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This classic thematic anthology, long hailed for its exceptionally rich collection of essays, memoirs, stories, poems, and plays, offers a wide array of diverse authors, fascinating topics, and academic disciplines including art, cultural studies, education, psychology, philosophy, politics, science, technology, and environmental studies. Readings range from the classical-Plato's Crito-to the contemporary-Tony Kushner, Adam Gopnick, and Edwige Danticat. Brief, flexible apparatus includes an introduction to each theme and helpful headnotes, discussion questions, and writing assignments for each selection. A truly distinguishing feature of The Conscious Reader is its cutting-edge collection of classic and contemporary fine art and photographs, selected by visual artist Christian Matuschek, and accompanied by writing prompts designed to provoke discussion and analysis. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Rhetorical Contentsp. xv
Prefacep. xix
Art and Composition
I Once Was Lostp. 11
Self-portrait, Nov. 6, 2003p. 12
Self-portrait in Furcoatp. 13
The Great Helmsmanp. 14
Rockefeller Centerp. 15
Orchestrating the Dramap. 16
Autopsy with Brainp. 16
Lara Croft, Tomb Raiderp. 17
Judith and Her Maidservantp. 17
The Mystery Play, 1994p. 18
The Search for Self
Prater Violetp. 22
Influencesp. 28
Personal Reminiscences
So This Was Adolescencep. 36
Anarchy in the Tenth Gradep. 39
On Being a Cripplep. 43
Borges and Ip. 54
Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Selfp. 55
How It Feels to Be Colored Mep. 63
Indian Campp. 68
Hipsp. 72
Get Lostp. 75
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrockp. 82
The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flowerp. 87
In Mindp. 89
Her Kindp. 90
The Mind Is an Enchanting Thingp. 92
The Wakingp. 94
The God Who Loves Youp. 96
Personal Relationships: Parents and Children
Die Grosse Liebep. 100
All of Heaven for Lovep. 112
Personal Reminiscences
The Way We Arep. 116
Casa: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhoodp. 121
Sura 12. Josephp. 126
Somebody's Babyp. 133
Selection from Breath, Eyes, Memoryp. 139
The Trouble with Mrs. Blynn, the Trouble with the Worldp. 145
The Use of Forcep. 152
A Wedge of Shadep. 157
Instrument of Destructionp. 166
It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)p. 172
To My Fatherp. 176
My father moved through dooms of lovep. 177
Daddyp. 180
My Papa's Waltzp. 183
A Prayer for My Daughterp. 184
"Life for my child is simple, and is good"p. 187
Personal Relatinships: Men and Women
Arms and the Manp. 190
What Are Men Good For?p. 205
Personal Reminiscences
If Love Were Allp. 215
A Vindication of the Rights of Womanp. 223
Give Her a Patternp. 226
The Angel in the Housep. 230
Fiction: Happy Endingsp. 235
A Respectable Womanp. 241
The Sojournerp. 245
When in Disgrace with Fortune and Men's Eyes (Sonnet 29)p. 254
Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds (Sonnet 116)p. 255
The Clod and the Pebblep. 256
The Garden of Lovep. 256
Lay Your Sleeping Head, My Lovep. 257
Beauty and the Beastp. 259
Womenp. 260
Marriagep. 262
The Marriagep. 265
I like my body when it is with yourp. 267
After Drinking All Night with a Friend, We Go Out in a Boat at Dawn to See Who Can Write the Best Poemp. 268
The Cultural Tradition: Popular Culture
Wonder Womanp. 272
Fantasy's Power and Perilp. 281
Personal Reminiscences
Black Music in Our Handsp. 286
The Women's Openp. 290
Great Moviesp. 296
The Internetp. 299
You've Got Blogp. 311
Fast Food Nationp. 317
Germaine Greer's "Cruelty TV"p. 327
Talk Radio, Persuasion, and American Political Behaviorp. 330
I'm Like a Birdp. 337
The Protean N-Wordp. 339
A Poem for Ella Fitzgeraldp. 350
The Cultural Tradition: Art, the Artist, and Society
Two Worlds: Nobel Lecture 2001p. 356
On Writingp. 367
On Becoming a Writerp. 371
Where Does Writing Come From?p. 378
The Nature of the Problemp. 384
Art for Art's Sakep. 388
Ultimate Discoursep. 394
Playing Upon the Strings of Emptinessp. 397
How We Listen to Musicp. 403
The Age of Modernismp. 409
Who Needs Classical Music?p. 414
Intervention #1: Musical Openingsp. 417
Pornographyp. 428
Uses of Photographyp. 434
The Sculptor's Funeralp. 443
Poetryp. 455
Persimmonsp. 457
Ocean Is a Word in this Poemp. 460
Poets to Comep. 461
Science, the Environment, and the Future
Why I Went to the Woodsp. 464
A Letter to Thoreaup. 470
Personal Reminiscences
Can Science Be Ethical?p. 481
Great Plains of the Arcticp. 491
A Clone Is Bornp. 501
Free Willp. 516
Creationism Isn't Sciencep. 526
Seeing Through Computersp. 534
The Individual in the New Agep. 545
Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curiep. 550
The New Girls Network: Women, Technology, and Feminismp. 553
When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomerp. 566
Letter to the Deadp. 567
Freedom and Human Dignity
I Have a Dreamp. 572
Martin Luther Kingp. 576
Personal Reminiscences
Growing Up Gayp. 578
On Being Crazyp. 582
The Ethics of Living Jim Crowp. 584
The Declaration of Independencep. 595
The Declaration of the Rights of Manp. 599
Seneca Falls Conventionp. 602
The Gettysburg Addressp. 607
Nobel Prize Award Speechp. 609
The Principles of Newspeakp. 611
The Womenp. 622
His Message of Surrenderp. 627
Speech on the Signing of the Treaty of Port Elliottp. 628
The Critop. 632
A Moral Choicep. 645
The Dramaturgy of Deathp. 653
Dry Septemberp. 666
Tom, Dying of AIDSp. 677
Dover Beachp. 678
About Face (A Poem Called "Dover Beach")p. 680
The Dover Bitchp. 682
Globalism, Nationalism, and Cultural Identity
The City and the Pillarsp. 686
Legacy of the Prophetp. 692
The America I Lovep. 695
Personal Reminiscences
Hispanicp. 699
Leading Beyond the Nation-Statep. 711
Regarding the Pain of Othersp. 716
War on Trialp. 720
The Discovery of What It Means to Be an Americanp. 730
On Being Black and Middle Classp. 735
Loneliness...and American Maladyp. 745
Of Cruelty and Clemency, and Whether It Is Better to Be Loved or Fearedp. 748
Love Can Be Kept Only by Being Given Awayp. 751
Dulce et Decorum Estp. 757
The Unknown Citizenp. 758
Prisoners from the Frontp. 760
Night Subwayp. 762
Homebody/Kabulp. 764
The History of Latin Americap. 789
L'Histoire Chinoisep. 795
The Examined Life: Education
A Homemade Educationp. 800
The Betp. 807
Personal Reminiscences
A Last Look Aroundp. 814
Three Days to Seep. 823
The Child's Need for Magicp. 832
The Great Imagination Heistp. 840
Science Fiction: Imaginary Worlds and Real-Life Questionsp. 842
What We Did and Why We Did Itp. 847
Bad Behaviorp. 857
Why Read the Classics?p. 860
The Death of the Authorp. 865
Humanities and Sciencep. 870
The Merits of Meritocracyp. 878
Teaching Students to Swim in the Online Seap. 881
Learning to See the Miraculousp. 884
Waverly Jong: Rules of the Gamep. 890
Theme for English Bp. 900
Hear It Againp. 902
Glossaryp. 905
Creditsp. 913
Author/Artist and Title Indexp. 923
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