I remember how my friend, Harriet took my mother’s recipe literally. She loved my mum’s apong balik , a Peranakan pancake made out of santan (coconut milk), sugar and flour. The pancake batter was poured into a pan over a slow fire, When each pancake was almost cooked, it was topped with ripened bananas, folded over and ready to be eaten. It was absolutely delicious! Mum told her that to make the batter, she would need a kati of flour along with a few other ingredients. Harriet went home and followed the recipe faithfully but found to her dismay that the pancakes turned out hard and doughy. She reported the result to my mother.
"Dreams" is an extremely short poem written in free verse. It is two stanzas long, and the content dictates the form. Hughes instructs his readers to hold on tightly to their dreams because without them, life is a "broken-winged bird / That cannot fly." The hobbled and downtrodden bird is a physical symbol of the discrimination and struggles that African Americans faced during Hughes's time. Dreams, however, have no physical limitations. Dreams are important for maintaining faith as they provide comfort, solace, and hope in a brutal world.
“We had gone to New York and lined up Howard Da Silva, who was a big Broadway booming voice actor, to play Eugene Debs’ voice,” Barnett explains. “But that didn’t quite work out, so Bernie ended up doing the narration of Debs’ voice.” Bernie Sanders is from Brooklyn; Debs was not. The movie also suffered from the filmmaker’s reverence for his subject. Sanders, one reviewer opined, seemed “determined to administer Debs to the viewer as if it were an unpleasant, but necessary, medicine.”