the part that left me feeling somewhat odd was the chicago community activism section. activists latch themselves...morethis was well written. i got into it.
the part that left me feeling somewhat odd was the chicago community activism section. activists latch themselves onto complete strangers' problems with the desire to help them. this feels unnatural and suspect. being a community organizer the way he described it was like he was making the black Chicagoans his puppets. but his agenda was to stimulate improvement. i did ask myself "is he into power and publicity, or is he sincere?" you could tell he was eating it up when all these middle-aged black women would fawn over him. even though his activism was inorganic, i think his heart was in the right place. at least 50% of his heart anyway. so i guess the way i can understand/reconcile his early life in chicago was that it was a growing pains time.
i am excited about a politician who writes a somewhat non-political book. he makes himself seem squeaky clean, but i think writing a memoir would probably be too scary if you didn't save yourself a bit.
so read it, so you too can psycho-analyze our future prez.(less)
i had to write a paper about this book in the 11th grade. i remember sitting on the living room couch reading when all of a sudden i freaked out. i wa...morei had to write a paper about this book in the 11th grade. i remember sitting on the living room couch reading when all of a sudden i freaked out. i was frantic to write down an idea i had had so i grabbed a receipt off the coffee table and started scribbling. in teeny tiny writing i jammed page numbers and quotations and jumbled thoughts onto that receipt. i went on to write a paper whose thesis could probably be summed up as "Invisible Man is so amazing." :P and then like a big nerd i saved the receipt in my copy of the book, my very own reading relic. whenever i come across that receipt paper i always get nostalgic about my innocent fervor :P
and how can you beat "I yam what I am"? seriously.(less)