Jaxx

Jacqueline Artz, GLS Program @ NYU

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Stumbling Along…

In 3. Language, The Art of Travel, Paris, Places by Jaxx1 Comment

I love Reid’s quote about watchful silence because that is the best way I can describe my actions in Paris thus far. I have studied French for a few years and can stumble along, using my hands to help form my words. I find that, for the most part, I communicate effectively, getting that cup of milk or the bill …

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Alors, nous aimons!

In 1. Greetings, The Art of Travel, Paris by Jaxx1 Comment

My name is Jaxx Artz and I’m a junior in Global Liberal Studies concentrating in Arts and Literature. I chose to spend my junior year in Paris because I want to become fluent in French, and the arts and literature courses in Paris seemed so interesting. I’ve been here a week so far, and I’ve realized how I have been …

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Living Books

In The Travel Habit, WPA guidebooks by Jaxx3 Comments

Personally, I find that the WPA Guides served as a nice idea to kill two birds with one stone, if you will. One, they put writers to work and 2. They served as a push to get people to travel, for if you had the guide to New Orleans then why not travel New Orleans? I’m a bit mystified, though, …

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We Need A Break

In The Travel Habit, Tourism during the Depression by Jaxx2 Comments

It’s a phrase we’ve all uttered at least once in our lives. Hell, I’ve sighed, screamed, and cried out that phrase at least three times this school year. Where we are today, vacations are part of life. Schools have a few blocked out each year, the calendars filled with excited doodles of Christmas trees or beach umbrellas. Workers get vacation …

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Photographing the Depression

In Photo-Text books, The Travel Habit by Jaxx1 Comment

Photo textbooks that were used to document the effects of the Great Depression on working class people are as telling now as they were back in the 1930s. Through the photographs and descriptive captions, we can learn that the Depression had a devastating effect on the human body. It’s fitting that Lange and Taylor should name their photo book American …

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Conspiring Against Community

In The Travel Habit, Steinbeck (2) by JaxxLeave a Comment

I remember discussing the theme of community in Tom Kromer’s Waiting for Nothing. While there were some instances during the Depression when people had the greedy, every-man-for-himself attitude, I’ve found it is almost always the lower classes that go out of their way to help one another. In Waiting for Nothing, Kromer and a woman plan a meal with the …

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The Cycle of Greed

In The Travel Habit, Steinbeck (1) by Jaxx2 Comments

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck sheds a harsh light on the realities of migrant farmers during the Great Depression. His story focuses on one family—the Joads—but could be describing any of the migrant farmer families from Oklahoma during that time. Steinbeck calls attention to the injustice in the world and uses his novel to tell Americans that it …

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Forever An Outsider

In The Travel Habit, West (2) by JaxxLeave a Comment

The notion that West’s novels focused on a character who so desperately wanted to be part of an “ideal” society, or achieve the “ideal” life, but was forced to remain in the life he was born into rings especially true for Lem in A Cool Million. I have not read any of West’s other works, so I cannot say with …

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American Nightmare

In The Travel Habit, West (1) by Jaxx3 Comments

Nathanael West’s A Cool Million brutally dismantles the American Dream that still, almost a century later, encourages immigrants to dream big in their travels to America and assures citizens that all of their hard work will pay off. Early in the novel, Mr. Whipple encourages Lem to go to New York City to make his fortune, guaranteeing that America will …

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Not-So-Delicate

In Travel Fiction, The Travel Habit by Jaxx1 Comment

I was surprised to read Sister of the Road: The Autobiography of Box Car Bertha because I had never read a Depression-era text focusing on female hoboes. In fact, when I think of hoboes in the 1930s, I tend to think of men. I don’t know why. Possibly because the work I have read about the Great Depression tends to …

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Three Hots and a Flop

In Kromer, The Travel Habit by Jaxx1 Comment

Tom Kromer’s Waiting for Nothing is unique out of the works we have read because of the authenticity that shines through the text. Kromer himself shared that his work was entirely autobiographical, give or take a few stories that had to be tweaked to work well with the book. Instead of going out in his car, interviewing those who were …