Follow the yellow brick road.

Task three: Aspects.

  • Lionel Essrog: what’s the most interesting or compelling aspect of his character? Who would you choose to play him, and why?

I thoroughly enjoy Lionel’s character, and how he’s so in touch with his emotions. We both like to eat a lot, almost as a sense of distressing, it works for me anyways. I wonder if Lionel eats as a way of coping with him inner battles, stress or if he just enjoys food. This makes me think of the scene where the homicide detective is trying to interview him, and Lionel goes into the sandwich shop to grab something to eat on the way home. I found it particularly clever when the detective assumed that Tourette’s was a person and Lionel went along with it, saying “let Tourette’s be the suspect and maybe I’ll get off the hook,” (Lethem, 110).

If this novel developed into a movie, I doubt I would be capable of playing such a compelling character. I definitely wouldn’t do it justice.

  • The tone of the book. The overall feeling or mood.

Different scenes in the novel portray different moods. The two scenes with Julia and Kimmery gives insight as to who Lionel is when he’s around women, and how it makes him feel. It’s interesting that compassion and lust mutes his Tourette’s the way it does, but as soon as the moods over he’s back to shouting random words that cross his mind. This mood is lust.

There’s a sense of dark humor when Frank Minna is in the back of the car dying, and Lionel doesn’t give into the darkness and sadness the way most people would given the situation, he handles it in a way that works best for him, and if I could, I would applaud him for following his intuition. Lionel is a leader, rather than the follower everyone expects him to be. His ultimate goal is to replace Minna, as an honor and with respect, all he wants to be is Frank Minna and once he sets his mind to it, it almost comes naturally.

 Task six: Psycho-therapy

When trying to identify what obstacles are preventing us from reaching our aspirations in life, we must take a moment to write down everything that makes us happy, focusing on the positivity above all else. The purpose of this exercise is to acknowledge that we are in control of our destiny, if we chose to write our path we shall do so, only choosing to include the right people, with the right attitude to join us on our path to ultimate happiness.  Our greatest obstacles in life are the negative ones. If exclude any negativity from joining you on your path, your pure positivity will guide you in the right direction. Lionel, you have the ability to do this with your eyes closed, I’ve seen this ability when you choose not to engage in the darkness around you, but rather turn it into a lesson to be learnt, or make it the butt of a joke. Nobody can choose your path for you but yourself, my suggestion is to surround yourself with the people you love, and who love you for who you are and see where life takes you. Good luck in your future endeavours.

Chelsea Silva-Martin

 

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Mind Blown

Task 6:

Dear Lionel Essrog,

Through extensive testing and research our team of psychiatrists has come to many different conclusions concerning you. At the bottom of everything we believe that you have been leading a life that is not fit for you. We understand that this can be a little hard to hear but you need to keep it real with yourself so you can develop as a person with the potential you have. We have seen great things from you concerning your Tourette’s and not allowing it to take over your life. I, as your doctor advise you to maybe take some time off of work to just reflect on everything that has happened in your life recently. All thoughts are good ones even if they are negative because one can work with that negative energy and try to create a more optimistic point of view. Lionel you are more than you think, and once that thought crosses the barrier of your trapped self, your time will come.

Stay true to yourself,

Andrew Augoustis.

Task 7:

Am I really me?

or just an imitation,

A freak of nature.

Task 3:

  • The world and setting of the story.
  • The secondary characters.
  • Lionel Essrog: what’s the most interesting or compelling aspect of his character? Who would you choose to play him, and why? – Tom hanks could play Lionel he has some experience with characters of Lionel’s nature (forest Gump). Lionels most interesting aspect is his determination. Lionel has a big heart despite his hardboiled shell. His Tourette’s is also interesting depending on how you look at them. You can either see how they make Lionel funny or how he doesn’t let it hold him back (determination).
  • The major core conflict of the story and why or how this occurs. This should include the narrator’s inner conflict.- Who killed Frank Minna and why? Lionel’s attachment to Frank changes the feeling of the novel. Frank is murdered.
  • A few key scenes.
  • The dialogue.
  • The language. This can include Lionel’s narration, and most interestingly, his verbal tics.
  • The major overarching theme of the book. What kind of universal human truth does this novel suggest?
  • The tone of the book. The overall feeling or mood.
  • Perhaps there’s another aspect you’d like to talk about that’s not on the list? Pitch it to me.
  • Option if you disliked the book: A paper describing why you think it should not be made into a film. Please, Ed, don’t do it. Again, you will focus on one of the above aspects, and discuss why you either find it uninteresting, cliché, trite, or unrealistic.

Creativity

Task 6 (psycho-therapy)

Dear Lionel,

I know that happiness can be hard to find, especially when someone closest to you, even a father-like figure, passes away. However, you are not alone, there are other people that are going through what you are feeling or even, going through the same situation. At times like this you’re best bet is to grieve properly, don’t outrun it or else your unhappiness will grow, and with all it’s strength it will come out at you and there, at that moment is something very hard to recover. Don’t let yourself fall.

Task 7 (Haiku)

Five men in a car

Conversation among two

Lionel in the middle

 

  • The world and setting of the story.
  • The secondary characters.
  • Lionel Essrog: what’s the most interesting or compelling aspect of his character? Who would you choose to play him, and why?
  • The major core conflict of the story and why or how this occurs. This should include the narrator’s inner conflict.
  • A few key scenes.
  • The dialogue.
  • The language. This can include Lionel’s narration, and most interestingly, his verbal tics.
  • The major overarching theme of the book. What kind of universal human truth does this novel suggest?
  • The tone of the book. The overall feeling or mood.

 

The most interesting and obvious aspect of Lionel Essrog’s character is his Tourette’s syndrome. All his tics create some humor  in a serious scene to navigate the readers in a lighter feeling, or mood. As in a movie, when there’s a serious or intense scene, one of the character’s says or does something funny, or attempts to be funny, in order for the audience to somewhat get away of the intense moment and smile or laugh, because everyone knows a frowning express can give you wrinkles! Lionel’s tics always have a word play for what has been said or for something we was about to day and that can be very interesting, in a way where we never know what he’ll say next. For example, when Lionel came into contact with a very big and dangerous people he just screams out “Eat me Fujisaki” which is not something you would want to yell out to these kind of people (279).

 

Julia Graziani

BREF

 

guernica3

 

Dear Lionel,

How are you? I know because of your Tourette’s syndrome, the life is kind of harder than others. But you know what my friend, you just need to be yourself and be happy about your life. As I read your situation, I could see how people were looking at you as a “not” person but I know how big are you and how you can overcome. I could also notice on your situation is that you need love for your happiness.

 

Haiku

Love is coming

Kimmery has fallen for you

  • The world and setting of the story.
  • The secondary characters.
  • Lionel Essrog: what’s the most interesting or compelling aspect of his character? Who would you choose to play him, and why?
  • The major core conflict of the story and why or how this occurs. This should include the narrator’s inner conflict.
  • A few key scenes.
  • The dialogue.
  • The language. This can include Lionel’s narration, and most interestingly, his verbal tics.
  • The major overarching theme of the book. What kind of universal human truth does this novel suggest?
  • The tone of the book. The overall feeling or mood.
  • Perhaps there’s another aspect you’d like to talk about that’s not on the list? Pitch it to me.
  • Option if you disliked the book: A paper describing why you think it should not be made into a film. Please, Ed, don’t do it. Again, you will focus on one of the above aspects, and discuss why you either find it uninteresting, cliché, trite, or unrealistic

I would probably not be writing about the world and setting of the story because I didn’t really find that the setting has not really have a impact of the novel. For sure the secondary characters could be one of my option of my assignment, because compare the previous one, this topic has been a impact on the novel means there is a lot of things that we could say about it. The third topics is also interesting, Lionel as the main character,

 

Alex Mukwende

Haik you Find you

1-You are a therapist and Lionel has asked you for a diagnosis about what the greatest obstacle to his own happiness is. Write him a short letter with your professional diagnosis. You do not need to know anything about psychology to do this. I mean, just being a human and living in the world until now qualifies you.

Dear Lionel,

I hope you are doing great. I heard about your concerns on your lifestyle, hence, I decided to write you a letter with tips that can hopefully help you. In my perspective, I think that the greatest obstacle to your own happiness is a lack of confidence and trust in yourself. It may sound like a cliché, but the only way to be happy in this word is being proud of who you are. You need to lay down and ask yourself many question to get to know you. Who am I? What is my role in this life? What do I want to complete in my life? What are the problems in my life? What are the solutions to those issues? What do I like? What am I good at? The best way to get to know who are you is to ask yourself question. Questions are really important in life. They serve as a point of guidance in your life. I am aware that losing Frank, your source of happiness and role model, was dreadful. However, Frank isn’t the only thing there is in life.

2-Write a Haiku that encapsulates Lionel’s plight in this novel.

When you’re done, give your post a title, feature image, and publish the following category: Creativity Lab.

Haik you Find you

Lionel “DICKWEED”,

There is more in life than Frank

Find your own outlet

016564424_303003-The options: Listed below are the aspects of the novel you could choose to focus on (these choices are inspired by scriptmag.com. See supplementary reading on blog). You will choose ONE of the following. There might be some natural overlap between some of these, but you’ll mainly focus on one:

  • The world and setting of the story.
  • The secondary characters.
  • Lionel Essrog: what’s the most interesting or compelling aspect of his character? Who would you choose to play him, and why?
  • The major core conflict of the story and why or how this occurs. This should include the narrator’s inner conflict.
  • A few key scenes.
  • The dialogue.
  • The language. This can include Lionel’s narration, and most interestingly, his verbal tics.
  • The major overarching theme of the book. What kind of universal human truth does this novel suggest?
  • The tone of the book. The overall feeling or mood.
  • Perhaps there’s another aspect you’d like to talk about that’s not on the list? Pitch it to me.
  • Option if you disliked the book: A paper describing why you think it should not be made into a film. Please, Ed, don’t do it. Again, you will focus on one of the above aspects, and discuss why you either find it uninteresting, cliché, trite, or unrealistic.

According to me, the aspect that the novel should focus on is the main character, Lionel. As I was reading the book, my main concentration was on the protagonist and the way that he interacts with other characters. I believe that Lionel and some other characters such as Tony, Frank, Matricardi and Rockaforte give the novel a nice, interesting touch. The storyline wasn’t really my main concern. What I really liked about this book is the characterization of Lionel. Just the fact that he has Tourette’s makes the book more compelling and enjoyable to read. Who would have thought that you could chuckle more than anxious when you are reading a detective novel?

Ilyas Mohamed

Motherless Brooklyn Aspects

  • The world and setting of the story.

The setting comes to life in the novel and is like a secondary character after Lionel. Knowing the world around Lionel explains to the reader what kind of environment Lionel is living in. It helps us imagine better where he is and how this affects him. It is something I may want to write about since the setting is very well described and focused on by the author.

  • The secondary characters.

Lionel’s relationship with the other Minna Men is important to the story. It helps explain reasons why he goes off on his own to try to solve the murder of Frank Minna.

  • Lionel Essrog: what’s the most interesting or compelling aspect of his character? Who would you choose to play him, and why?

One of the most compelling aspects of Lionel to me would be how observant he is and his thought process. He is very detailed in what he does or how he sees people and he doesn’t take what everyone tells him at face value. He is cautious about who he puts his trust in and I believe Edward Norton would be the best actor to play this character. Edward Norton has played a similar character before in the movie primal fear.

  • The major core conflict of the story and why or how this occurs. This should include the narrator’s inner conflict.
  • A few key scenes.
  • The dialogue.
  • The language. This can include Lionel’s narration, and most interestingly, his verbal tics.

Natacha Colimon

Tickling tics ?

Task 6 : Psycho-therapy

You’re asking me why you’re not happy ?You’re surely asking yourself , why can’t I reach happiness like everyone else , why are there many obstacles in my  life ?  Let me answer you my dear ,  the answer of your question cannot be found in books or through my analysis or simply based on other’s definition of happiness. You have to find it yourself Lionel , you and only you . You’re the captain of the boat , don’t decide where you want to go , just let the sea guide you and if you face torrents during your travel , then you have to surpass it and go through it . Because after all  , you’ll find out that these difficulties that you encountered were only there to test you and help you enjoy even more pleasurable moments in life.Your tics may represent a huge part of  your problem according to you , but trust me they are not !! It is one of your characteristics , it is what defines you best , it is the essence of your personality , the perfume of your nature . I simply want to tell you not to compare yourself to others , enjoy life as it is and don’t focus on your defaults , why worry so much for subtle details .

 

Task 7 : Haiku

Your colored outbursts

Lionel disfigured tics

Peacefully freaky

 

Task 3 :  Aspects

  • The world and setting of the story.

Lionel is living in a world of crime , treason , prejudice and discoveries . He lived in Brooklyn , consider like a mother ( the city grew ,changed,evolved  with him)

  • The secondary characters.

Frank Minna is like a brother , a masculine figure in his life , just like a role model .Gilbert , Danny and Tony are like a reconstituted family ( Minna Men).Julia , Frank’s wife is suspicious , she seems implicated into the crime of her husband . The clients are suspicious too , don’t inspire trust .

  • Lionel Essrog: what’s the most interesting or compelling aspect of his character? Who would you choose to play him, and why?

It looks like he’s a child trapped into a man body . Sometimes he acts foolishly and childish like when he’s facing different situations . His tics are important element of his personality , it is in  a way a second character . Easy to manipulate him , really naive just as child . I think that Jim carey( would play Lionel .

  • The major core conflict of the story and why or how this occurs. This should include the narrator’s inner conflict.

The core conflict of the story is Lionel and his tics .He tries his best to deal with it but s unable to control himself.

  • A few key scenes.
  • The dialogue.
  • The language. This can include Lionel’s narration, and most interestingly, his verbal tics.
  • The major overarching theme of the book. What kind of universal human truth does this novel suggest?
  • The tone of the book. The overall feeling or mood.
  • Perhaps there’s another aspect you’d like to talk about that’s not on the list? Pitch it to me.
  • Option if you disliked the book: A paper describing why you think it should not be made into a film. Please, Ed, don’t do it. Again, you will focus on one of the above aspects, and discuss why you either find it uninteresting, cliché, trite, or unrealistic.

Leila Bencherif