The Elements of Flanders in an Anonymous Triptych at LACMA

The Elements of Flanders in the Madonna and Child with Angels; Donor and His Patron Saint Peter Martyr; and Saint Jerome and his Lion Triptych by the Master of the St. Lucy Legend
Written for ART HIS 57 at UCLA with Professor Charlene Villaseñor Black on January 27, 2010.
993 words

This was the first formal analysis I wrote at UCLA. I believe I got an A- from my teaching assistant, Lisa Boutin, who was sweet, patient, and was knowledgeable about the topic. Professor Black made the course material come to life and was instrumental in confirming my personal passion for art history. This was my first art history course, even though I had already declared my major as art history when I applied to UCLA, so it was reassuring and exciting for me to realize that I did make the right decision.

A picture of the work can be found here.

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Magnificent Marbles

These delicious cookies were adapted from my friend’s Mrs. Field’s Best Ever Cookie Book. She had recommended them highly to me and insisted that I follow the recipe exactly as printed. The problem was that the recipe called for 1/2 cup of sour cream. And I didn’t have any.

So here’s how to make the cookies without pesky sour cream.

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Blueberry Muffins with Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Crumble

Yummy and moist!I barely modified a recipe called “To Die For Bluberry Muffins” from Allrecipes.com. I replaced the white sugar in the crumble with cinnamon and brown sugar.

The muffin is moist, with crunchiness and texture in the right places. Fresh blueberries is a must for this; otherwise, the gushing blueberry nebulas will be sorely absent.

A Brief History of Monterey Park, California

Monterey Park Wasn’t Always an Ethnic Community?
Written for GE CLST 66A: Los Angeles, The Cluster at UCLA with Professor Jan Reiff on December 3, 2008.
2,727 words

Incredibly difficult assignment. The result is quite a bloated paper. Hopefully a bit more in-depth than the Wikipedia article on the interesting and vibrant community located in Los Angeles.

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Jean Cocteau’s Orphée and Jacques Clouzot’s Le Salaire de la Peur

Merely Women in Jean Cocteau’s Orphée and Jacques Clouzot’s Le Salaire de la Peur
Written for FRNCH 41 at UCLA with Professor Eric Gans on November 25, 2008
1,530 words

I remember really hating Orphée and really liking Le Salaire de la Peur. The primary actor in the latter film, Yves Montand, is quite attractive, so I think that helped. And perhaps I just like swashbuckling and adventurous films more. I found Orphée to be a little cheesy, pretentious, and gimmicky.

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Jean Renoir’s La Chienne

Human Vice and Relationships in Jean Renoir’s La Chienne
Written for FRNCH 41 at UCLA with Professor Eric Gans on October 24, 2008
1,677 words

FRNCH 41 was one of the first classes I ever took at UCLA. I remember enjoying the class immensely, though admittedly falling asleep during some of the movies. La Chienne was an interesting film and I felt the most comfortable choosing it as the subject of one of my first undergraduate assignments. My teaching assistant was a patient, soft-spoken graduate student named Denis Pra. He was definitely a kind, congenial, and  well-intentioned teaching assistant. I got an A on this assignment, but it is not without its mistakes and moments of awkardness.

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