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Table of Contents
Freeze Frame: Reading and Writing.
1. On Using Description.
The Bridge, Jason Holland.
El Hoyo, Mario Suarez.
Frightened by Loss, J. Merrill Foster.
Left Sink, Ellery Akers.
2. On Using Narration.
The Night of Oranges, Flavius Stan.
The Good Daughter, Caroline Hwang.
The Pie, Gary Soto.
I Have a Gun, Tania Nyman.
3. On Using Definition.
I Was a Member of the Kung Fu Crew, Henry Han Xi Lau.
The Handicap of Definition, William Raspberry.
The Myth of the Matriarch, Gloria Naylor.
Waiting, Edna O'Brien.
4. On Using Example.
Stop Ordering Me Around, Stacey Wilkens.
A Black Fan Of Country Music Finally Tells All, Lena Williams.
Bananas for Rent, Michiko Kakutami.
Electronic Intimacies, Peter Steinhard.
5. On Using Division and Classification.
The New York Walk: Survival of the Fiercest, Caryn James.
Intense!, Richard Brookhiser.
The Plot Against People, Russell Baker.
The Bench, Mary Ruefle.
6. On Using Comparison and Contrast.
Lost in a Forrest, Scott Harpt.
Of Prophets and Protestors, Robert C. Maynard.
Two Ways to Belong in America, Bharati Mukherjee.
The Raven, Barry Lopez.
7. On Using Process.
How to Swat a Fly, Will Cuppy.
A Woman's Place, Naomi Wolf.
You Sure You Want to do This?, Maneka Gandhi.
Inspiration? Head Down the Back Road, and Stop for the Yard Sales, Annie Proulx.
8. On Using Cause and Effect.
Tiffany Stephenson-An Apology, Bjorn Skogquist.
Wrestling with Myself, George Felton.
Black Men and Public Space, Brent Staples.
Why Don't We Like the Human Body?, Barbara Ehrenreich.
9. On Using Argument.
Gay Marriages: Make Them Legal, Thomas B. Stoddard.
But Is It Art? Daniel Slate.
America Needs Its Nerds, Leonid Fridman.
Responses to Fridman, David Lessing and David Herne, Keith W. Frome.
High School, an Institution Whose Time Has Passed, Leon Botstein.
One Internet, Two Nations, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
10. For Further Reading: Pro and Con On Home Schooling.
Public Setting Still the Best, Evie Hudak.
One-on-One Environment Is Beneficial, Kevin Swanson.
On Legalized Gambling.
Let's See Where Gambling Is Going, Rep. Frank R. Wolf.
The Washington Insiders Are at It Again, Frank Fahrenkopf.
Why I Hunt, Dan Sisson.
Why I Don't Hunt, Steve Ruggieri.
Why We Hunt, Humberto Fontova.
“Witch Project” a Mock Doc That Really Can Shock", Kevin Thomas.
“Of Witches and Muses” , John Simon.
11. Additional Writing Prompts.
Writing Prompts by Mode.
Writing Prompts by Theme.
Index of Authors, Essays, and Terms.