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Conversations : Readings for Writing

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ISBN13:

9780205296422

ISBN10:
0205296424
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
9/1/1999
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall

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Summary

More than 160 readings in Conversations, Fourth Edition, present an extraordinary variety of authors, genres, voices, and viewpoints on important contemporary civic issues. The diversity of opinions expressed and the currentness of issues explored encourage students to join the conversation through their own writing. For each issue addressed, Conversations offers not just one or two selections, but several. Frequently, selections comment on other selections, demonstrating that writing is a social exchange, and that much writing is a response to other writing.

Table of Contents

Rhetorical Contents xxxiii
Preface xlv
Introduction 1(17)
I. EDUCATION
Introduction
18(3)
What to Do about the Schools?
21(60)
Education (essay)
21(3)
E. B. White
A Liberal Argument for School Choice (essay)
24(7)
Bruce Goldberg
What School Choice Really Means (essay)
31(17)
David L. Kirp
Another Kind of School Choice (student essay)
48(5)
Susan Tarves
A Tale of Two Schools: How Poor Children Are Lost to the World (essay)
53(3)
Jonathan Kozol
Horace's Compromise (essay)
56(7)
Theodore Sizer
A Nation at Risk (report)
63(13)
David P. Gardner Et Al.
What Is a Horse? (fiction)
76(3)
Charles Dickens
What They Learn in School (prose poem)
79(2)
Jerome Stern
What's College For?
81(39)
Everyday Use (fiction)
81(8)
Alice Walker
Pedagogy and Political Commitment: A Comment (essay)
89(7)
Bell Hooks
Claiming an Education (essay)
96(5)
Adrienne Rich
Doonesbury (cartoon)
101(1)
Garry B. Trudeau
Ads for Hofstra University and Yeshiva University (advertisements)
102(2)
The Examination (poem)
104(2)
W. D. Snodgrass
The Case for a Traditional Liberal Arts Education (essay)
106(14)
John Searle
Literacy Narratives: How Did You Become Literate?
120(42)
From The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (memoir)
120(4)
Benjamin Franklin
From The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (slave narrative)
124(6)
Frederick Douglass
My English (memoir)
130(6)
Julia Alvarez
Grandma (student memoir)
136(4)
Clint Swinson
From Silence to Words: Writing as Struggle (memoir)
140(15)
Min-Zhan Lu
An Internal Divide (student essay)
155(5)
Chi-Fan Jennifer Ku
II. LANGUAGE
Introduction
160(2)
Should We Have a National Language?
162(32)
Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood (essay)
162(12)
Richard Rodriguez
Whose Voice Is It Anyway? Rodriguez' Speech in Retrospect (essay)
174(9)
Victor Villanueva, Jr.
The English Education for Children Initiative (law)
183(5)
Ron Unz
Gloria Matta Tuchman
The American Civil Liberties Union, Briefing Paper on ``English Only'' (Frequently Asked Questions Web page)
188(6)
Should There Be---Or Can There Be---A ``Standard'' English?
194(53)
From Outside, In (essay)
194(11)
Barbara Mellix
What's Wrong with Black English (student essay)
205(3)
Rachel L. Jones
White English in Blackface, or Who Do I Be? (essay)
208(11)
Geneva Smitherman
Why Good English Is Good for You (essay)
219(11)
John Simon
On Ebonics: A Discussion of Black English (Internet exchange)
230(9)
Teaching New Worlds/New Words (essay)
239(7)
Bell Hooks
The Far Side (cartoon)
246(1)
Gary Larson
Is English Sexist?
247(23)
Bitch (essay)
247(10)
Beverly Gross
Women Will Be Womyn (essay)
257(2)
Lewis Grizzard
``You'll Just Love the Way He Handles'' (cartoon)
259(1)
CrossTalk (essay)
260(6)
Deborah Tannen
III. RACE AND GENDER
Introduction
266(4)
Defining Race
270(50)
Three Is Not Enough (essay)
270(6)
Sharon Begley
Passing (essay)
276(7)
Karla Brundage
``The History of Red'' and ``Heritage'' (poems)
283(4)
Linda Hogan
``But You Don't Look Chinese!'' (student essay)
287(6)
Demian Hess
Race and Mixed Race (essay)
293(13)
Ranier Spencer
White Looks: Hairy Apes, True Stories, and Limbaugh's Laughs (essay)
306(14)
David Roediger
Defining Gender
320(43)
Letters
320(3)
John Adams
Abigail Adams
Ain't I a Woman? (speech)
323(1)
Sojourner Truth
Trifles (play)
324(13)
Susan Glaspell
Belly Dancer (poem)
337(1)
Diane Wakoski
Girl (description)
338(2)
Jamaica Kincaid
Why I Want a Wife (essay)
340(2)
Judy Syfers Brady
Why I Want a Husband (student essay)
342(2)
Kurt Fernsler
A Time for Men to Pull Together (essay)
344(11)
Andrew Kimbrell
Limberlost (fiction)
355(8)
Ursula K. Le Guin
Affirmative Action
363(44)
A Negative Vote on Affirmative Action (essay)
363(8)
Shelby Steele
Racism Has Its Privileges: The Case for Affirmative Action (essay)
371(11)
Roger Wilkens
My Life as a ``Twofer'' (essay)
382(2)
Migdia Chinea-Varela
Class, Not Race (essay)
384(11)
Richard Kahlenberg
Race, Class, and the State (essay)
395(4)
Ellen Willis
Harrison Bergeron (fiction)
399(7)
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Cut the Gordian Knot (cartoon)
406(1)
Tom Toles
Sexual Harassment
407(18)
An All Too Common Story (essay)
407(3)
Kati Marton
Sexual Harassment---From a Man's Perspective (essay)
410(4)
Frederic Hayward
Today's Woman: Victim or Opportunist? (essay)
414(3)
Phyllis Doloff
Responses to Phyllis Doloff (letters to the editor)
417(5)
IV. FAMILY MATTERS
Introduction
422(3)
Can the Family Be Saved?
425(51)
The Society That Pretends to Love Children (essay)
425(11)
Roger Rosenblatt
Honor Thy Children (essay)
436(9)
Joseph Shapiro
Joanne Schrof
Bringing Democracy Home (report)
445(7)
Shere Hite
How Ignoring Historical and Societal Change Can Put Kids at Risk (essay)
452(24)
Stephanie Coontz
Is Single Parenthood a Problem?
476(58)
Dan Quayle Was Right (essay)
476(31)
Barbara Dafoe Whitehead
Why I'm Not ``Pro-Family'' (essay)
507(6)
Ellen Willis
Making Single Motherhood Normal (essay)
513(9)
Iris Marion Young
Single Motherhood: A Response to Iris Young (essay)
522(4)
Jean Bethke Elshtain
Rights and Responsibilities: A Response to Iris Young (essay)
526(3)
Margaret O'Brien Steinfels
Response to Elshtain and Steinfels
529(5)
Iris Marion Young
Should Same-Sex Couples Be Permitted to Marry?
534(36)
Why We Should Fight for the Freedom to Marry (essay)
534(12)
Evan Wolfson
Tying the Knot or the Hangman's Noose: The Case against Same-Sex Marriage (essay)
546(8)
Victoria Brownworth
Evan's Two Moms (essay)
554(2)
Anna Quindlen
Is Marriage the Answer? (essay)
556(10)
Barbara Findlen
V. CIVIL LIBERTIES AND CIVIL RIGHTS
Introduction
566(4)
Censorship I: Pornography
570(34)
President's Commission on Obscenity and Pornography, Majority Report (report)
570(5)
President's Commission on Obscenity and Pornography, Minority Report (report)
575(3)
Let's Put Pornography Back in the Closet (essay)
578(3)
Susan Brownmiller
Pornography and the New Puritans (essay)
581(9)
John Irving
Reply to John Irving (letter to the editor)
590(4)
Andrea Dworkin
The Perils of Pornophobia (essay)
594(6)
Nadine Strossen
Is It Pornography? (student essay)
600(4)
Maria Soto
Censorship II: Should Electronic Networks Be Restricted?
604(38)
Cyberporn (essay)
604(9)
Philip Elmer-Dewitt
The Aftermath of ``Cyberporn'': Responses on the Internet (Internet Exchange)
613(29)
On Civil Disobedience
642(58)
Civil Disobedience (essay)
642(16)
Henry David Thoreau
Letter to Lord Irwin (letter)
658(5)
Mahatma Gandhi
Love, Law, and Civil Disobedience (speech)
663(12)
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Public Statement by Eight Alabama Clergymen (essay)
675(1)
Letter from Birmingham Jail (letter/essay)
676(16)
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Civil Disobedience: Destroyer of Democracy (essay)
692(8)
Lewis H. Van Dusen, Jr.
Should Abortion Be Legal?
700(26)
The Mother (poem)
700(1)
Gwendolyn Brooks
We Do Abortions Here (essay)
701(9)
Sallie Tisdale
A Pro-Life View from the Left (essay)
710(6)
Mary Meehan
Our Choices, Ourselves (essay)
716(6)
Sally Quinn
A Pox on Both Your Houses (essay)
722(3)
Mike Royko
Cartoons
725(1)
Jim McCloskey
Mike Luckovich
Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Rights
726(53)
Taking the Census of Queer Nation (essay)
726(16)
Michael Cunningham
Notes on Stonewall (essay)
742(9)
Bruce Bawer
Rights and Responsibilities, Not Freebies and Frolics (essay)
751(4)
John Berresford
Drugs, AIDS and the Threat to Privacy (essay)
755(5)
Yale Kamisar
Transformations (fiction)
760(16)
Dan Chaon
VI. CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
Introduction
776(3)
Should Guns Be Regulated?
779(47)
A Loaded Question: What Is It about Americans and Guns? (essay)
779(11)
Leonard Kriegel
Gun Control Sprouts from Racist Soil (essay)
790(3)
Roy Innis
Women and Handguns (essay)
793(3)
Elizabeth Swazey
National Rifle Association, Don't Edit the Bill of Rights (advertisement)
796(2)
Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment (student essay)
798(5)
Paul Lawton
Gun Control Is Constitutional (essay)
803(3)
Robert Goldwin
Responses to Robert Goldwin (letters to the editor)
806(3)
The False Promise of Gun Control (essay)
809(17)
Daniel Polsby
What Causes Crime?
826(45)
Address to the Prisoners in the Cook County Jail (speech)
826(10)
Clarence Darrow
Are Criminals Made or Born? (essay)
836(10)
Richard J. Herrnstein
James Q. Wilson
Elvis' DNA: The Gene as a Cultural Icon (essay)
846(12)
Dorothy Nelkin
M. Susan Lindee
Why Aren't There More Women Murderers? (essay)
858(5)
Alison Bass
The Criminalization of Black Men (essay)
863(8)
Earl Ofari Hutchinson
Capital Punishment
871(20)
A Hanging (fiction)
871(5)
George Orwell
Death and Justice (essay)
876(5)
Edward I. Koch
This Is Your Death (essay)
881(9)
Jacob Weisberg
cartoon
890(1)
Doug Marlette
Should Drugs Be Legalized?
891(28)
A War for the Surgeon General, Not the Attorney General (essay)
891(7)
Kurt Schmoke
Should Drugs Be Legalized? (essay)
898(5)
William Bennett
Prohibition and Drugs (essay)
903(3)
Milton Friedman
An Open Letter to Bill Bennett (essay)
906(2)
Milton Friedman
A Response to Milton Friedman (letter to the editor)
908(3)
William Bennett
A Response to William Bennett (letter to the editor)
911(5)
Milton Friedman
VII. SCIENCE AND SOCIETY
Introduction
916(3)
Should Research on Cloning Be Permitted?
919(27)
A Clone of One's Own (essay)
919(12)
Virginia Morell
Of (Headless) Mice...and Men (essay)
931(2)
Charles Krauthammer
Fatalist Attraction (Internet essay)
933(4)
Virginia Postrel
Stop Cloning Around (essay)
937(4)
John Kilner
Taboos without a Clue (essay)
941(5)
Ronald Lindsay
How Should We Fight AIDS?
946(41)
The Homecoming (essay)
946(9)
Hanna Rosin
The White Cloud (essay)
955(8)
Ann Louise Bardach
AIDS Prevention Posters
963(3)
Flirting with Suicide (essay)
966(21)
Jesse Green
Euthanasia
987(31)
It's Over, Debbie (essay)
987(1)
Anonymous
It's Not Over, Debbie (essay)
988(3)
Charles Colson
Active and Passive Euthanasia (essay)
991(7)
James Rachels
In Defense of Voluntary Euthanasia (essay)
998(2)
Sidney Hook
Why Doctors Must Not Kill (essay)
1000(10)
Leon R. Kass
Is Rightful Death a Feminist Issue? (essay)
1010(8)
Elizabeth Martinez
What Do You Make of the Internet?
1018(59)
Is There a There in Cyberspace? (essay)
1018(7)
John Perry Barlow
Welcome to Cyberia (essay)
1025(6)
M. Kadi
The Virtual Community (essay)
1031(7)
Howard Rheingold
Immersive Virtualists and Wired Communitarians (essay)
1038(16)
Stephen Doheny-Farina
Broken Promises of the Computer Age (political cartoon)
1054(1)
David Horsey
Gender Differences on the Internet: Bringing Familiar Baggage to the New Frontier (essay)
1055(22)
Susan Herring
Author/Title Index 1077


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