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Writer's Presence: A Pool of Readings / Edition 7

Writer's Presence: A Pool of Readings / Edition 7

by Donald McQuade
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    ISBN-13: 2900312672620
    Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
    Publication date: 12/28/2011
    Edition description: Seventh Edition
    Pages: 1040
    Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

    About the Author

    Donald McQuade is professor of English and former dean of undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He just finished a term serving as Vice Chancellor-University Relations. A past chair of CCCC, he has directed the writing program at Berkeley and at Queens College, CUNY, and has published widely on American literature, American culture, and composition theory and practice. With Bob Atwan, he is coauthor of The Writer’s Presence (2009).

    Robert Atwan is director of The Blue Hills Writing Institute at Curry College and the series editor of the annual Best American Essays, which he founded in 1985. His essays, reviews, and critical articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Iowa Review, Denver Quarterly, Kenyon Review, River Teeth, and many other publications. For Bedford/St. Martin’s, he has also edited Ten on Ten: Major Essayists on Recurring Themes (1992); Our Times (1998); and Convergences (2009). He has coedited (with Jon Roberts) Left, Right, and Center: Voices from Across the Political Spectrum (1996), and is coeditor with Donald McQuade of The Writer’s Presence (2009).


    Table of Contents

    Preface for Instructors
    Alternate Tables of Contents
    Selections Arranged by Theme
    Selections Arranged by Common Rhetorical Modes and Patterns of Development
    Introduction for Students: The Writer’s Presence

    ON WRITING: Practical Advice from Successful Writers

    Getting Started
    Dealing with Procrastination
    Generating Ideas
    Envisioning an Audience
    Working with Words
    On Reading

    Part I. Personal Writing: Exploring Our Own Lives
    What is Personal Writing?
    Strategies for Establishing Your Personal Presence
    Strategies for Turning Your Story into a Compelling Narrative
    Strategies for Writing Literary Prose
    Reading Personal Essays: A Checklist

    Maya Angelou, "What’s Your Name, Girl?" (classic)
    James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son (classic)
    The Writer at Work: James Baldwin on Black English
    Raymond Carver, My Father’s Life
    Judith Ortiz Cofer, Silent Dancing

    The Writer at Work: Judith Ortiz Cofer on Memory and Personal Essays
    Frederick Douglass, Learning to Read and Write

    Andre Dubus III, The Land of No: Love in a Class-riven America
    The Writer at Work: Andre Dubus III on the Risks of Memoir Writing
    Anne Fadiman, Under Water
    The Writer at Work: Anne Fadiman on the Art of Editing
    Henry Louis Gates Jr., In the Kitchen
    Michihiko Hachiya, From Hiroshima Diary
    *Silas Hansen, What Real Men Do
    Edward Hoagland, On Stuttering
    The Writer at Work: Edward Hoagland on What an Essay Is
    Langston Hughes, Salvation (classic)
    The Writer at Work: Langson Hughes on How to Be a Bad Writer (in Ten Easy Lessons)
    *Margo Jefferson, from Negroland
    Ha Jin, Arrival
    Jamaica Kincaid, The Estrangement
    Jamaica Kincaid, Girl (classic)
    The Writer at Work: Jamaica Kincaid on "Girl"
    Geeta Kothari, If You Are What You Eat, Then What Am I?
    Jhumpa Lahiri, My Two Lives
    *Laila Lalami, My Life as a Muslim in the West’s "Gray Zone"
    *Yiyun Li, To Speak Is to Blunder
    *Barry Lopez, Six Thousand Lessons
    Nancy Mairs, On Being a Cripple
    The Writer at Work: Nancy Mairs on Finding a Voice
    Dinaw Mengestu, Home at Last
    Manuel Muñoz, Leave Your Name at the Border
    [Student Essay] Milos Kosic, It’s Not the name That Matters
    George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant (classic)
    The Writer at Work: George Orwell on the Four Reasons for Writing
    *Claudia Rankine, excerpts from Citizen
    Marjane Satrapi, My Speech at West Point
    The Graphic Memoirist at Work: Marjane Satrapi on the Language of Words and Images
    David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day
    Patti Smith, Sticky Fingers
    Brent Staples, Just Walk on By (classic)
    The Writer at Work: Another Version of Just Walk on By
    *Alex Tizon, Small Man in a Big Country
    *Maria Venegas, The Devil’s Spine
    Alice Walker, Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self
    Jerald Walker, Scattered Inconveniences
    The Writer at Work: Jerald Walker on Telling a Good Story
    [Student Essay] Lauren Carter, "Isn’t Watermelon Delicious?"
    *Jillian Weise, Why I Own a Gun
    E. B. White, Once More to the Lake (classic)
    The Writer at Work: E.B. White on Essayist
    Elie Wiesel, Eight Simple, Short Words
    *Thomas Chatterton Williams, Black and Blue and Blond

    Part II. Expository Writing: Shaping Information?
    What Is Expository Writing?
    Strategies for Sharing Information
    Strategies for Analyzing Information
    Strategies for Interpreting Information
    Reading Expository Essays: A Checklist

    *Kwame Anthony Appiah, Race in the Modern World
    Michael Berube, Analyze, Don’t Summarize
    *Eula Biss, Sentimental Medicine
    Charles Bowden, Our Wall
    David Brooks, People Like Us
    *Ta-Nehisi Coates, from Between the World and Me
    The Writer at Work: Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Culture of Scholastic Achievement
    Amy Cunningham, Why Women Smile
    *Edwidge Danticat, Message to My Daughter
    Joan Didion, The Santa Ana (classic)
    The Writer at Work: Joan Didion on Why I Write
    Brian Doyle, Dawn and Mary; His Last Game; A Note on Mascots
    The Writer at Work: Brian Doyle on the Pleasures of Craft and Writing and Reading
    Lars Eighner, On Dumpster Diving (classic)
    The Writer at Work: Lars Eighner on the Challenges of Writing While Homeless
    *Megan Garber, Barbie’s Hips Don’t Lie
    Malcolm Gladwell, Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted
    *Amanda Hess, Multiple Choice
    *Walter Isaacson, The Great Connectors
    Pico Iyer, The Terminal Check
    [Student Essay] Meher Ahmed, My Homeland Security Journey
    *Hope Jahren, from Lab Girl
    *Leslie Jamison, Mark My Words. Maybe.
    *Jon Kerstetter, Triage
    Stephen King, Everything You Need to Know about Writing Successfully—in Ten Minutes
    *Naomi Klein, The Change Within
    *[Student Essay] Maddy Perello, Climate Change: A Serious Threat
    Alan Lightman, Our Place in the Universe
    Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address (classic)
    The Writer at Work: Abraham Lincoln's Hay Draft of the Gettysburg Address
    James McBride, Hip-Hop Planet
    Azar Nafisi, From Reading Lolita in Tehran
    Danielle Ofri, SAT
    Katha Pollitt, Why Boys Don’t Play with Dolls
    Eric Schlosser, Why McDonald’s Fries Taste So Good
    Rebecca Solnit, Men Explain Things to Me
    The Writer at Work: Rebecca Solnit on Writing "Men Explain Things to Me
    Virginia Woolf, The Death of the Moth (classic)
    The Writer at Work: Virginia Woolf on the Practice of Freewriting

    Part III. Argumentative Writing: Contending with Issues?
    What Is Argumentative Writing?
    Strategies for Presenting the Issue
    Strategies for Building a Claim
    Strategies for Making a Case
    Strategies for Coming to a Conclusion
    Reading Argumentative Essays: A Checklist

    *Amy Chua, Parents and Children
    John Taylor Gatto, Against School
    *Roxane Gay, The Careless Language of Sexual Violence
    Christopher Hitchens, Believe Me, It’s Torture
    Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence (classic)
    The Writer at Work: Another Draft of the Declaration of Independence
    *Greg Lukianoff/Jonathan Haidt, The Coddling of the American Mind
    Laura Kipnis, Against Love
    Bill McKibben, A Moral Atmosphere
    *John McWhorter, Thick of Tongue
    *Marisa Meltzer, The Last Feminist Taboo
    Walter Benn Michaels, The Trouble with Diversity
    Walter Mosley, Get Happy
    Camille Paglia, The Pitfalls of Plastic Surgery
    [Student Essay] Sabrina Verchot, A Response to Camille Paglia’s "The Pitfalls of Plastic Surgery"
    Steven Pinker, Violence Vanquished
    [Student Essay] Jacob Ewing, Steven Pinker and the Question of Violence
    Michael J. Sandel, What Isn’t for Sale?
    Barry Schwartz, The Tyranny of Choice
    Peter Singer, The Singer Solution to World Poverty
    Lauren Slater, The Trouble with Self-Esteem
    The Writer at Work: Lauren Slater on Writing Groups
    Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal (classic)
    *Simon Tam, Trademark Offense
    *Sherry Turkle, The Empathy Gap
    David Foster Wallace, Consider the Lobster
    The Writer at Work: Another Version of "Consider the Lobster"
    John Edgar Wideman, Fatheralong
    *Wendy Willis, Boxed In
    Howard Zinn, Stories Hollywood Never Tells

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