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44 SECTION ONE Remembering: Personal Voices The boxer jabbed at his opponent. He hit h i m with a vicious right hook. He slammed him with a mind-numbing left. He backed h i m into the corner of the ropes. He pummeled h i m with a series of unforgiving blows. He finished him with an uppercut for the win. YOU TRY IT Write five loose sentences with a series of at least four actions using the "ing" form. Cooper Bernard Cooper is a writing teacher whose work has been published in Harper's Magazine, The Paris Review, and Best American Essays. "Burl's" appeared in the Los Angeles Times Magazine N and Best American Essays. In this essay a young Bernard Cooper discovers that things tirerii t always as they appear: life is more complex and ambiguous than he thought He pam4mW& \ idea using a series of incidents that contribute to or lead up to this realization, as well as an epiphany about his own sexual identity and "the hazy border between the sexes.". Teaming Up 1. Brainstorm a list of five social issues. Discuss ideas that might be used as narrative (story) to imply or illustrate each issue. Use one of the ideas—or one of your own—for Writing Idea #2. Writing Ideas 1. Drawing on the answers to Thinking and Talking Points 1-3, write an essay analyzing Brian Doyle's style, perhaps comparing/contrasting it to other essays with casual style like "Prince" by Chuck Klosterman; or compare/contrast "Meat" to an essay with more traditional style like "The Chemist's War" by Deborah Blum. 2. After reading other essays that are metaphor or contain subtext for a larger point-"Disposable Rocket" by John Updike, "Mortality" by Bailey White, "The Tree Beyond Imagining" by Reg Sanger—write an essay that uses a narrative (like Doyle) or metaphor to make a point about a larger issue. Essay Connections For essays with subtext or metaphor, see the list in Writing Idea #2. Other essays that include sports are "The Surfing Savant" by Paul Solotaroff and "On Boxing" by Joyce Carol Oates. Bernard Cooper Bernard Cooper is a writing teacher whose work has been published in Harper's Magazine, The Paris Review, and Best American Essays. "Burl's" appeared in the Los Angeles Times Magazine N and Best American Essays. In this essay a young Bernard Cooper discovers that things tirerii t always as they appear: life is more complex and ambiguous than he thought He pam4mW& \ idea using a series of incidents that contribute to or lead up to this realization, as well as an epiphany about his own sexual identity and "the hazy border between the sexes.". DUSTBIN OF HISTORY AND CULTURE MUSES : Creek goddesses of inspiration—prompted memory and presided over the arts and sciences; calling on the muse was a standard literary convention in epic poetry like Milton's Paradise Lost 1 I loved the restaurant's name, a compact curve of a word. Its sign, five big letters rimmed in neon, hovered above the roof. I almost never saw the sign with its neon lit; my parents took me there for early summer dinners, and even by the time we left—father cleaning his teeth with a toothpick, mother carrying steak bones in a doggie bag—the sky was still bright. Heat rippled off the cars parked along Hollywood Boulevard, the asphalt gummy from hours of sun. 2 With its sleek architecture, chrome appliances, and arctic temperature, Burl's offered a refuge from the street. We usually sat at one of the booths in front of the plate-glass windows. During our din- ner, people came to a halt before the news-vending machine on the corner and burrowed in their pockets and purses for change.

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