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With readings in a wide variety of genres, subjects, and styles, it offers the largest and most thoughtfully chosen collection of essays for composition students today. The Twelfth Edition has been carefully revised, with 25 percent of its readings new and an extensive new introduction to reading and writing with guidelines to all the elements cited in the WPA Outcomes Statement. Available in two editions: a full edition, with 206 readings; and a shorter edition, with 123.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Reading and Writing with The Norton Reader
On Going Home
A Hole in the Wall
On Dumpster Diving
On Being a Cripple
Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self
Once More to the Lake
Under the Influence
An American Childhood
Sowers and Reapers
The Way to Rainy Mountain
Enclosed. Encyclopedic. Endured: The Mall of America
Looking at Women
Between the Sexes, a Great Divide
Excuse Me While I Explode: My Mother, Myself, My Anger
Why Women Smile
What Is a Homosexual?
On the Fear of Death
How to Know If You're Dead
Is America Falling Apart?
Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain
Kill 'Em! Crush 'Em! Eat 'Em Raw!
Get a Knife, Get a Dog, but Get Rid of Guns
Saudis in Bikinis
The Wheels of Freedom: Bicycles in China
The Case for Single-Child Families
Black Men and Public Space
Who Shot Johnny?
Learning to Read
Learning to Write
How Teachers Make Children Hate Reading
College Is a Waste of Time and Money
Why Colleges Shower Their Students with A's
The Gender Gap at School
The Dean's Daughter Gets Thin Envelope
Thinking as a Hobby
Taking Women Students Seriously
Language and Communication
"Mommy, What Does 'Nigger' Mean?"
Always Living in Spanish
How to Tame a Wild Tongue
How to Write a Letter
Notes on Punctuation
Literature, the Arts, and Media
One Writer's Beginnings
Good Readers and Good Writers
Does a Literary Canon Matter?
In Search of a Room of One's Own
A Century of Cinema
The Sound of Music
How We Listen
Philosophy and Religion
In a Double Exile
Where I Lived, and What I Lived For
The Death of the Moth
Sight into Insight
The Allegory of the Cave
Parables of the Kingdom
Muddy Road, A Parable, Learning to Be Silent
The Mystery of Zen
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