Table of contents for Motives for writing / [compiled by] Robert Keith Miller.


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Introduction: Writing for Your Life 1. Writing to Understand Experience Levi’s, Marilyn Schiel Grub, Scott Russell Sanders The Meaning of a Word, Gloria Naylor Life with Father, Tabari Njeri Count Me Out of Hard Labor, Rick Marin Companion Text: "I Dated Rick Marin," Sandy Fernandez Living Like Weasels, Annie Dillard Lavender, Andre Aciman 2. Writing to Report Information As Freezing Persons Recollect the Snow, Peter Stark Thomas Jefferson and the Environment, Peter Ling Why McDonald’s Fries Taste So Good, Eric Schlosser Uncharted Territory, Elizabeth Kolbert Companion Text: "Charter School Results Repeatedly Delayed," American Federation of Teachers Tough Break, Tim Rogers The Best Job in Town, Katherine Boo 3. Writing to Explain Information Photo Exorcism, Wes Pitts In Japan, Nice Guys (and Girls) Finish Together, Nicholas D. Kristof What Happened to the Anasazi?, Catherine Dold Bet on It, Gary Riven Women’s Brains, Stephen Jay Gould Same-Sex Sexuality, Joan Roughgarden Companion Text: “An Interview with Joan Roughgarden,” Debrah Solomon 4. Writing to Evaluate Something Reach Out to Annoy Someone,” Jonathan Rowe Companion Text: "Saved, and Enslaved, by the Cell," Ken Belson Sweet and Lowdown, YiLing-Chen The Sad Comedy of Really Bad Food, Dara Moskowitz God’s Lonely Man, Francis Davis My Diagnosis, Susanna Kaysen Companion Text: "Borderline Personality Disorder," APA High-Tech Bibliophila, Paul Goldberger She: The Portrait of the Essay as a Warm Body, Cynthia Ozick 5. Writing to Analyze Images Falling in Love with Food, Jean Kilbourne Beauty (Re)discovers the Male body, Susan Bordo Next: Understanding a Corporate Logo, Steven Heller and Karen Pomerov The Re-rebranding of Berlin, Annie Bourneuf Conveying Atrocity in Image, Barbie Zelizer Regarding the Torture of Others, Susan Sontag Companion Text: “Torture Incarnate, Propped Up on a Pedestal,” Sarah Boxer 6. Writing to Analyze Texts Core Text: The Story of an Hour, Kate Chopin. Presented as an insert. Feminine Double Consciousness in Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour,” Angelyn Mitchell Fatal Self-Assertion in Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour,” Lawrence I. Berkove Core Text: Genesis 9:18-27 Noah’s Nakedness and he Curse of Canaan: A Case of Incest? F.W. Bassett The Curse That Never Was, Gene Rice Core Text: Bill of Rights Groh v. Ramirez, John Paul Stevens Groh v. Ramirez, Clarence Thomas 7. Writing to Persuade Others Majoring in Debt, Adolph Reed Flunking the NCAA, Sally Jenkins Racial Profiling: The Liberals Are Right, Stuart Taylor, Jr The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson Letter from Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King Privacy and the U.S. Military, Aaron Belkin and Melissa S. Ember-Herbert 8. Writing to Inspire Others You Are Me, Larry Carlat I Have a Dream, Martin Luther King, Jr. Democratic Bedrock, Garrison Keillor I Know a Child, Ron Reagan Companion Text: Speech by Nancy Reagan The State of Our Union, George Bush A Hanging, George Orwell Am I Blue?, Alice Walker 9. Writing to Amuse Others Technology Makes Me Mad, Patricia Volk Breakfast at the FDA Cafe;, John R. Alden The Learning Curve, David Sedaris Relationship Reruns, Cindy Chupach Vacations: His and Hers, Jill Conner Browne Companion Text: "Jill Conner Browne Tells All," Lynette Hanson Would Hemingway Get Into Harvard?, Jonathan Katzman/Andy Lutz, and Erik Olson 10. Writing to Experiment with Form Et in Arcadia Ego, John Berger The Deer at Providencia, Annie Dillard Marrakech, George Orwell If You Are What You Eat, Then What Am I?, Geeta Kothari I Was Born, Luc Sante Oranges and Sweet Sister Boy, Judy Ruiz Appendix: Writing from Sources


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College readers.
Report writing -- Problems, exercises, etc.
English language -- Rhetoric -- Problems, exercises, etc.