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Blair Reader: Exploring Issues and Ideas / Edition 9

Blair Reader: Exploring Issues and Ideas / Edition 9

by Laurie G. Kirszner


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ISBN-13: 2900134110379
Publisher: Pearson
Publication date: 01/26/2016
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 560
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Topical Clusters x

Rhetorical Table of Contents xx

Preface xxviii

Introduction: Becoming A Critical Reader 1

Chapter 1 Family and Memory 12

Poetry: Linda Hogan, "Heritage" 15

Poetry: Robert Hayden, "Those Winter Sundays" 17

"My Grandmother's Dumpling" Amy Ma 18

"Once More to the Lake" E.B. White 24

"No Name Woman" Maxine Hong Kingston 29

"Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self" Alice Walker 40

"Sixty-Nine Cents" Gary Shteyngart 47

"The Storyteller" Sandra Cisneros 50

Chapter 2 Issues in Education 58

"The Sanctuary of School" Lynda Barry 61

"School Is Bad for Children" John Holt 64

"Graduation" Maya Angelou 69

"The Good Immigrant Student" Bich Minh Nguyen 79

"School's Out" Daniel H. Pink 87

"Should the Obama Generation Drop Out?" Charles Murray 99

"Is College Worth the Money?" Daniel S. Cheever, Jr. 102

"For More Balance on Campuses" Christina Hoff Sommers 104

Fiction: Edward P. Jones, "The First Day" 107

Focus: How Much Do a College's Facilities Really Matter? 111

"In Iowa, 2 Colleges Separated by 150 Miles and $1.37 Billion: Grinnell College" Goldie Blumenstyk 111

"In Iowa, 2 Colleges Separated by 150 Miles and $1.37 Billion: Clarke College" Sara Hebel 118

Photo Essay, from The Chronicle of Higher Education 124

Chapter 3 The Politics of Language 128

Poetry;"Baca Grande" Jim Sagel 131

"Aria" Richard Rodriguez 133

"Mother Tongue" Amy Tan 140

"Learning to Read and Write" Frederick Douglass 145

"Sexism in English: Embodiment and Language" Alleen Pace Nilsen 150

"The Loaded Language of Science" Joan M. Herbers 161

"The Human Cost of an Illiterate Society" Jonathan Kozol164

"Politics and the English Language" George Orwell 172

Focus: Is Texting Destroying the English Language? 184

"I h8 txt msgs: How Texting Is Wrecking Our Language" John Humphrys 185

"2b or not 2b?" David Crystal 188

"Thumbspeak: Is Texting Here to Stay?" Louis Menand 196

Chapter 4 Media and Society 204

"Television: The Plug-In Drug" Marie Winn 207

"Reality TV: A Dearth of Talent and the Death of Morality" Salman Rushdie 215

"The Revolution Will Be Televised" Michael Hirschorn 218

"Eminem Is Right" Mary Eberstadt 223

Editors of the Rocky Mountain News, "Goodbye, Colorado" 230

"News You Can Endow" David Swensen Michael Schmidt 231

"The Universe of Meaning" Stephen Roxburgh 234

Poetry: "Dear John Wayne" Louise Erdrich 236

Focus: Does Social Networking Connect Us or Keep Us Apart? 238

"The Fakebook Generation" Alice Mathias 239

"What Adolescents Miss When We Let Them Grow Up in Cyberspace" Brent Staples 241

"To Twitter or Not to Twitter?" Robert W. Lucky 244

"Does Social Networking Really Connect You to Humanity?" Dave Taylor 247

"Social Networking: Crossing Digital Divide Can Pay Dividends" Reid Goldsborough 250

Chapter 5 Gender and Identit 256

Poetry: "Barbie Doll" Marge Piercy 259

Poetry: "Rite of Passage" Sharon Olds 260

"Gardenland, Sacramento, California" Michael Nava 262

"The M/F Boxes" E. J. Graff 269

"Why I Want a Wife" Judy Brady 275

"Stay-at-Home Dads" Glenn Sacks 277

"Man Bashing: Trivial Pursuit or a Truth with Consequences?" Warren Farrell 280

"Without Apology: Girls, Women, and the Desire to Fight" Leah Hager Cohen 286

"Marked Women" Deborah Tannen 294

Focus: Who Has It Harder, Girls or Boys? 300

"What Is the Triple Bind?" Stephen Hinshaw 301

"The War Against Boys" Christina Hoff Sommers 309

"Men Are from Earth, and So Are Women: It's Faulty Research That Sets Them Apart" Rosalind C. Barnett Caryl Rivers 314

Chapter 6 The American Dream 324

Poetry: Emma Lazarus, "The New Colossus" 327

"What Sacagawea Means to Me (and Perhaps to You)" Sherman Alexie 328

"The Library Card" Richard Wright 330

"Becoming American" Dinesh D'Souza 339

"The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria" Judith Ortiz Cofer 346

"Coming into the Country" Gish Jen 351

"Just Walk On By" Brent Staples 354

"On Dumpster Diving" Lars Eighner 358

"Where Evil Dwells: Reflections on the Columbine School Massacre" James Howard Kunstler 369

Focus: What Is the American Dream? 374

The Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson 375

The Gettysburg Address Abraham Lincoln 378

Inaugural Address John F. Kennedy 380

"I Have a Dream" Martin Luther King, Jr. 383

"Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions" Elizabeth Cady Stanton 387

Chapter 7 Why We Work 394

"Why We Work" Andrew Curry 397

"One Last Time" Gary Soto 402

"Professions for Women" Virginia Woolf 410

"The Second Shift" Arlie Hochschild 415

"Behind the Counter" Eric Schlosser 421

"Selling in Minnesota" Barbara Ehrenreich 428

"Don't Blame Wal-Mart" Robert B. Reich 432

"Delusions of Grandeur" Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 435

Fiction: John Updike, "A & P" 438

Focus: Is Outsourcing Bad for America? 444

"Let Someone Else Do It: The Impulse Behind Everything" Cullen Murphy 445

"Missed Target: Is Outsourcing Really so Bad?" Clay Risen 448

"Fair Exchange: Who Benefits from Outsourcing?" Albino Barrera 454

Chapter 8 Saving the Planet 464

from "Through the Stories We Hear Who We Are" Leslie Marmon Silko 467

"The American Forests" John Muir 468

"Being Kind to the Land" Wendell Berry 470

"The Obligation to Endure" Rachel Carson 474

"Fateful Voice of a Generation Still Drowns Out Real Science" John Tierney 480

"The Conquest of Garbage" Heather Rogers 484

"Built to Last" Alan Weisman 490

Fiction: Steven Millhauser, "The Invasion from Outer Space" 495

Focus: How Can We Create a More Sustainable Environment? 499

"The Challenge to Environmentalism" Bill McKibben 500

"Green, Greener, Greenest" Kate Zernike 503

"Why Bother?" Michael Pollan 508

Chapter 9 Religion in America 518

"Salvation" Langston Hughes 521

"New Superstitions for Old" Margaret Mead 523

"Our Faith in Science" Tenzin Gyatso Dalai Lama XIV 527

"Among the Believers" Tayari Jones 530

"Kicking the Secularist Habit" David Brooks 533

"Turning Faith into Elevator Music" William J. Stuntz 537

"Muslim in America" Jeffery Sheler Michael Betzold 540

"Earthly Empires" William C. Symonds Brian Grow John Cady 544

"I Believe in an America Where the Separation of Church and State Is Absolute" John F. Kennedy 551

Fiction: Raymond Carver, "Cathedral" 555

Focus: Is There Intelligent Design in Nature? 568

"Finding Design in Nature" Christoph Schönborn 569

"Why Intelligent Design Isn't" H. Allen Orr 571

"Finding Darwin's God" Kenneth R. Miller 581

Chapter 10 Making Choices 596

Poetry: Robert Frost, "The Road Not Taken" 599

Poetry: Linda Pastan, "Ethics" 600

"Shooting an Elephant" George Orwell 601

"Letter from Birmingham Jail" Martin Luther King, Jr. 608

"Lifeboat Ethics: The Case Against 'Aid' That Harms" Garrett Hardin 623

"Dog Lab" Claire McCarthy 632

"The Perils of Obedience" Stanley Milgram 639

Commencement Speech David Foster Wallace 652

"And Then They Came for Me" Lasantha Wickrematunge 658

Fiction: Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" 665

Credits 673

Index of Authors and Titles 681

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