Blair Reader, The: Exploring Issues and Ideas, 10th edition

  • Laurie G. Kirszner, 
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The Blair Reader promotes active and critical-reading skills to help you write more effectively. Classic and contemporary selections include essays, speeches, and short stories. This revision offers new readings, new study questions, and writing/research prompts, plus new full-color visuals.

Published by Pearson (July 14th 2021) - Copyright © 2020

ISBN-13: 9780137499564

Subject: Composition

Category: Readers

Table of contents

Table of Contents

  • Topical Clusters
  • Rhetorical Table of Contents
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  1. Becoming a Critical Reader
    • Reading and Meaning
    • Reading Critically
    • Recording Your Reactions
    • Reacting to Visual Texts
  2. Writing about Reading
    • Understanding Your Assignment
    • Understanding Your Purpose
    • Understanding Your Audience
    • Writing a Response
    • Collecting Ideas
    • Developing a Thesis
    • Arranging Supporting Material
    • Drafting Your Essay
    • Revising Your Essay
  3. Family and Memory
    • Poetry: Teresa J. Scollon, “Family Music”
    • Fiction: John Mauk, “The Blessed”
    • E. B. White, “Once More to the Lake”Kristin Ohlson, “The Great Forgetting”
    • Anne-Marie Oomen, “Decent Clothes, 1959”
    • Jerry Dennis, “Lake Squall, 1967: When Salmon Anglers Encountered the Power of Lake Michigan”
    • Tao Lin, “When I Moved Online. . .”
    • Focus: What Is a Family?
    • John Culhane, “For Gay Parents, Deciding between Adoption and Surrogacy Raises Tough Moral Questions”
    • Laila Lalami, “My Fictional Grandparents”
    • Sonia Sodha, “If You Have No Children, Who Will Care for You When You’re Old?”
  4. Issues in Education
    • Lynda Barry, “The Sanctuary of School”
    • John Holt, “School Is Bad for Children”
    • Wendy Berliner, “Why There’s No Such Thing as a Gifted Child”
    • Johann N. Neem, “Online Higher Education’s Individualist Fallacy”
    • Christina Hoff Sommers, “For More Balance on Campuses”
    • Jill Filipovic, “We’ve Gone Too Far with ‘Trigger Warnings’”
    • Poetry: Howard Nemerov, “To David, About His Education”
    • Focus: Should a College Education Be Free?
    • Anya Kamenetz, “Is Free College Really Free?”
    • Matthew Yglesias, “Walmart’s Too-Good-to-Be-True ‘$1 a day’ College Tuition Plan, Explained”
    • Liz Dwyer, “Is College Worth the Money? Answers from Six New Graduates”
  5. The Politics of Language
    • Radley Balko, “The Curious Grammar of Police Shootings”
    • Infographic: Jennifer Beese “Emoji Marketing: Are We Speaking the Same Language?”
    • Dallas Spires, “Will Text Messaging Destroy the English Language?”
    • Gary Marcus, “How Birds and Babies Learn to Talk”
    • Frederick Douglass, “Learning to Read and Write”
    • Alleen Pace Nilsen, “Sexism in English: Embodiment and Language”
    • Poetry: Charles Jensen, “Poem in Which Words Have Been Left Out”
    • Focus: How Free Should Free Speech Be?
    • Jonathan Rauch, “Kindly Inquisitors, Revisited”
    • Thane Rosenbaum, “Should Neo-Nazis be Allowed Free Speech?”
    • David Palumbo-Liu, “I’m a Stanford Professor Accused of Being a Terrorist. McCarthyism Is Back.”
  6. Media and Society
    • Clay Shirky, “Last Call: The End of the Printed Newspaper”
    • Nicholas Carr, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”
    • Patton Oswalt, “Wake Up, Geek Culture. Time to Die.”
    • Quinn Norton, “The New York Times Fired My Doppelgänger”
    • David Zweig, “Escaping Twitter’s Self-Consciousness Machine”
    • Fiction: Sarah Chevallier, “If Literature’s ‘Complicated Men’ Were on Tinder”
    • Focus: What Is Fake News, and Why Does It Matter?
    • Eric Weiskott, “Before ‘Fake News’ Came False Prophecy”
    • Judith Donath, “Why Fake News Stories Thrive Online”
    • Anonymous, “I Write Fake News”
  7. Gender and Identity
    • Judy Hall, “Mommy, I‘m Just Not That Kind of Girl”
    • Fleda Brown, “Unruffled”
    • Judy Brady, “Why I Want a Wife”
    • Warren Farrell and John Gray, “The Crisis of Our Sons' Education”
    • Deborah Tannen, “Marked Women”
    • Fiction: Kate Chopin, “The Story of an Hour”
    • Focus: How Do We Talk about Sexual Harassment?
    • Moira Donegan, “I Started the Media Men List: My Name Is Moira Donegan”
    • Katie Roiphe, “The Other Whisper Network”
    • John Kirbow, “To Clarify: An Open Letter to the Men’s Rights Movement, on the #MeToo Hashtag”
  8. Culture and Identity
    • Poetry: Brenda Cárdenas, “Lecciones de lengua”
    • Reza Aslan, “Praying for Common Ground at the Christmas-Dinner Table”
    • Priscilla Frank, “Dismantling Stereotypes about Asian-American Identity through Art”
    • Jelani Cobb, “Black Panther and the Invention of ‘Africa’”
    • Jeffery Sheler and Michael Betzold, “Muslim in America”
    • Brett Krutzsch, “The Gayest One”
    • Melanie Scheller, “On the Meaning of Plumbing and Poverty”
    • Drama: Steven Korbar, “What Are You Going to Be?”
    • Focus: Do Racial Distinctions Still Matter?
    • Victoria M. Massie, “Latino and Hispanic Identities Aren’t the Same. They‘re Also Not Racial Groups.”
    • Brent Staples, “Why Race Isn’t as ‘Black’ and ‘White’ as We Think”
    • John H. McWhorter, “Why I‘m Black, Not African American”
  9. The American Dream
    • Jon Meacham, “To Hope Rather than to Fear”
    • Jonathan Rieder, “Dr. King’s Righteous Fury”
    • Thomas Jefferson, “The Declaration of Independence”
    • Abraham Lincoln, “The Gettysburg Address”
    • Jose Antonio Vargas, “Outlaw: My Life in America as an Undocumented Immigrant”
    • Poetry: Emma Lazarus, “The New Colossus”
    • Focus: Is the American Dream Still Attainable?
    • Joe Kennedy III, “Democratic Response to the State of the Union”
    • Neal Gabler, “The New American Dream”
  10. Why We Work
    • Andrew Curry, “Why We Work”
    • Debora L. Spar, “Crashing into Ceilings: A Report from the Nine-to-Five Shift”
    • Ben Mauk, “When Work Is a Game, Who Wins?”
    • Rand Fishkin, “The Truth Shall Set You Free (from a Lot of $#*% Storms)”
    • K. C. Williams, “Teaching While Black”
    • Claire Cain Miller, “How a Common Interview Question Fuels the Gender Pay Gap (and How to Stop It)”
    • Poetry: Walt Whitman, “I Hear America Singing”
    • Focus: Is Every Worker Entitled to a Living Wage?
    • Will Perkins, “Millennial Thoughts: Minimum Wage and My Take”
    • The Daily Take Team, the Thom Hartmann Program, “If a Business Won’t Pay a Living Wage, It Shouldn’t Exist”
    • James Dorn, “The Minimum Wage Delusion, and the Death of Common Sense”
    • Carol Graham, “Is the American Dream Really Dead?”
  11. Making Ethical Choices
    • Poetry: Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken”
    • Poetry: Ella Higginson, “Four-Leaf Clover”
    • Creative Nonfiction: Lynette D’Amico, “The Unsaved”
    • Jonathan Safran Foer, “How Not to Be Alone”
    • Barbara Hurd, “Fracking: A Fable”
    • Richard A. Posner, “The Truth about Plagiarism”
    • Focus: What Choices Do We Have with Our Technologies?
    • Paul Lewis, “‘Our Minds Can Be Hijacked’: The Tech Insiders Who Fear a Smartphone Dystopia”
    • Francine Berman and Vinton G. Cerf, “Social and Ethical Behavior in the Internet of Things”
    • Valery Vavilov, “The Identity Solution”
  12. Facing the Future
    • Poetry: Benjamin Busch, “New World”
    • John F. Kennedy, “Inaugural Address”
    • Jon Lovett, “Lower the Voting Age to Sixteen”
    • Joel Kotkin, “The Changing Demographics of America”
    • Alexis C. Madrigal, “Future Historians Probably Won’t Understand Our Internet, and That’s Okay”
    • Alex Wagner, from “Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging”
    • Neal Stephenson, “Innovation Starvation”
    • Focus: What’s Next for the Planet (and Beyond)?
    • Bill McKibben, “A Moral Atmosphere”
    • Ruth Khasaya Oniang‘o, “Why What We Eat Is Crucial to the Climate Change Question”
    • Michio Kaku, from “The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny beyond Earth”

Appendix: MLA Documentation

In-Text Citations

Works Cited


Index of Authors and Titles

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