One of your readings over the weekend, “Take the Cannoli,” focused on the impact one movie had on the life of Sarah Vowell. Vowell’s obsession with The Godfather helped shape her ideology—although she later changed her mind about many of the film’s morals—and drove her to take a strange and lonely trip to Sicily.
In this post I’d like you to consider a text—whether it be a movie, a book, a TV show, what-have-you—that had a strong impact on your life. Reflect on how and when you first encountered this text: Maybe it came along at a crucial time in your life, like Sarah Vowell seeing The Godfather during her confused years in college. Maybe timing had nothing to do with it and you were blown away regardless. Think about how this text challenged, confirmed, or helped shape your worldview. Did you find yourself imitating characters from this text (ie calling people “phonies” after reading Catcher in the Rye, talking in a gruff voice after watching The Dark Knight)? Or maybe it shaped the way you interact with people (you quote How I Met Your Mother with your friends, or maybe you tried to use Barney’s “Playbook” for picking up girls—I hope not, because that would be kind of disgusting, morally).
Thinking about a text that’s had an influence on your life will be good practice for your first paper for this class, a literacy narrative. This prompt, if you choose to accept it, will be due, as always, by midnight this Sunday (9/8). 200 words or more.