Sunday, October 23, 2011

Ichabod: Honorable Detective, or Greedy Asshole?

The short story and the film of Sleepy Hallow are vastly different in many ways, even fundamental things such as plot. But perhaps one of the biggest differences in the film and the story is the main character himself: Ichabod Crane. In the film, Burton has taken Ichabod and created a relatable and affable character. Ichabod is a detective who believes in a just world and will stop at nothing to make one, not even the threat of supernatural opposition. The audience quickly finds itself rooting for him in his quest. This Ichabod, however, is not the Ichabod from the original short story. The real Ichabod is a self-riotous school teacher who sees himself as above his poor man's living. And though he may "love" Katrina, it is clear in the story that he really only loves her wealth and the food that comes with it. In the short story, the audience quickly realizes Ichabod's intentions and does not feel sorry for him when he is driven out of town. The difference between Ichabod and Ichabod is that between a hero and a fool who must learn a lesson.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

What's a kindle?

Well, whatever it is, I don't have one. Or eBooks. Or any significant format to read digital books. Why? Because I don't like it. I don't like how it makes my eyes hurt. I don't like how, if it's school reading, I can't make notes on the side. I don't like the sickly blue glow screens give off. When given the choice, I'll always use print. Examples? My math class is using a digital book this year. So what did I do? I printed out the entire thing and put it in a binder. And it wasn't short (it filled an entire 1-inch binder).

This isn't to say I refuse to read off my computer. It's just to inconvenient to print every single thing I read on the internet. This is to say, however, I prefer reading print in general. I find it much more convenient. "Oh, but you can take thousands of books anywhere you go with a kindle!"Frankly, I'm not that prolific of a reader, and having one book with me at a time should be quite enough. I'll use my iPad for fruit ninja, thank you very much.

But don't worry digital. I think your place in the world is valid and important, it just doesn't happen to lie with me. I am not against digital books, I'm against having to read digital books myself. And I'm very much for digital media and believe in the digital revolution, I just don't think it will wipe out physical media.

Just like how my iTunes playlist will never replace going to a concert, digital writing will never replace real books. They're both fantastic for different things, and I sure as hell don't want to give either of them up.

-Counterfeit Bear

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Well done, Mr. Franklin

Dear Benjamin Franklin,
I thoroughly congratulate you on your piece. I find it reassuring and impressive that you can have such a broad view on humanity and understand another people's perspective so deeply. Your knowledge of American Indian culture is quite impressive! All the instances you provide of American Indian culture and European culture clashing are notable, especially those concerning education. And, of course, not only are your thoughts exquisite, but your presentation of them is impecable. I could not agree with you more, and I attribute this not only to your brilliant ideas, but your brilliant writing as well.
-Counterfeit Bear