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Paula Mathieu, Boston College
George Grattan, Boston College
Tim Lindgren, Boston College
Staci Shultz, Boston College
Part of the Longman Topics reader series, Writing Places encourages students to examine the locations that define their past, present and future. As students begin to think critically and to write about these places, they realize that location is an enormous part of identity — both personally and academically.
This collection of readings offers a poignant and, oftentimes, moving variety of essays from writers of all ages, styles, and backgrounds. It is designed to be flexible to any teaching method and any composition class. The text is divided into five chapters. The first chapter is an introduction for both instructors and students to the concept of writing about place. The middle three chapters divide the essays by the period of time represented in the author’s work. The last chapter provides valuable instruction from start to finish for the writing process. It focuses specifically on how to better understand the meaning of place in life and writing.
“Longman Topics” are brief, attractive readers on a single, complex, but compelling topic. Featuring about 30 full-length selections, these volumes are generally half the size and half the cost of standard composition readers.
Table of Contents
Topical Contents ix
Preface for Instructors xiii
Preface for Students xvii
CHAPTER 1 Where Are We From? 1
Kimberly Wheaton, Mom and the Kitchen 4
Catherine Black, The Joy of Mud 8
Virginia Di Tata, A Bridge Between Two Cultures 14
Blaine Harden, A History in Concrete 18
Tim Lindgren, On Being From Fargo 24
David Sedaris, Our Perfect Summer 30
Andrea Casassa, The Coffee Shop 38
Gian-Karlo Casimiro, Get Off at 161st and Transfer To the Truth 44
Felicia Madlock, Where I’m From 48
Matthew O’Conner, Circles 51
CHAPTER 2 Where Are We? 57
Derek Owens, Where I’m Writing From 61
Gabriela de la Huerta, En Mi Cucina/In My Kitchen 75
Emily Keane, Structured Chaos 77
Ron Fletcher, By Dawn’s Early Light 81
Ray Gonzalez, Hazardous Cargo 85
Rose Arrieta, A Nation Divided 92
Mathew Dudley, The Dope on Head Shops 102
Ian Frazier, Someplace in Queens 107
Robin Dunn, King’s Chapel and Burying Ground 116
Shawn McGrath, Punk Isn’t Dead, But the Fans
Just Might Kill It 122
Rebecca Solnit, The Silence of the Lambswool
Julia Corbett, Robotic Iguanas 134
Jeffrey A. Lockwood, Becoming Native 139
CHAPTER 3 Tools for Getting Places 147
Rodney Rothman, My Fake Job 150
Sonny Fabbri, Scientific Applications 166
Eric Schlosser, On the Range 171
Chiori Santiago, The Flavor of Hope 186
Rebecca Solnit, The Orbits of Earthly Bodies 190
Marcus Renner, The People’s Freeway 193
Bill McKibben, Serious Wind 203
Erin Komada, Auburn Renewals 207
Stephan Doheny-Farina, Virtual Vermont: The Rise
Of the Global and the Decline of the Local 212
William McDonough and Michael Braungart, A New
Geography of Hope 225
CHAPTER 4 Tools for Getting Places 239
Getting Oriented 239
Taking Notes as You Observe a Place 244
Responding to Classmates’ Essays on Place 245
Locating Aerial and Topographical Photos 246
Bioregional Quizzes 247
Accessing Webcams 248
Neighborhood Writing Groups 249
Chambers of Commerce, Historical Societies,
And Colleges or University Archives 249
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