More Dr. Seuss Books Coming Your Way

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Growing up, I always loved to read and write. I knew at a young age that I would strive to work in the English field. And here I am…still striving. As an English Writing Arts major at Plattsburgh State I find that I am always asked the same question: what made you want to be a writer?

I have noticed that for some of my peers this is a difficult one for them to answer. However, I know exactly what made me want to write: reading books by Theodor Suess Geisel. You know, Dr. Seuss! I thank my father for my love of Dr. Seuss. He began reading Dr. Seuss’s books to me at just two years old. To this day, he can recite any Dr. Seuss book out there.

I was an avid reader as a child but I never knew language could be played with in such a way. Dr. Seuss created his own words and the most fascinating rhymes. I found myself enticed by his style and I wanted nothing more than to write a book like one of his in the future.

As I was browsing the internet not too long ago, I read a few articles about new books that would be released by Dr. Seuss this year. As you all can imagine, I was ecstatic. I called my father right away and told him there would be new books for him to memorize.

It turns out, some manuscripts by Dr. Seuss were found back in 2013. Random House announced that it will be publishing four new Dr. Seuss books. The first of these four will be released on July 28, 2015. It will be called What Pet Should I Get? It also happens to tie in with another one of Dr. Seuss’s books we cannot forget, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, featuring the same brother and sister!

So, what do you all think? Are you excited to see what these new Dr. Seuss books will bring? Or, maybe Dr. Seuss was never really your thing at all. I know that I will be first on line at my local bookstore! I may not want to specifically write children’s books anymore but I still believe I owe it to Dr. Seuss for sparking my imagination. I will continue to support him.

-Nicolette Marshall

Nicolette Marshall is a senior and the Poetry editor for ZPlatt. She hopes to one day be able to recite every single Dr. Seuss book just like her father one day.

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Art and the Academy Awards

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While watching the Academy Awards it’s easy to get wrapped up solely in the entertainment of the night. Who is wearing what? Who is talking to whom? He’s looking old. Her dress is unflattering, so on and so forth. It’s not a bad thing to look at art as a means of entertainment. Art (in this case we are talking about art in the form of acting, directing, scoring, essentially the art of film) is without a doubt entertaining, but that just begins to explain what art truly is, and what art does for us.

In general we respect those with the talent to intrigue us, to make us feel something just by watching or listening. Art is expression. We have all heard that a thousand times before, but it’s the truth. Art provides a platform from which to express something, to say something that (we feel) needs to be said.

For most of us, the Oscars are a night of entertainment. Filled with winning, losing, and the typical hear-it-every-year acceptance speeches. However, many of this year’s speeches broke out of that routine. They used this platform as a means to express directly, to confront the problems we see around us everyday. With these speeches “art” took a leap forward. It crossed boundaries.

Whether you look at Patricia Arquette’s speech on wage equality for women, John Legend’s speech on the continued struggle for civil rights, Alexandro G. Iñárritu’s focus on immigration, and even J.K. Simmons’ talk about family and parents, you can see firsthand how art has stirred the emotions of not only the Dolby theater, but of millions of viewers worldwide.

Art is powerful. And it especially holds power in today’s society, where young adults follow news reports on entertainment to a larger extent than news on politics. So when those people, those entertainers, use their art to advocate for much-needed social change, then art is making a difference. It is doing what it is meant to do. I also don’t mean to limit art in this case; any art form can have an impact. Literary art, visual art, music, dance, film, it all matters.

Yes, art is expression. And that expression can lead to progress, but this is just my view. This is my more than entertainment insight on the Academy Awards. What matters though, is what that art means to you, how it strikes a chord in you, how it makes a difference.

-Matthew Young

New York State Summer Writers Institute

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Want to get into writing over the summer?  SUNY Albany is holding its 29th annual summer writing program from June 29th to July 24th.  If you enjoy writing fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, this is a great opportunity for you!  The workshops will be held at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.  There is no deadline for non-scholarship applications; however, if you would like to apply for a scholarship, faculty nominations must be sent before February 25th and the applications must be submitted by March 16th.  If you are interested in learning more, check out the website: http://www.skidmore.edu/summerwriters/index.php