Blair Reader, The: Exploring Issues and Ideas

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-01-01
  • Publisher: Longman
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This collection offers provocative selections designed to appeal to readers with varied backgrounds. Accessible and engaging,The Blair Readerencourages critical thinking; you can make your own decisions about issues that shape the world. The sixth edition includes new ficiton, literature, and poetry as well as new essays and new illustrations.Varied and numerous, the themes covered in this collection include: Family and Memory, Issues in Education, The Politics of Language, Media and Society, Women and Men, The American Dream, The Wired Revolution, Medicine and Human Values, Earth in the Balance, and Making Choices.An interesting and exciting group of selections for anyone interested in the world's issues, and how writers, past and present, have interpreted them.

Table of Contents

Topical Clustersp. VIII
Rhetorical Table of Contentsp. XVI
Prefacep. XXIV
Introduction: Becoming a Critical Readerp. 1
Family Tiesp. 12
"Those Winter Sundays"p. 15
"One Last Time"p. 16
"Once More to the Lake"p. 23
"No Name Woman"p. 29
"Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self"p. 40
"The Unauthorized Autobiography of Me"p. 47
Fiction: Harlan Coben, "The Key to My Father"p. 56
Focus: Does Gay Marriage Threaten the Family?p. 61
"What Are We Fighting For?"p. 62
"What Marriage Is For"p. 65
"Marriage Just Lets the State Back In"p. 72
Issues in Educationp. 80
"The Sanctuary of School"p. 83
"School Is Bad for Children"p. 86
"School's Out"p. 91
"Graduation"p. 103
"The Good Immigrant Student"p. 113
"For More Balance on Campuses"p. 121
Fiction: Edward P. Jones, "The First Day"p. 124
Focus: How Much Do a College's Facilities Really Matter? (Photo essay)p. 129
The Politics of Languagep. 134
"Baca Grande"p. 137
"Aria"p. 139
"Two Languages in Mind, But Just One in the Heart"p. 146
"Learning to Read and Write"p. 150
"You Can't Say That"p. 155
"Sexism in English: Embodiment and Language"p. 158
"Mother Tongue"p. 170
"The Human Cost of an Illiterate Society"p. 175
"Propaganda Under a Dictatorship"p. 183
"Politics and the English Language"p. 189
Focus: How Free Should Free Speech Be?p. 201
"The Free-Speech Follies"p. 202
"A Chill Wind Is Blowing in This Nation"p. 206
"It's Time to Junk the Double Standard on Free Speech"p. 211
Media and Societyp. 218
Speech to Radio-Television News Directors Associationp. 221
"Television: The Plug-In Drug"p. 231
"Reality TV: A Dearth of Talent and the Death of Morality"p. 239
"Is Music Piracy Stealing?"p. 242
"Eminem Is Right"p. 250
"Who Shot Mohammed al-Dura?"p. 257
Fiction: Amanda Holzer, "Love and Other Catastrophes: A Mix Tape"p. 272
Focus: Has the Internet Doomed the Newspaper?p. 274
"Bad News"p. 275
"A Loser's Game"p. 285
"Not Just Another Column about Blogging"p. 290
Life and Lifestylep. 298
"The World Is Too Much with Us"p. 301
"The Transformation of Everyday Life"p. 302
"The Boredom Effect"p. 310
"Putting Up the Gates"p. 314
"Supersize Me"p. 318
"The Fashion Victim's Ten Commandments"p. 326
Focus: Can We Build Real Communities Online?
"Connecting Communities: On and Offline"p. 341
"What Adolescents Miss when We Let Them Grow Up in Cyberspace"p. 349
"The Internet in a Cup"p. 351
Gender and Identityp. 362
"Barbie Doll"p. 365
"Rite of Passage"p. 366
"Gardenland, Sacramento, California"p. 367
"The M/F Boxes"p. 374
"Why I Want a Wife"p. 380
"Stay-at-Home Dads"p. 382
"Without Apology: Girls, Women, and the Desire to Fight"p. 385
"Marked Women"p. 393
Focus: Is There a Gender Crisis in Education?p. 399
"The War Against Boys"p. 400
"Boy Problems"p. 405
"Men Are from Earth, and So Are Women"p. 408
The American Dreamp. 418
"We May Be Brothers"p. 421
"Why the Americans Are So Restless in the Midst of Their Prosperity"p. 423
"The Library Card"p. 427
"Becoming American"p. 435
"The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria"p. 442
"Coming Into The Country"p. 447
"Just Walk On By"p. 450
"On Dumpster Diving"p. 454
Fiction: Amy Tan "Two Kinds"p. 465
Focus: What Is the American Dream?p. 476
The Declaration of Independencep. 477
"The New Colossus"p. 480
Inaugural Addressp. 481
"I Have a Dream"p. 485
Why We Workp. 492
"Why We Work"p. 495
"Professions for Women"p. 500
"The Second Shift"p. 505
"Behind the Counter"p. 511
"Selling in Minnesota"p. 519
"Delusions of Grandeur"p. 523
"What Nurses Stand For"p. 526
Fiction: Jamaica Kincaid "Girl"p. 536
Focus: Is Outsourcing Bad for America?p. 538
"Let Someone Else Do It: The Impulse Behind Everything"p. 539
"Missed Target: Is Outsourcing Really So Bad?"p. 542
"Fair Exchange: Who Benefits from Outsourcing?"p. 548
Science and Human Valuesp. 558
"Apollo"p. 561
Is Global Warming Fact or Fiction?p. 563
"Global Warming: Is It Already Too Late?"p. 564
"Climate Change: Menace or Myth?"p. 569
"The False Alert of Global Warming"p. 575
Can the Energy Crisis Be Solved?p. 581
"Over a Barrel"p. 582
"Energy's Future"p. 592
"The End of Oil"p. 602
Are Men Better in Math and Science than Women?p. 611
Remarks at NBER Conference on Diversifying the Science & Engineering Workforcep. 613
Response to Lawrence Summersp. 622
"Summers of Our Discontent"p. 627
"The Truth about Men and Women"p. 630
Religion in Americap. 636
"Salvation"p. 639
"Our Faith in Science"p. 641
"Among the Believers"p. 644
"Kicking the Secularist Habit"p. 647
"Turning Faith into Elevator Music"p. 652
"Muslim in America"p. 655
"Earthly Empires"p. 659
Fiction: Raymond Carver "Cathedral"p. 666
Focus: Is There Intelligent Design in Nature?p. 679
"Finding Design in Nature"p. 680
"Why Intelligent Design Isn't"p. 682
"Finding Darwin's God"p. 692
Making Choicesp. 706
"The Road Not Taken"p. 709
"Ethics"p. 710
"The Deer at Providencia"p. 711
"Shooting an Elephant"p. 715
"Civil Disobedience"p. 722
"Letter from Birmingham Jail"p. 741
"Dog Lab"p. 756
"The Perils of Obedience"p. 764
Fiction: Ursula K. Le Guin "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"p. 777
Focus: Can We Be Both Free and Safe?p. 783
"The Most Patriotic Act"p. 784
"Why Liberty Suffers in Wartime"p. 786
"Imbalance of Power"p. 790
Creditsp. 799
Index of Authors and Titlesp. 811
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