Motives for Writing

Motives for Writing

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This collection of primarily contemporary readings is organized around the varied purposes that motivate writers, and includes a detailed guide to writing for each motive. The book's fourth edition puts greater emphasis on academic writing and research, and offers, among other changes, a new chapter on analyzing images.
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  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 1,003.99g
  • McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
  • Mayfield Publishing Co ,U.S.
  • United States
  • English, Multiple languages
  • Revised
  • 4th Revised edition
  • 076741683X
  • 9780767416832

Table of contents

* New to this edition Introduction: Writing for Your Life 1. Writing to Understand Experience Levi's, Marilyn Schiel Grub, Scott Russell Sanders Life with Father, Itabari Njeri "Mommy, What Does 'Nigger' Mean?" Gloria Naylor Earth's Eye, Edward Hoagland Living Like Weasels, Annie Dillard Sweet Chariot, Mark Doty 2. Writing to Report Information As Feezing Persons Recollect the Snow, Peter Stark * The New Gold Ruch, Rebecca Solnit * Why McDonald's Fries Taste So Good, Eric Schlosser Tough Break, Tim Rogers * Uncharted Territory, Elizabeth Kolbert The Thin Red Line, Jennifer Egan * The Nanking Safety Zone, Iris Chang 3. Writing to Interpret Information In Japan, Nice Guys (and Girls) Finish Together, Nicholas D. Kristof Shouting "Fire!" Alan M. Dershowitz * What Does the Bible Say about Women, Peter Gomes Women's Brains, Stephen Jay Gould What Happened to the Anasazi? Catherine Dold * The Joys of Perils of Victimhood, Ian Burma * Hitler and the Occult: The Magical Thinking of Adolf Hitler, Raymond L. Sickinger 4. Writing to Evaluate Something * It's Only Water, Right? Consumer Reports The Sad Comedy of Really Bad Food, Dara Moskowitz * Bing Crosby, The Unsung King of Song, Gary Giddens * Reach Out and Annoy Someone, Johnathan Rowe * She: Portrait of the Essay as a Warm Body, Cynthia Ozick My Diagnosis, Sysanna Kaysen Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses, Mark Twain 5. Writing to Analyze Images * NeXT: Understanding a Corporate Logo, Steven Heller and Karen Pomerov * Designing a Web Page, Patrick J. Lynch and Sarah Horton * Images of Women in European Art, John Berger * Beauty (Re)discovers the Male Body, Susan Bordo * Falling in Love with Food, Jean Kilbourne * Conveying Atrocity in Image, Barbie Zelizer 6. Writing to Move Others You Are Me, Larry Carlat I Have a Dream, Martin Luther King, Jr. A Hanging, George Orwell Am I Blue? Alice Walker On Behalf of the Insane Poor, Dorothea Dix * The State of the Union, George W. Bush A Modest Proposal, Johnathan Swift 7. Writing to Persuade Others Clean Up or Pay Up, Louis Barbash * Flunk the Electoral College, Pass Instant Runoffs, John B. Anderson * Racial Profiling: The Liberals are Right, Stuart Taylor, Jr. Why You Can Hate Drugs and Still Want to Legalize Them, Joshua Wolf Shenk * Privacy, the Workplace and the Internet, Seumas Miller and John Weckert The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson Letter from Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, Jr. 8. Writing to Amuse Others Technology Makes Me Mad, Patricia Volk It's Nice Work, If You Can Avoid It, Jeff Foxworthy Breakfast at the FDA Cafe, John R. Alden * How I'm Doing, David Own * Eleventh Hour Bride, Sandra Tsing Loh * The Young Man and the Sea, Henry Alford * The Learning Curve, David Sedaris 9. Writing to Experiment with Form Monologue to the Maestro, Ernest Hemingway 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 10. Writing to Understand Reading Abalone, Abalone, Abalone, Toshio Mori Winners, Lon Otto Daystar, Rita Dove The Driving Range, Leslie Adrienne Miller * If This is Paradise, Dorianne Laux * Big Black Car, Lynn Emanuel * Wearing Indian Jewelry, Heid Erdrich Defining Us, Rafael Campo * Sherbet, Cornelius Eddy Power, Audre Lorde Off from Swing Shift, Garret Hongo * Execution, Edward Hirsch 40 Days and 40 Nights, Henri Cole Reclaiming the Walk, John F. O'Brien * Visitation, Mark Doty Trifles, Susan Glaspell
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