Hello! I had a nice conversation with Jessica on the bus on the way back from class, and we talked about stuff, and I'm gonna try to remember it, but my short term memory is not working lately, and it sucks. uh.
*Zack's work vs jessica's work is cultural specific
Jessica creates an imaginary phillipeans, and therefor has to explain everything. in that way, she creates a novel that is "for foreign audiences" as opposed to zack's rolling the Rs which just plunges you in, and dosent really explain anything, the phillipeano stuff, or the american pop culture stuff. I told jessica, that seeing as that is the case, a phillipeano reader should be able to "understand" the phillepeano part, conversly, an american reader should be able to "understand" the american part. well, I'm american, and I found much less to relate to in the charlies Angles-esq refrences, than the phillipeano refrences.
In Dogeaters, because she delineates her wrold for the reader, it is unversially comprehendable in that respect. Of course, within her world, she uses lots of foreign words, without explaining them, and that adds a whole nother (wow, that's not a word) level of intamacy with the readers who can understand the tagala. It took me most of the book to realize that tismis was "gossip".
I dont know if this makes any sense.
*the gay male is a philipeno tradition. it stands out in light of all the christian traditions we've been raised on, and I thought it was because both the authors were gay. but apparently it's a historical story or something.
I really identify with dark shinider. I like his costumes and stuff.