ReMix Reading and Composing Culture

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-01-19
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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"Why do I think the way I do?" Answer this question and others as ReMix empowers you to write, design, and construct the world around you in order to become a more successful writer in college and beyond.


Author Biography

Catherine G. Latterell is associate professor of English at Penn State Altoona, where she teaches first-year composition as well as a range of other rhetoric and writing courses. In addition to composition and cultural studies, her scholarly interests include post-critical pedagogy, literacy studies, and computers and composition. Her published essays consider the intersection of theory and practice in writing programs, writing centers, and composition classrooms.

Table of Contents

*new to the third edition

1. Identity… or, who do you think you are?

Emily White, High School’s Secret Life

*Alex Kuczynski, Identity Crisis: Sign Your John Hancock Here. Or is it Your Lady Gaga?

*Jennifer Ouellette, Tokens and Totems

*COMIC: Gene Luen Yang, Forfeit Your Soul

*Heather Havrilesky, Bobos

*Roland Kelts, The Fifth Flavor

Lucy Grealy, Masks

*W. Ralph Eubanks, Color Lines

*COMICS: Jim Davis and Dan Walsh, Garfield Minus Garfield

Paired Readings: Focus on Language

Gloria Anzaldúa, How to Tame a Wild Tongue

Firoozeh Dumas, The "F Word"

2. Community… or, are these your people?

Paired Readings: Focus on Beliefs

Sarah Adams, Be Cool to the Pizza Dude

Azar Nafisi, I Believe in Empathy

*Garrison Keillor, In Search of Lake Wobegon

David Berreby, It Takes a Tribe

Jon Stewart, Commencement Address

*Dinaw Mengestu, Home at Last

Paired Readings: Focus on Social Networks

*The Onion, New Facebook Notifications Alert Users When They Not Currently Looking at


*Kat Ascharya, What Facebook Is Doing to Your Brain Is Kind of Shocking

*SIDEBAR: Louis C.K. … On Why He Doesn’t Want to Get a Phone for His Kids

Shari Caudron, Befriending Barbie

COMIC: Aaron McGruder, The Boondocks

*Alessandra Rizzotti, How Citizen Science Is Saving Our Oceans

*Joan Didion, From Where I Was From

*Mackensie Griffin, 'No Place For Discontent': A History Of The Family Dinner In America

3. Competition… or, is it in you?

*COMIC: Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

Bruce Glassman, We Can Work It Out: The Beatles’ Creative Competition

SIDEBAR: George Martin and the Beatles, On Collaboration

*Frank Bruni, How to Survive the College Admissions Madness

*Tina Fey, Confessions of a Juggler

Paired Readings: Focus on Originality

*Nitsuh Abebe, On the Far Slope of the Uncanny Valley

*Scott Plagenhoef, The Tumblr Trap

*Barbara Ehrenreich, On Post-Positive Thinking

*Dave Barry, Representing a Country is a Great Feeling

*Flinder Boyd, When Smush Parker Saved the World

*Clickhole, Science FTW: IBM Just Announced A Robotics Competition To Stop The Winner Of The Previous Competition

Clustered Readings: Focus on Tips for Success

Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

Stephen R. Covey, The Habits of Highly Effective People: Think Win/Win

Lois P. Frankel, Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: Mistakes and Coaching Tips

4. Romance… or, what’s love got to do with it?

*Mira Jacob, The Arranged Marriage That Ended Happily Ever After: How My Parents Fell In Love, 30 Years Later

Tim Neville, Once Upon a Time in a Tent

David Sedaris, The End of the Affair

SIDEBAR: Chris Rock… on Marriage

*Emma Court, A Millenial’s Guide to Kissing

Paired Readings: Focus on the Science of Attraction

Benedict Carey, The Brain in Love

*David Rothenberg, Come Up and See My Bower

bell hooks, Baby and Daddy Gus

*Tim Gunn, Know What to Get off Your Chest and What to Take to the Grave

*Nancy Hale, Are You Fickle?

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Cinderella

5. Entertainment… or, why are we so bored?

Katie Roiphe, Profiles Encouraged

SIDEBAR: Ellen DeGeneres… on Celebrity

*Mindy Kaling, Types of Women in Romantic Comedies Who Are Not Real

*Michael W. Clune, The Sun and the Stars

SIDEBAR: George Will… on Entertainment and Progress

Paired Readings: Focus on Music

*James McBride, Hip-Hop Planet

*Tom Junod, How Beyoncé and Taylor Swift Conquered the World with Pop Music

Pete Rojas, Bootleg Culture

David Nasaw, The Pernicious "Moving Picture" Abomination

*William A. Ward, Humor From the Tombs

*PHOTO ESSAY: Harry Pointer, 1870s-1880s: Victorian Lolcats

*Amy Poehler, Things They Don’t Tell You about the Biz

*David Mitchell, Something More Boring Instead

*David Samuels, The Night Before the Grammys

*Patton Oswalt, You Can, Unfortunately, Go Home Again

6. Technology… or, what’s so great about progress?

*COMIC: xkcd, Preferred Chat System

*Michael Wolff, Television and the Way We Live Now

Paired Readings: Focus on Language

Christine Kenneally, The First Word: The Origins of Language

*Rebecca Armendariz, Chat History

Langdon Winner, Technological Somnambulism

*SIDEBAR: Vivek Wadhwa, Our Lagging Laws

*Adam Gopnik, How the Internet Gets Inside Us

Scott McLeod, Words and Pictures

Henry Petroski, The Toothpick

Donald A. Norman, The Psychology of People and Machines

SIDEBAR: Malcolm Gladwell, On the Perfect Innovation

*Gloria Jahoda, From Marshes and Moonports

*Teddy Wayne, The Microcomplaint: Nothing Too Small to Whine About

*Marco Kaye, Son, It’s Time We Talk about Where Start-Ups Come From

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