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The 1926 novel covers the lifestyle and adventures of a group of American and British friends living in However the beauty of Hemingway’s writing style is Paris. that he never explicitly states that the characters’ lives are aimless, or that this emptiness is a result of the war. Instead, he implies these ideas through his portrayal of the characters’ emotional and mental lives. Right away, we readers, can feel the unhappiness and desolation of the characters. The brilliance of the text lies in his ability to describe this desolation, without having to tell us what his characters are feeling. This is the essence of desolation. “The Lost Generation” written by Amanda M. FairEDQNV LPSOLHV KRZ WKLV FRQFHSW ¿WV WRGD\¶V VRFLHW\ our generation.

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World War I changed the traditional view of morality and faith. Men and women who experienced the war became psychologically and morally lost, and But the real question is; are we the ones to blame to they lived without any purpose in a world that ap- be considered the “lost generation” or is the world peared meaningless. changed and less opportunities are available? +HPLQJZD\UHÀHFWVWKLVVLWXDWLRQWKURXJKKLVFKDUDF- For another perspective, read In Defense of My Genters, each one living an empty and dramatic life. The eration, by Jason Oberholtzer. FKDUDFWHUVRIWKHQRYHO¿OOHGWKHLUWLPHZLWKFDVXDO %\=HQD6DODPHK


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THE ART OF WAR

Jonathan Tee is an EAB student who is now enrolled in AP art. He is an amazing artist, whose drawings are eerily realistic. He is fond of the air force and military; this passion became his inspiration. When he showed his art work to our Media Class, we were shocked by the precision and excellence of his work. He is a dedicated artist, who shows extreme interest in the subject. His most recent work is the piece below. Because we are behind the plane and in the trajectory of the gunfire, we have the sense that we are part of the setting. The second drawing is so flawlessly detailed that the antagonists from the air forces even seem to be real people, and Jonathan not only drew, but also told a story by his art piece. The third picture shows different air forces from various countries. His fourth drawing is very detailed and he put not only effort into it, but time: he spent one month. The copious detail, which contrasts the architecture of the building in the background, and the subjects in movement, transmits true emotion. I had the honor to see many of his works and to know more about his personality by an exclusive interview. Q: When did you start drawing? A: When I was 3, and I slowly improved. Q: How did you discover your passion for art? A: I‘m a very visual person, so every time I saw something I enjoyed, I thought I should draw it.

Q: What inspires you to make your drawings? A: The military and fire planes, which are very inciting to look at, instead of normal cars or trucks. Q: What is your style in art? What do you enjoy drawing? A: My style is drawing in black and white, old fashioned. I enjoy drawing aircrafts, the military, air forces, fire planes and fighter jets. Q: Where did you learn how to improve your drawings? A: I took art classes in seventh grade and now I take AP classes with Mrs. Million here at EAB. Q: From where do you take your images? A: Some images I take from the internet and some settings for the drawings, but mainly are from my imagination--I take the ideas from my head. Q: What do you want to be when graduate? A: When I graduate I want to join the air force and become a fighter pilot. I even participate in a group in Facebook about the military and fighter jets. Q: What about being an artist? A: I have already thought of doing comic books, but in the future I don’t want to do anything related to art, I draw for leisure.


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A helpful guide for identifying different characters in a novel. Here, the visual representatives help to easily identify and differentiate between them - ideal when referring back to them.

Lets’s be honest - we’re all guilty of these silly doodles. Emotionally reassuring? Yes - but relevant to your education.... not so much.

The great thing about this is that you don’t have to be Da Vinci to be a pro doodler. Just make sure you don’t get carried away! For more inforation check out this site on the Do’s & Don’t’s of Doodlin’: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1882127,00.html


Julia Cardoso The poems aside were written in the English 12 class taught by Mr. Robertson. All by seniors: Leticia Carvalho wrote the black poem with a heart at the side, Henrique de Abreu e Silva wrote the green-forest poem, Gabriela Lima wrote the Âł3LUDWHV´ -XOLD =LOOHU ZURWH DERXW SLJV DQG ÂżQDOO\ 0DULD BuganĂŠ chose to write about terrorists, in blue. The technique of blackout poetry is commonly known as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;art of creative destructionâ&#x20AC;? by many who practice it. It is poetry made by hiding words in a text with a marker, leaving behind only a few chosen words in order to create the poem. According to Mr. Roberston, â&#x20AC;&#x153;[He] tweeted the author of Blackout Poetry, Austin Kleon, with a link to [the Media &ODVV@VLWHVEORJ+HWZHHWHGEDFNDQGVHHPHGĂ&#x20AC;DWWHUHGWKDW we used the idea for his book for our own inspiration. He is currently working on a book entitled Steal Like an Artist, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not surprised that we borrowed his idea for some of our own poetic schemes.â&#x20AC;?After all, according to Pable Picasse, ÂłLPLWDWLRQLVWKHJUHDWHVWIRUPRIĂ&#x20AC;DWWHU\´ Back to our senior poems, Henriqueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work is named â&#x20AC;&#x153;Forestâ&#x20AC;? and it talks about the relationship between books and students â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a great connection for us scholars who just came back from holidays. On the other hand, Leticia chose to discuss love and its effect on men. Gabriela Lima talked about pirates and their sovereignty and conquest of the seas. Julia had a funny poem about a pig, and Maria BuganĂŠ chose a redundant but ironic poem about terrorism. All authors were very creative in evidencing their themes. While Henrique decorated his poem in green and in the symmetry of a tree, Leticia decided to hide the unnecessary words in black â&#x20AC;&#x201C; expressing the melancholy of the poem â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and deVLJQHGDKHDUWVKDSHLQUHGDWWKHVLGHRIWKHSRHPFRQÂżJXUDtion. Maria BuganĂŠ drew a gloomy face and highlighted her poem in blue. Gabriela and Julia chose a more simplistic format, simply hiding the words with a black pen. Nevertheless, all had very clear and somewhat humorous messages. :D\WRJRJX\V:KHQ\RXZRUNZLWKFUHDWLYLW\WDVNVEHcome much more engaging.


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Media Class 2011 Julia Cardoso Tess Dzurny Carolina Ferreria Netsai Kizito Leticia Lopez Lucus Lundell Zena Salameh Julia Ziller

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