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The Writer's Presence: A Pool of Readings


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The Writer's Presence combines great writing with a simple organization and uncluttered presentation to give instructors the widest range of options. Each selection showcases a writer's unique voice to demonstrate how writers present themselves through their work and to provide students with models they can use to develop their own voices. Arranged alphabetically by author and by five types of writing (informal, personal, expository, and argumentative writing, as well as short fiction) and with minimal apparatus, the readings allow instructors to be flexible and allow the writing to speak for itself.

Table of Contents

  Introduction for Students: The Writer's Presence



   *Christopher Columbus, Land! October 12-14, 1492

    Toi Derricotte, from The Black Notebooks

    Joan Didion, On Keeping a Notebook

    Anne Frank, from The Diary of a Young Girl

    Michihiko Hachiya, from Hiroshima Diary

   *Amanda Hesser, Shop Write

    Adam Mayblum, The Price We Pay

   *Sparrow and Art Chantry, My Career in Bumper Stickers

    Timothy Townsend, The First Hours

   *Marine Staff Sergeant Aaron Dean White, Army Pfc. Diego Fernando Rincon, and Army Specialist Brett T. Christian, Last Letters Home

    Walt Whitman, from Specimen Days: Civil War Diary

    Virginia Woolf, from A Writer's Diary



    Sherman Alexie, The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me

    Maya Angelou, "What's Your Name, Girl?"

   *James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son / The Writer at Work: James Baldwin on Black English

    Raymond Carver, My Father's Life

    Judith Ortiz Cofer, Silent Dancing /The Writer at Work: Judith Ortiz Cofer on Memory and Personal Essays

    Bernard Cooper, A Clack of Tiny Sparks: Remembrances of a Gay Boyhood

    Frederick Douglass, Learning to Read and Write

   *Jonathan Franzen, Comfort Zone

   *Henry Louis Gates Jr., Rope Burn / The Writer at Work: Henry Louis Gates Jr. on the Writer's Voice

    Edward Hoagland, On Stuttering / The Writer at Work: Edward Hoagland on What An Essay Is

    Langston Hughes, Salvation / The Writer at Work: Langston Hughes on How to Be a Bad Writer (In Ten Easy Lessons)

    Zora Neale Hurston, How It Feels to Be Colored Me

   *Gish Jen, Name Dropping

    Jamaica Kincaid, Biography of a Dress

    Nancy Mairs, On Being a Cripple / The Writer at Work: Nancy Mairs on Finding a Voice

    Malcolm X, Homeboy

    David Mamet, The Rake: A Few Scenes from My Childhood

   *Joyce Carol Oates, District School #7, Niagara County, New York

    George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant

    Adrienne Rich, Split at the Root: An Essay on Jewish Identity

    Richard Rodriguez, Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood / The Writer at Work: Richard Rodriguez on a Writer's Identity

   *Marjane Satrapi, The Socks

    David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day

   *Zadie Smith, Scenes from the Smith Family Christmas

    Brent Staples, Just Walk on By: A Black Man Ponders His Power to Alter Public Space / The Writer at Work: Another Version of "Just Walk on By"

    Amy Tan, Mother Tongue

    Garry Trudeau, My Inner Shrimp

   *John Updike, At War with My Skin

    Alice Walker, Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self

    E. B. White, Once More to the Lake / The Writer at Work: E.B. White on the Essayist



   *Diane Ackerman, We Are Our Words

    Gloria Anzaldúa, How to Tame a Wild Tongue

   *Karen Armstrong, Is a Holy War Inevitable?

   *Stuart Banner, The Strange Career of the Death Penalty

   *David Brooks, People Like Us

    Stephen L. Carter, The Insufficiency of Honesty

    Amy Cunningham, Why Women Smile

    Don DeLillo, In the Ruins of the Future:: Reflections on Terror, Loss, and Time in the Shadow of September

   *Gerald Early, Fear and Fate in America

    Lars Eighner, On Dumpster Diving

    Ralph Ellison, What America Would Be Like without Blacks

   *Joseph Epstein, The Perpetual Adolescent

    Kai Erikson, The Witches of Salem Village

    James Fallows, Throwing Like a Girl

   *Ian Frazier, All-Consuming Patriotism

   *Neal Gabler, Our Celebrities, Ourselves

   *Malcolm Gladwell, Big and Bad

    Mary Gordon, The Ghosts of Ellis Island

    Stephen Jay Gould, Sex, Drugs, Disasters, and the Extinction of Dinosaurs

   *Raja Halwani, Homer and Aristotle

    Linda Hogan, Dwellings

    John Hollander, Mess

   *Pico Iyer, Living in the Transit Lounge

   *Sebastian Junger, Colter's Way

    Stephen King, Everything You Need to Know about Writing Successfully-in Ten Minutes

    Maxine Hong Kingston, No Name Woman / The Writer at Work: Maxine Hong Kingston on Writing for Oneself

   *Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address / The Writer at Work: Garry Wills on Lincoln's Models of Brevity

   *Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address

   *H. L. Mencken, The Hills of Zion

    N. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy Mountain

   *Azar Nafisi, Reading ‘Lolita' in Tehran

   *Danielle Ofri, SAT

    George Orwell, Politics and the English Language / The Writer at Work: George Orwell on the Four Reasons for Writing

    Katha Pollitt, Why Boys Don't Play with Dolls

   *Joe Sacco, Through Other Eyes / The Writer at Work: from "The Case for Comics Journalism"

    Eric Schlosser, Why McDonald's Fries Taste So Good

   *Charles Simic, The Life of Images

    Calvin Trillin, A Traditional Family

    Barbara Tuchman, "This Is the End of the World": The Black Death

   *Sherry Turkle, How Computers Change the Way We Think

   *Ellen Ullman, The Museum of Me

    Marie Winn, TV Addiction

   *Tom Wolfe, Hooking Up

    Virginia Woolf, The Death of the Moth



   *James Agee, America, Look at Your Shame!

    Dorothy Allison, This Is Our World

   *Andrew Butterfield, Monuments and Memories

    Edwidge Danticat, We Are Ugly, but We Are Here / The Writer at Work: Edwidge Danticat on Becoming a Writer

   *Jared Diamond, The Ends of the World As We Know Them

    Annie Dillard, Living Like Weasels / The Writer at Work: Annie Dillard's "Notes for Young Writers"

   *W.E.B. Du Bois, Of Our Spiritual Strivings

    Gregg Easterbrook, The Myth of Fingerprints

    Barbara Ehrenreich, Family Values

   *Nora Ephron, The Boston Photographs

    Paul Fussell, A Well-Regulated Militia

   *John Taylor Gatto, Against School

    William Gibson, The Net is a Waste of Time

    Vicki Hearne, What's Wrong with Animal Rights

   *Langston Hughes, Liberals Need a Mascot

   *Langston Hughes, That Word Black

    Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence

    Michiko Kakutani, The Word Police

   *Randall Kennedy, Blind Spot

    Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail / The Writer at Work: Martin Luther King Jr. on Self-Importance

    Martin Luther King, Jr.,I Have a Dream / *The Graphic Writer at Work: Ho Che Anderson, from King

     *Laura Kipnis, Against Love

   *Bill McKibben, Worried? Us?

    Martha Nussbaum, Can Patriotism be Compassionate?

    Bertrand Russell, Why I Am Not a Christian

   *Michael Sandel, The Case Against Perfection

    Scott Russell Sanders, The Men We Carry in Our Minds / The Writer at Work: Scott Russell Sanders on Writing Essays

    Leslie Marmon Silko, In the Combat Zone

    Peter Singer, The Singer Solution to World Poverty

   *Lauren Slater, The Trouble with Self-Esteem / The Writer at Work: Lauren Slater on Writing Groups

   *Jane Smiley, Say It Ain't So, Huck

    Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal

    Lewis Thomas, On Cloning a Human Being

    Sojourner Truth, Ain't I a Woman?

   *Scott Turow, To Kill or Not to Kill

    Mark Twain, Corn-pone Opinions

    Gore Vidal, Drugs

    John Edgar Wideman, The Night I was Nobody

    Patricia Williams, Hate Radio

    Terry Tempest Williams, The Clan of One-Breasted Women

   *Howard Zinn, Stories Hollywood Never Tells



   *Sherman Alexie, This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona

   *Raymond Carver, The Bath

   *Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown

   *Gish Jen, Who's Irish?

    Jamaica Kincaid, Girl / The Writer at Work: Jamaica Kincaid on "Girl"

   *Joyce Carol Oates, Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been / The Writer at Work: Short Story into Film

    Flannery O'Connor, A Good Man Is Hard to Find / The Writer at Work: Flannery O'Connor on Her Own Work

    John Updike, A & P



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Product Details

A Pool of Readings
Mcquade, Donald
McQuade, Donald
Atwan, Robert
Atwan, Robert
McQuade, Donald
Bedford/St. Martin's
Composition & Creative Writing
Composition & Creative Writing - General
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Fifth Edition
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9.25 x 6.00 in

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