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With apologies to students of Roberto Rossellini for decontextualizing a complex film

(Written for History 615: History and Cartography (2007))

In 1950, Roberto Rossellini directed The Flowers of St. Francis.  In the movie,  Brother Francis (not yet saint) directs one monk to cook for the other friars. The cook throws the brotherhood’s entire available supply of food into a giant cauldron which appears to be the height and width of a small room, figuring that he’ll make meals enough for them all to last a long time.  Needless to say, the results are apparently hard to digest.

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Is it possible to get as excited about pencils as it is about 2 gigahertz intel dual core mobile processors with 2GB DDR2 multitasking memory capability?

Or, Why Can’t I Just Go to the Dollar Store and Grab a Six-Color Box of Rosearts?

Written for History 615: History and Cartography: freehand map assignment

I miss the September ritual of buying notebooks, pens and pencils for a new school year.  These days I’m organically united with my computer and hyperventilate if no wireless internet is nearby, but putting a new entry into Zotero doesn’t inspire quite the same anticipation as an empty, college-ruled, three-subject spiral and a newly-sharpened number 2 Faber-Castell with my name stamped on it.  Forget that the writing utensils got lost, covers came off the notebooks, and I couldn’t read my own handwriting after the third day.

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