(a) draws on the course text and supplementary readings

Through our animal ears, it is very exciting to hear these words and to wish fervently that all of them and many more like them could be uttered anywhere, anytime, for any reason because that is obviously what the framers of the United States Constitution had in mind. However, neither addicted people nor liberals in general seem to understand that there are very good reasons for marginalizing emotionally-charged words. They are offensive, just as racial epithets are. Besides, if dirty words are used in common discourse, they will lose their gritty feel and their value as nonviolent ventilation of anger, frustration, or other passionate emotions. I first became aware of wet or Beastly humor while working in a residential center, listening to the residents’ evening conversations. I found that loud laughter was always about drunken behavior, antisocial ideas, sexual aggression and other violence. On one occasion, hearing a group laugh uproariously about an injury car crash, I just asked, “Is this funny?” A hush ensued, and one said, “No, I guess that was my Beast laughing at something really gross.”

An experience largely forgotten by most productions of the show today.

- Human Smuggling research papers discuss the issue of importation of individuals into a country via the deliberate evasion of that country’s immigration laws.


(b) includes relevant learning from the instructor notes

Darphne Merkin wrote in  in 2005 at the time of Sandra Dee’s death:

Jack, yes AA is a mess. That much is true. Unfortunately people are forced into AA by ignorance, by a generalized mis-characterization of the Fellowship, and without regard to their qualifications to become members.


But if I don’t hear it anymore,

Just after these kids graduated, in 1960, was released, starring Jack Nicholson as the kind of cocky, smartass rebel that the Burger Palace Boys in wish they could be. But 1960 also brought us that moment toward which everything had been leading and from which everything would flow. Dick Clark saw some kids doing a sexually suggestive dance called The Twist in his studio, inspired by a year-old record. Clark called the record label and asked for a new recording of "The Twist." It caught on like wildfire and convinced the adult population of America that the world was coming to an end. Sex was no longer subtle or implied. Sex had broken free of the bedroom and the 1960s were coming. These kids in are on the cusp of that moment, just as they are on the cusp of adulthood.

Sends a thrill right through me,

- Suicide in the Military research papers go into the harsh elements that soldiers are faced with since 2001, and how it affects their mental stability.

‘Cause those chords remind me of

- The Centers for Disease Control has shown that, in 1997, suicide took the lives of approximately 30,535 Americans making it the eighth leading cause of death for all Americans and the second leading cause of death for Americans aged 25-34.

The night that I first feel in love

In fellowships of addicted people, i.e., recovery groups, members form new, primary relationships to replace family bonds. Relationships among drug-users, including those “in recovery,” are dark relationships, eclipsed by the primitive drives normally suppressed by family values. These dark relationships bring a sense of closeness and emotional attachment which mimicks family bonds destroyed by addiction, plus a deep sense that their original families are by nature unreasonable, insensitive, unfair, and irrelevant, and the nuclear family is, in itself, a diseased entity responsible for transmitting the sacred disease of addiction through defective genes and “dysfunctionality.”