Fourth EditionLynn Z. Bloom; Louise Z. Smith©2014
Merging classic essays with some of the best writing of today, The Arlington Reader: Themes for Writers prepares you for the disciplinary thinking and writing you'll perform as an undergraduate. By developing your abilities in critical reading and thoughtful writing, the text helps you become a stronger writer.
Table of Contents
student essay]PART TWO : READINGS4 Speaking, Reading, Writing: How Does Language Make Us Human? Eudora Welty, ListeningAmy Tan, Mother Tongue*e-Pages Amy Walker, 21 Accents [video]Leslie Marmon Silko, Language and Literature from a Pueblo Indian PerspectiveSherman Alexie, The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and MeRichard Wright, From Fighting Words*George Saunders, Thank You Esther ForbesJoan Didion, On Keeping a NotebookPeter Elbow, FreewritingStephen King, Write or Die*Christopher Hitchens, Unspoken TruthsElie Wiesel, Why I Write5 Identity and Culture: Who Am I, and Why Does It Matter? *Jhumpa Lahiri, My Two LivesEric Liu, Notes of a Native SpeakerSherman Alexie, What Sacagawea Means to MeN. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy Mountain*Tony Judt, ToniJames Baldwin, Stranger in the Village*Tamara Winfrey Harris, No Disrespect: Black Women and the Burden of RespectabilityGloria Anzaldúa, from Beyond Traditional Notions of IdentityBobbie Ann Mason, Being Country6 Relationships and Life Choices: How Should We Be with Ourselves, Others, and the World? Brian Doyle, Joyas Voladores*Jonathan Franzen, Liking Is for Cowards: Go for What HurtsTerry Tempest Williams, The Clan of the One-Breasted WomanE.B. White, Once More to the LakeHenry David Thoreau, Where I Lived, and What I Lived For*e-Pages T. M. Luhrmann and Kurt Anderson, When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God [audio interview]*Malcolm Gladwell, Drinking Games*Michael Pollan, Food Movement Rising*Lisa Miller, Divided We Eat7 Education and the American Character: What Do We Teach? What Do we Learn? And Why Does This Matter? David Sedaris, What I Learned and What I Said at Princeton*e-Pages Michael Oatman, Admittance to a Better Life [audio essay]*Tim Kreider, In Praise of Not Knowing Jonathan Kozol, The Human Cost of an Illiterate SocietyRichard Rodriguez, Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood*Maya Schenwar, Learning Curve: Radical "Unschooling" Moms are Changing the Stay-at-Home Landscape*John Taylor Gatto, Against School: How Public Education Cripples Our Kids, and WhyPlato, The Allegory of the CaveHoward Gardner, Who Owns Intelligence?Linda Simon, The Naked Source *Peg Tyre, Writing Revolution8 *Gender: What Makes Us Men and Women? *Andrea Cornwall, Boys and Men Must Be Included in the Conversation on Equality *Eduardo Porter, The New Mating Market*Barbara Ehrenreich, Bonfire of the Disney Princesses*Hanna Rosin, A Boy’s Life: about transgendered children Deirdre N. McCloskey, Yes Ma’am*e-Pages Colleen Kinder, Blot Out [text essay]Natalie Angier, Men, Women, Sex, and DarwinAlice Walker, In Search of Our Mother’s GardensVirginia Woolf, Professions for Women9 Technology: What Are the Consequences of Life in a Connected World?*Maria Konnikova, Do You Think Like Sherlock Holmes? What the Detective Can Teach Us About Observation, Attention, and HappinessSherry Turkle, How Computers Change the Way We Think Nicholas Carr, Is Google Making Us Stupid?*Adam Gopnik, The Information: How the Internet Gets Inside Us*James Gleick, How Google Dominates Us *Neil Postman, The Judgment of Thamus William Deresiewicz, from Faux Friendshipe-Pages Daniel J. Solove, The End of Privacy? [text essay]Amitai Etzioni with Radhika Bhat, Second Chances, Social Forgiveness, and the Internet10 Ethics: What Principles Do—and Should—We Live By? Jeffrey Wattles, The Golden Rule – One or Many, Gold or Glitter?e-Pages Linda Barry, Hate [graphic essay]*Michael Sandel, What Isn’t for Sale? *Christine Overall, Think Before You BreedPeter Singer, The Singer Solution to World PovertyMartin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham JailUnited Nations, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights George Orwell, Shooting an Elephant*David Eagleman, The Brain on Trial*Stanley Fish, Condemnation Without Absolutes