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A journalist and author explains how text messaging, Weblogs, and e-mail are changing the ways students write—and driving some teachers to distraction.
The best-selling author tells of the various odd jobs and adventures he had on the way to a successful writing career.
According to this writer-teacher, “clutter is the disease of American writing.” We must, Zinsser declares, simplify.
Novelist Amy Tan explains how her writing style achieved both passion and simplicity when she learned to value the criticism of her mother, who said after reading her daughter’s novel, “So easy to read.”
A Latina writer recalls how reading helped her overcome her childhood circumstances.
“Reading had changed forever the course of my life,” writes Malcolm X, who explains movingly how reading is both an activity of love and a tool of power.
One of America’s best fiction writers reveals a long-standing love affair—with books! “Long before I wrote stories,” she says,“I listened for stories.”
An acclaimed essayist and novelist declares that the future of reading is backlit and bright.
Lopez brings the eye of a naturalist and the soul of a humanist to a driving trip along the western roads of America.
An acclaimed nature writer discovers in the Ecuadorian jungle the depths of experience that can be found in “the middle of nowhere.”
Squirming turtles, swimming catfish, pungent skunks, city pigeons: Why did Kingston’s mother bring the culture of China to their California kitchen?
A novelist evokes a puzzling and emotional visit to the site of the destroyed World Trade towers.
In a narrative of her youth, a writer remembers her efforts to obtain “a cultural divorce” from the heritage into which she was born.
One of America’s foremost poets tells of his childhood disillusionment as he struggled desperately to see Jesus.
This Vietnamese-American short story writer and journalist visits a famous European battlefield, triggering thoughts about hisfamily’s fate.
The renowned author of Animal Farm and 1984 discovers how precious human life is as he tells of witnessing an execution in Burma. “It is curious,” he recalls, “but till that moment I had never realized what it means to destroy a healthy, conscious man.”
The writers have a number of ideas to prevent a major problem on the road: using a cellphone while driving.
A popular essayist, novelist, and screenwriter offers a hilarious spoof on our preoccupation with terrorism and terrorists.
Avoiding insects. Getting a good rest. Cooking trout just right. This essay can make anyone’s next camping trip a success.
A prolific writer and winner of a 1989 National Book Award explores the politics of the hairdo by recalling his experiences as a child in his mother’s home beauty parlor.
An avid “night walker” explains how his seemingly innocent habit has turned him into “an accomplice in tyranny.”
The feminist social critic discovers that there is something useful to be learned from men after all: how to be tough.
“Advocates for the homeless report countless examples of students sleeping in their cars and sneaking into a school gym to shower and change clothes.”
Globalization, Diamond claims, is nothing new: Early farmers carried their genes, foods, technologies, cultures, and languages around the world.
One of America’s most celebrated naturalists warns us of the future in a grim contrast between a flourishing environment and a destroyed landscape plagued by a mysterious curse.
The newspaper humorist takes a close look at the war of the sexes and isn’t quite sure which side he should be on.
This writer focuses on a study that discovered why white girls dislike their bodies, but black girls are proud of theirs.”
A prominent professor of linguistics who frequently writes on gender issues reflects on the reasons her mother constantly focuses on her daughter’s slight imperfections.
The acknowledged master of horror shares his thoughts on why people love to be frightened.
Holocaust survivor, author, and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Elie Wiesel explains what prompted him to become an American citizen more than forty years ago and how he feels about his adopted country today.
A columnist asks why we are so obsessed with our e-mail, cellphones, Kindles, and iPads.
This well-known feminist analyzes the disconnect between the two sexes.
Ahmed believes that we cannot understand the Muslim people until we understand these classifications and what they mean for the members of each group.
A law professor takes a critical look at “several environmentalisms.”
This writer claims that advertisements and other images in American magazines classify ethnic groups on the basis of prevailing stereotypes.
This gently satirical essay introduces a dozen student types that everyone knows and loves—among others, the performer, the jock, the lost soul, the worker ant, and finally, the student.
The popular Chicano writer takes a poetic approach to explaining how a common but complicated human emotion manifests itself in the deserts of Texas.
Celebrated New York Times contributor and best-selling author Thomas Friedman takes pride in the current generation of college students.
Fundamentalism, declares this acclaimed writer on religion, is “essentially a revolt against modern secular society.”
Novelist and short fiction writer Gloria Naylor asserts that the meaning of a word goes beyond the dictionary—especially when it is the N-word.
A college professor fights his own inhibitions and joins the popular online social networking site.
A full-time blogger complains about Facebook’s betrayal of itsmembers.
A constantly empty seat beside him on regular train trips forces this writer to draw unpleasant conclusions.
This short story writer argues that different people and groups respond to his name—and the author himself—from clashing perspectives
A well-known writer on race and ethnicity argues that protective barriers do not make a nation safe.
A leading scholar argues that not only is the idea of uniform Asian-American superiority a myth, but a myth that often veils racist sentiment directed at other groups.
A witty, sharp-tongued columnist and political critic argues that the Bill of Rights ought not to protect “gun nuts.”
In one of the great pieces of American oratory, King argues logically, emotionally, and ethically for equality of the races.
A well-known novelist and nonfiction writer declares, “There is a war going on in the streets of New York City” between the Stay-at-Home Mothers and their adversaries, the Working Mothers and Women Without Children.