For Monday 2/25: Read pages 1-54 in Ernesto Quiñonez’s Bodega Dreams and watch the first 30 minutes of The Salsa Revolution, which is streaming online on PBS. We’ll talk a little about the role of music as an urban cultural form and how Quiñonez uses it to help shape the narrative of the book. Also think about what the PBS documentary says about how Salsa music is a unique product of New York City.
For Wednesday 2/27: Read pages 55-96 in Bodega Dreams.
A few things to pay attention to in the book are 1) the role of culture and what it means, 2) Quiñonez’s relationship as a writer to Pietri and Piñero (there are numerous references to both and their poetry throughout the book), 3) the “American Dream” and what it means to the characters in the book, 4) how different generations of immigrants/migrants relate to the city and city life, 5) race and gender relations. This isn’t a complete list, but these are a few key things that jump out at me. Begin to look for connections/ similarities / differences in things we’ve read (and other things you’ve read/ watched /studied in other classes, etc).