Table of contents for Living in America : a popular culture reader / [edited by] Patricia Y. Murray, Scott F. Covell.


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 1. POPULAR CULTURE I:  PERSONAL NARRATIVES:  THE GOOD, THE RAD, AND THE HUMOROUS 
 William Least Heat Moon, West Texas / Douglas Coupland, Our Parents Had More / Maya Angelou, Graduation / Alice Walker, Beauty:  When the Other Dancer Is the Self / Richard Wright, The Library Card / Lois-Ann Yamanaka, The Last Dance Is Always a Slow Dance (Short Story) / Nicole Brossard, Mauve Desert / Hethur Suval, High School Psyche-out (Student Essay) / Glen McCoy, The Vietnam War:  Not Very Pretty (Student Essay) / 

 2. POPULAR CULTURE II:  GENERATION CLASH AND THE FAMILY EXPERIENCE 
 Dan Kwong, Grandpa Story / Scott F. Covell, Gramps / Jimmy Santiago Baca, I Ask Myself, Should I Cry? Or Laugh? (Poem) / Louise Erdrich, Grandpa Nector and the Story of June’s Hanging (Short Story) / Toshio Mori, My Mother Stands on Her Head (Short Story) / N. Scott Momaday, The Last of the Kiowas / Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens / Diane Rubio, Nana (Student Essay) / 

 3. POPULAR CULTURE III:  AMERICA AT PLAY:  VEGAS, FOOTBALL, BUNGEE JUMPING, AND MORE 
 Benjamin Saltman, The Bungee Jumpers (Poem) / Hunter S. Thompson, Selections from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas / Eric Boehlert, Death in the Mosh Pit / Jerry Adler, America 2000:  Fast and Furious Fun / Gretel Ehrlich, Rules of the Game:  Rodeo / Philip Roth, My Baseball Years / John McMurtry, Kill ’Em! Crush ’Em! Eat ’Em Raw! / Albert Goldman, Graceland / Maxine Hong Kingston, Wittman Ah Sing’s Halloween Play (Short Story) / Don Delillo, Shopping / Chris Hernandez, Waiting in Line All Night for Cure Tickets (Student Essay) / 

 4. POPULAR CULTURE IV:  MEDIA MADNESS:  SEX, VIOLENCE, AND ROCK AND ROLL 
 Bob Dole, The U.S. Entertainment Industy Must Accept Responsibility for Its Work / Elaine Dutka, Steve Hochman, Rick Dubrow, Daniel Howard Cerone, and Robert W. Welkos, Sex, Violence, and Bob Dole / Holly Brubach, Rock and Roll Vaudeville / Jay McInerney, Is Seinfeld the Best Comedy Ever? / Bill McKibben, TV, Freedom and the Loss of Community / David Kronke, Disasters Just Waiting to Happen (Critical Movie Analysis) / Russell Gough, On Ethics, Money, and the Ending of “Maguire” (Critical Movie Analysis) / Wayne Rogers, “Ghosts” Reflects Noble Crusade (Critical Movie Analysis) / Gary Engle, What Makes Superman So Darned American? / Garry Wills, John Wayne’s Body / Cynthia Paco, Superman and the Duke:  Duel between American Male Icons (Student Essay) / 

 5. POPULAR CULTURE V:  “GENERATION X”:  CYBERNAUTS HUNGERING FOR MORE? 
 Lawrence Shames, The More Factor / Walter Kirn, Twentysomethings / Timothy Leary, The Cyberpunk:  The Individual as Reality Pilot / Dave Barry, Dave Barry in Cyberspace:  The Future of the Computer Revolution / Shelley Donald Coolidge, Info Highway:  A Long and Winding Road / Amy Harmon, Bigots on the Net / Cindie L. Keefauver, Those Who Die with the Most Toys Lose (Student Eassy) / 

 6. ISSUES IN AMERICA I:  CULTURE CLASH AND COMMUNITY CONSCIOUSNESS 
 Carlos Bulosan, America Is in the Heart / Toni Morrison, A Slow Walk of Trees / Richard Rodriguez, Does America Still Exist? / Paule Marshall, From the Poets in the Kitchen / Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, Living in Two Cultures / Jack G. Shaheen, The Media’s Image of Arabs / Ward Churchill, The Indian Chant and the Tomahawk Chop / Jimmy Santiago Baca, So Mexicans Are Taking Jobs from Americans (Poem) / Amy Tan, Four Directions (Short Story) / Christine Willis, We Are an Old-fashioned Stew (Student Essay) / 

 7. ISSUES IN AMERICA II:  MARTIN LUTHER KING AND THE LONG ROAD TO EQUALITY 
 Martin Luther King, Jr., I Have a Dream / William Jefferson Clinton, A New Sense of Responsibility / Ishmael Reed, America:  The Multinational Society / Orlando Patterson, Hidden Dangers in the Ethnic Revival / Cathleen Decker, Affirmative Action:  Why Battle Erupted / John T. McGreevy, From Melting Pot to Salad Bowl / Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man / Richard Smith, Affirmative Action:  Until a Fair Society Is Realized (Student Essay) / 

 8. ISSUES IN AMERICA III:  FEMINISM AND GENDER ISSUES:  CAN’T WE ALL JUST COMMUNICATE? 
 Sandra Cisneros, Selections from The House on Mango Street / Emily Prager, Our Barbies, Ourselves / Susan Faludi, Blame It on Feminism / Paula Gunn Allen, Where I Come From Is Like This / Robin Abcarian, Pink Does Not the Girl (or Boy) Make / Deborah Tannen, Sex, Lies, and Conversation / Bethany Dever, Gender Roles (Student Essay) / 

 9. ISSUES IN AMERICA IV:  POPULAR MUSIC:  ROCK, RAP, AND REPRESSION 
 Dave Barry, Parents, Children, and Music to Slaughter Cattle By / Robert Palmer, What Pop Lyrics Say to Us Today / Allan Bloom, Rock Music Has Harmed American Youth / Henry Louis Gates, Jr., 2 Live Crew Decoded / Tipper Gore, Rock Music Should Be Labeled / Danny Alexander, Labeling Rock Music Leads to Repression / Jesse Katz, Rap Furor:  New Evil or Old Story? / Kurt Vonnegut, A Final Word on Censorship from Kurt Vonnegut / Kathleen Santaro, Censorship Follies:  Was a Victory over Ice-T a Victory over Violence? (Student Essay) / 

 10. ISSUES IN AMERICA V:  SAVING THE PLANET AND OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS 
 Tom Wolfe, The Intelligent Coed’s Guide to America / Carl Sagan, The Warming of the World / Kirkpatrick Sale, The Environmental Crisis Is Not Our Fault / Robert Chianese, Sustainability / Connie Koenenn, Thinking Small in a Season of Excess / Frank Clifford, The Environmental Battle Moves into the Classroom / Carl Sagan, The Nuclear Winter / Loren Stein, Bomb Ban on the Brink / Ray Bradbury, There Will Come Soft Rains (Short Story) / Linnea Saukko, How to Poison Earth (Student Essay)


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Minorities United States Social life and customs, Popular culture United States History 20th century, Pluralism (Social sciences) United States History 20th century, United States Social life and customs 1971-American literature Minority authors