That article I mentioned on Pete Davidson

Here’s the article, from  The overall point is that that Davidson brings SNL into 2018 because it’s himself he’s putting out there, not a made-up character.   The article examines his relationship with Ariana Grande, but here are some quotes where Eric Harvey, the author, gets to his general point toward the end:

“Stand-up comedy is always an exaggerated performance of the self, but on SNL, stand-ups have traditionally subsumed their self-examinations for the good of the ensemble”..

….”[However,] for much of this season, the show—and maybe more importantly in 2018, the post-show coverage—has revolved around Pete Davidson. And not Pete Davidson, the sketch performer: Pete Davidson, the persona”…..

….”Though he underperforms elsewhere on the show, Davidson strongly appeals to a cohort of online self-branders who suffer more depressive episodes than any other age group and who are now tuning in to their grandparents’ favorite show to watch Davidson’s endearingly awkward self-revelations. Davidson might have deleted Instagram because the internet didn’t make him feel good—but who needs social media when your personal platform is broadcast live from 30 Rock?”


For Wednesday, December 5

  1. Work on Essay 4.  Developed draft is due at your meeting with me either this week or next; final version by Dec. 17.  If you’d like the whole class to discuss your work in progress on Wednesday or perhaps Friday, let me know.
  2. Read two recently published essays organized around abstract ideas.  One, from the New Yorker Magazine, is about “being held accountable.”  The other is about fear, by a Korean-American author who went to North Korea and secretly wrote a book about her experiences there.  In class we’ll discuss our observations about how each author explores his/her topic:  What is the ‘shape’ of each essay?  How does each author bring in material from the outside world? etc.
  3. Post SP 6 by Wednesday–see assignment on Moodle.

For Wednesday, November 14

  1. Finish Essay 3, print, and bring to class along with previous drafts and feedback sheets.
  2. Continue blogging/commenting.
  3. Reflect on the idea of a concept/event in the public sphere you might pursue for Essay 4.  (Remember our discussion in Friday’s class about “love as waiting” as an example.)  No need to write anything, or to make a definitive decision–we’ll pursue the idea further in class on Wednesday.    You might review your blog posts and short papers for potential ideas.

For Friday, and responses to Rothfeld

  1.  Work on your essay 3, which is due on Wednesday.  If you haven’t, come to your meeting with me–I will email a reminder in advance; if you need to reschedule, let me know.
  2. Read Rothfelt (p. 437–link to online version on post below). Post an observation as a comment here.
  3. Continue blogging/responding, especially if you haven’t posted recently.

For Wednesday, November 7

  1.  Work on your Essay 3–print a working draft for peer feedback in Wednesday’s class–(final essay due on Nov 14).
  2. Look over the short paper 4 (on a campus or Hartford event) you brought to class on Friday and revise it one more time.  To do so, read it aloud, thinking about voice/paragraph structure/overall thread/specific examples, etc.
  3. By SUNDAY NIGHT, post your revised short paper 4 (1-2 pages) on our Moodle site.
  4. Bring the printed draft (the one you had on Friday, not the revision) to class on Wednesday.
  5. We’ll talk about the Rothfelt (p. 437) reading on Friday–I’ll ask you to post a comment after Wednesday’s class (of course, you could write your comment in advance and post it later) .
  6. Remember your meeting with me about Essay 3–the night before your meeting I’ll send you an email reminder.  Bring your draft in progress to the meeting.

For Friday, November 2

  1.  Write short paper 4, a report on a campus or Hartford event–1-2 pages.  Print it and bring to class.
  2. The reading I mentioned (Rothfelt, p. 437, or find it online here) will be for next week instead of this Friday .
  3. If you haven’t commented on Taibbi (class blog post below this one), do so.
  4. Work on your research essay—draft due for peer feedback on Wednesday.  Final Essay due on Wednesday, Nov 14.  (Ariana, please email me your draft-in-progress by  1.30 on Friday).
  5. Continue blogging.