• March 22, 2017 - mh9868a

    Commonplace 8: Live, Freeze, Then Die!

    Two weeks ago I was super excited to go on spring break. I wanted to go out with my friends in beautiful weather. I thought, perhaps we can go for a hike in the mountains or spend a morning at the beach. We could go to every ice cream stand we can think of and […]

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  • March 21, 2017 - mh9868a

    RA 3: The Apolitical Nature of Suburbs

    In his book City of Rhetoric, David Fleming uses the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg to argue that suburbs are apolitical because they avoid the typical politics of a city or neighborhood. Ultimately this argument is important because it explains the different, more privatized, structure of suburbs compared to the highly political structure of cities. Furthermore, […]

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  • When most people walk or drive down a street, they are only focused on their destination. We want to go from one location to another as efficiently as possible. We are busy and only want to move from one task to the next. With that being said, many people go from place to place without […]

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  • In his story “Worstward Ho,” Nobel prize winning writer Samuel Beckett once wrote, “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” The idea of failing better is interesting because as a successful writer, one would not consider the fact that Beckett failed at some point in his life or career. However, […]

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  • March 1, 2017 - mh9868a

    Commonplace 6: Somewhere in America

    “Somewhere in America there is a child sitting at his mother’s computer reading the homepage of the KKK’s website that’s open to the public but that child will have never read To Kill a Mockingbird because the school has banned it for its use of the ‘N’ word. Maya Angelou is prohibited because we are […]

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  • February 23, 2017 - mh9868a

    Commonplace 5: New England Rhetoric

    All semester we have been discussing the rhetoric of cities and buildings. I have researched about Dupont Circle to discover the norms of the area. This research really had me thinking about the rhetoric back home in New Hampshire. The more I learn about DC, the more I realize how unique a lot of things […]

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  • February 20, 2017 - mh9868a

    Annotated Bibliography 1 & 2

    Hansen, Stephen. “Discussion History Dupont Circle.” c-span.org. 13 Jan. 2015, https://www.c-span.org/video/?323763-1/discussion-history-dupont-circle. In a presentation of his book A History of Dupont Circle: Center of High Society in the Capital, Stephen Hansen argues that late nineteenth century society shaped Dupont Circle into the neighborhood it is today. In other words, Hansen details the nineteenth century socialites’ […]

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  • The BGR carries on the long history of upscale living in Dupont Circle. According to David Walsh of the History News Network, the history of Dupont circle starts in 1916 when high up government officials lived in the Dupont Circle area because it was close to the State Navy and War Building and the White […]

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  • The restaurant is split in half. On the smaller side is the line where you wait to order. The width of the space is tight and narrow so there is only enough room for two people to stand next to each other. The Burger Joint was not busy when I was there but, when they […]

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  • Dupont Circle is a vibrant community in Northwest DC. It is lined with beautiful brick homes and mansions. There are endless shopping and dining options for everyone who visits. Families, friends, and couples walk the streets with shopping bags and donuts from the local Krispy Kreme. Many couples, gay and straight, ate in fancy window […]

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