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Because of YouTube’s 10 minute rule, I have had to be creative in where I end videos over 10 minutes. I want the ending to make sense, but also leave the viewer wanting to hear the next part. I think the best cutting I did was with Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wall Paper”. It is a short story written as a journal of a woman slowly slipping into madness. I ended up cutting each scene at the end of a journal entry.

Kinda cool, huh? I group entries where convenient, but I think the 5 videos break up her descent well.

With longer pieces with less obvious breaks, I just try to make them logical and interesting.

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Yes, it is “Wall [space or hyphen] Paper”. I assume that when it was written (1891) wallpaper was not so common a word that its usage was fixed.

Here is a link to the playlist.

And here are the 5 parts! You will notice, consulting the text, that I have split the videos into groupings of diary entries. Cool, huh?

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

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See previous post for how I’ve been picking these (with tons and tons of help from the p4 participants!).

Currently assigned:

If I were a Man” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

(The wikipedia page for Charlotte Perkins Gilman is quite good.)

The Happy Prince” by Oscar Wilde

Birches” and “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T. S. Eliot

(Mostly assigned)

Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie

Currently unassigned:

Making a Change” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

How the Alphabet was Made” by Rudyard Kipling

Horray, we’re coalescing!

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Below are some of the texts I would like to record this semester.

Making a Change” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

If I were a Man” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The wikipedia page for Charlotte Perkins Gilman is quite good.

The Happy Prince” by Oscar Wilde

How the Alphabet was Made” by Rudyard Kipling

Birches” by Robert Frost
More than individual pieces, I have selected authors based on the following criteria: they are commonly assigned; they are short enough to be read aloud in 10-30 minutes; they sound good read aloud. We will not necessary record all of these, and may record other pieces by these authors.

Another important reason why I chose each of these stories is that I like them. Of these 6, all but “The Happy Prince” have been my favorites since I was a preteen. And when I read “The Happy Prince” last night, I nearly cried it was so sad and good (it was recommended by a good friend with good taste).

Think “The Giving Tree” but by Oscar Wilde.
I allow my own likes and dislikes to enter into the decision of which pieces to pick, not only because I believe I have good taste in children’s books, but also because I will probably spend around 10 hours working to record, edit, makes movies of and promote these works, and I will not do that well for pieces I do not feel passionately about.

Another important factor, thinking about this today, is that all of these pieces are childhood appropriate and still meaningful for adults. Like Bugs Bunny cartoons, there are stories for children to enjoy and jokes for the adults minding them to enjoy. Here’s a famous example of Bugs Bunny playing to two audiences. I know when I was little, I loved that Elmer Fudd had a funny accent, and that Bugs was dressed as a woman to avoid Elmer Fudd.

Now as a minor in Vocal Performance, I love the opera spoofing–so good!

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