Thursday, April 24, 2008
in the contact zone
In class, we have been discussing "contact zones," which writer Mary Louise Pratt defines as "social spaces where different cultures meet, clash, and grapple with one another." Here, Dylan, our perpetual peace-maker and product of a "mixed" family, emerges from the contact zone as one very confused child.
"It's all good," he says with genial defiance. "I like the Red Sox and the 'Ankees'."
In his innocent attempts at neutrality, he struggles to understand the groans and grimaces that always follow this statement.
A budding Mets fan, to be sure!