So, the graph, then roughly 4 pages of information. Feel free completely to ignore my above guidelines & write or draw whatever you want about the story, even only 4 graphs (or one very complicated, comprehensive graph), if you want, but the focus should be on the story. If you don't get 4 pages of information, but have worked, say, 2 hours, it's okay to have less than 4 pages. Remember that another student has requested a report on this story. Your job, if you want to think of it this way, is to try to make them happy.

DUE DATE: Email me the report before 12/10 or bring it into class that day.



MAHREEN SOHAIL The Mansion on the Hill by Rick Moody
SHEILA TRAUB Dreamer in a Dead Language by Grace Paley
WILL VINCENT Pastoralia by George Saunders
JOE PFISTER The Bear Came Over the Mountain by Alice Munro
MICAH WEISS The Soul is Not a Smithy by David Foster Wallace
MARY RAINEY Referential by Lorrie Moore


WILL VINCENT The Soul is Not a Smithy by David Foster Wallace  NEED
RYAN STRONG The Bear Came Over the Mountain by Alice Munro
KEVIN Z Dreamer in a Dead Language by Grace Paley  NEED
MICAH WEISS Pastoralia by George Saunders  NEED
MAHREEN SOHAIL Referential by Lorrie Moore
MARY RAINEY The Mansion on the Hill by Rick Moody


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