The Blair Reader Exploring Issues and Ideas

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  • Copyright: 2010-01-07
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The Blair Reader is a thematic reader with over 100 classic and contemporary readings.

Themes include family, gender, education, language, and the environment.

New focus topics include reading on texting and social networking.

Table of Contents

Topical Clustersp. x
Rhetorical Table of Contentsp. xx
Prefacep. xxviii
Introduction: Becoming A Critical Readerp. 1
Family and Memoryp. 12
Poetry: Linda Hogan, "Heritage"p. 15
Poetry: Robert Hayden, "Those Winter Sundays"p. 17
"My Grandmother's Dumpling"p. 18
"Once More to the Lake"p. 24
"No Name Woman"p. 29
"Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self"p. 40
"Sixty-Nine Cents"p. 47
"The Storyteller"p. 50
Issues in Educationp. 58
"The Sanctuary of School"p. 61
"School Is Bad for Children"p. 64
"Graduation"p. 69
"The Good Immigrant Student"p. 79
"School's Out"p. 87
"Should the Obama Generation Drop Out?"p. 99
"Is College Worth the Money?"p. 102
"For More Balance on Campuses"p. 104
Fiction: Edward P. Jones, "The First Day"p. 107
Focus: How Much Do a College's Facilities Really Matter?p. 111
"In Iowa, 2 Colleges Separated by 150 Miles and $1.37 Billion: Grinnell College"p. 111
"In Iowa, 2 Colleges Separated by 150 Miles and $1.37 Billion: Clarke College"p. 118
Photo Essay, from The Chronicle of Higher Educationp. 124
The Politics of Languagep. 128
Poetry;"Baca Grande"p. 131
"Aria"p. 133
"Mother Tongue"p. 140
"Learning to Read and Write"p. 145
"Sexism in English: Embodiment and Language"p. 150
"The Loaded Language of Science"p. 161
"The Human Cost of an Illiterate Society"p. 164
"Politics and the English Language"p. 172
Focus: Is Texting Destroying the English Language?p. 184
"I h8 txt msgs: How Texting Is Wrecking Our Language"p. 185
"2b or not 2b?"p. 188
"Thumbspeak: Is Texting Here to Stay?"p. 196
Media and Societyp. 204
"Television: The Plug-In Drug"p. 207
"Reality TV: A Dearth of Talent and the Death of Morality"p. 215
"The Revolution Will Be Televised"p. 218
"Eminem Is Right"p. 223
Editors of the Rocky Mountain News, "Goodbye, Colorado"p. 230
"News You Can Endow"p. 231
"The Universe of Meaning"p. 234
Poetry: "Dear John Wayne"p. 236
Focus: Does Social Networking Connect Us or Keep Us Apart?p. 238
"The Fakebook Generation"p. 239
"What Adolescents Miss When We Let Them Grow Up in Cyberspace"p. 241
"To Twitter or Not to Twitter?"p. 244
"Does Social Networking Really Connect You to Humanity?"p. 247
"Social Networking: Crossing Digital Divide Can Pay Dividends"p. 250
Gender and Identitp. 256
Poetry: "Barbie Doll"p. 259
Poetry: "Rite of Passage"p. 260
"Gardenland, Sacramento, California"p. 262
"The M/F Boxes"p. 269
"Why I Want a Wife"p. 275
"Stay-at-Home Dads"p. 277
"Man Bashing: Trivial Pursuit or a Truth with Consequences?"p. 280
"Without Apology: Girls, Women, and the Desire to Fight"p. 286
"Marked Women"p. 294
Focus: Who Has It Harder, Girls or Boys?p. 300
"What Is the Triple Bind?"p. 301
"The War Against Boys"p. 309
"Men Are from Earth, and So Are Women: It's Faulty Research That Sets Them Apart"p. 314
The American Dreamp. 324
Poetry: Emma Lazarus, "The New Colossus"p. 327
"What Sacagawea Means to Me (and Perhaps to You)"p. 328
"The Library Card"p. 330
"Becoming American"p. 339
"The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria"p. 346
"Coming into the Country"p. 351
"Just Walk On By"p. 354
"On Dumpster Diving"p. 358
"Where Evil Dwells: Reflections on the Columbine School Massacre"p. 369
Focus: What Is the American Dream?p. 374
The Declaration of Independencep. 375
The Gettysburg Addressp. 378
Inaugural Addressp. 380
"I Have a Dream"p. 383
"Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions"p. 387
Why We Workp. 394
"Why We Work"p. 397
"One Last Time"p. 402
"Professions for Women"p. 410
"The Second Shift"p. 415
"Behind the Counter"p. 421
"Selling in Minnesota"p. 428
"Don't Blame Wal-Mart"p. 432
"Delusions of Grandeur"p. 435
Fiction: John Updike, "A & P"p. 438
Focus: Is Outsourcing Bad for America?p. 444
"Let Someone Else Do It: The Impulse Behind Everything"p. 445
"Missed Target: Is Outsourcing Really so Bad?"p. 448
"Fair Exchange: Who Benefits from Outsourcing?"p. 454
Saving the Planetp. 464
from "Through the Stories We Hear Who We Are"p. 467
"The American Forests"p. 468
"Being Kind to the Land"p. 470
"The Obligation to Endure"p. 474
"Fateful Voice of a Generation Still Drowns Out Real Science"p. 480
"The Conquest of Garbage"p. 484
"Built to Last"p. 490
Fiction: Steven Millhauser, "The Invasion from Outer Space"p. 495
Focus: How Can We Create a More Sustainable Environment?p. 499
"The Challenge to Environmentalism"p. 500
"Green, Greener, Greenest"p. 503
"Why Bother?"p. 508
Religion in Americap. 518
"Salvation"p. 521
"New Superstitions for Old"p. 523
"Our Faith in Science"p. 527
"Among the Believers"p. 530
"Kicking the Secularist Habit"p. 533
"Turning Faith into Elevator Music"p. 537
"Muslim in America"p. 540
"Earthly Empires"p. 544
"I Believe in an America Where the Separation of Church and State Is Absolute"p. 551
Fiction: Raymond Carver, "Cathedral"p. 555
Focus: Is There Intelligent Design in Nature?p. 568
"Finding Design in Nature"p. 569
"Why Intelligent Design Isn't"p. 571
"Finding Darwin's God"p. 581
Making Choicesp. 596
Poetry: Robert Frost, "The Road Not Taken"p. 599
Poetry: Linda Pastan, "Ethics"p. 600
"Shooting an Elephant"p. 601
"Letter from Birmingham Jail"p. 608
"Lifeboat Ethics: The Case Against 'Aid' That Harms"p. 623
"Dog Lab"p. 632
"The Perils of Obedience"p. 639
Commencement Speechp. 652
"And Then They Came for Me"p. 658
Fiction: Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"p. 665
Creditsp. 673
Index of Authors and Titlesp. 681
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