INTRODUCTORY NOTE: Scott Russell Sanders is a Distinguished
Professor in the creative writing program at Indiana University. The
following passage is adapted from a book he published in 1993.
As a boy in Ohio, I knew a farm family, the Millers
Wendell Berry is a poet, novelist, and essayist. The following passage
was reprinted in the September 1988 issue of Harper's Magazine.
Why I Will Not Buy a Computer
Like almost everybody else, I am hooked to the energy corporations, which I do not
INTRODUCTORY NOTE: Alfie Kohn (b. 1957) is an American author of 10
books and scores of articles. His most frequent topics include discussions of
American education and parenting. Many of Kohns pieces challenge traditional
or conventional attitudes and be
INTRODUCTORY NOTE: After earning a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Chicago,
Brent Staples has reported news and has written criticism of literature, jazz, and social trends.
Since 1990 he has been a member of the editorial board of The New York
INTRODUCTORY NOTE: Robert Newman is a professor of English at the
University of Utah. The following passage is adapted from an essay he
published in 1997.
THE VALUE OF SILENCE
Last summer my wife and I visited the Grand Teton and Yellowstone national park
Joseph Wood Krutch (1893-1 910) American literary and social
critic, wrote the following essay (here excerpted) in 1965.
Once when James Boswell and Dr. Johnson were discussing Boswell's greatest
weakness-drink-Boswell said it was strange that a man shoul
William J. Fulbright was a United States Senator from Arkansas from 1945 until 1974 and was
best known as chairman of the powerful Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. He cosponsored the Fulbright-Hayes Act that helped to create prestigious Fulbright Fe
INTRODUCTORY NOTE: Lewis Thomas was a physician, for
many years the head of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
in New York City. He also wrote essays, often reflections based on
research findings in biology. The following passage is adapted from
Lee Iacocca (b. 1924) is best known for his years as an auto executive in Detroit, being
appointed President of the Ford Division of General Motors on his 40th birthday. During his
time at Ford, Iacocca was involved in the design of several successful For
Thoughts on Reading
Note: Allan Bloom is a professor at the University of Chicago. This passage is excerpted from
his recent book, The Closing of the American Mind.
When I first noticed the decline in reading during the late 60's, I began a
WHAT IS INTELLIGENCE, ANYWAY?
What is intelligence, anyway? When I was in the army, I received a kind of aptitude test
that all soldiers took and, against a normal of 100, scored 160. No one at the base had ever seen
a figure like that, and f
INTRODUCTORY NOTE: James Dannenburg lives in Kailua, Hawaii.
His essay originally appeared in the My Turn column in the
February 18, 2002, issue of Newsweek.
What I Did Was Legal, But Was It Right?
Funny how time and events can turn your world view upside
My thesis is admittedly extreme; it is, simply put, that competition by its very
nature is always unhealthy. This is true, to begin with, because competition and
cooperation are mutually exclusive orientations. I say this fully
Where Have the Children Gone?
Joshua Meyrowitz teaches communication at the University of New Hampshire. He is the author of No
Sense of Place: The Impact of Electronic Media on Social Behavior (1985).
About six years ago I was eating lun
INTRODUCTORY NOTE: Dr. Peggy Drexler is a research psychologist, gender
expert, and author. She published Why Alone Time Is So Important for Boys and
Girls on July 17, 2012, in The Huffington Post. The original text has been adapted
slightly to make it mo
INTRODUCTORY NOTE; Charles Siebert often writes for
Harper's magazine. The following passage is adapted from an
essay published there in 1991.
WHERE HAVE ALL THE ANIMALS GONE?
I tried to visit my neighborhood zoo one afternoon last year but found it close
When Rights Collide
This selection was written by Amitai Etzioni, a professor of sociology at Columbia
University and director of the Center for Policy Research. Born in Germany in 1929,
Etzioni was educated at Hebrew University and the University of Cali
INTRODUCTORY NOTE: Willard Gaylin (1925- ) is professor of clinical
psychology at Columbia University. In the following passage, he argues
against the way some people use the insights that psychoanalysis provides.
The Father Edward Flanagan Gaylin refers
WHAT TRUE EDUCATION SHOULD DO
Sydney J. Harris
When most people think of the word "education," they think of a pupil as a sort of animate
sausage casing. Into this empty casing, the teachers are supposed to stuff "education."
But genuine education, as Soc
The following passage appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education. The author, Carl
Singleton, is responding to recommendations made in 1984 for improving the quality of
"W hat Our Education System Needs Is More F's"
I suggest that i
INTRODUCTORY NOTE: Jonathan Alter is a columnist for Newsweek.
This essay appeared in the issue dated November 5, 2001.
TIME TO THINK ABOUT TORTURE
In this autumn of anger, even a liberal can find his thoughts turning to.torture. OK, not cattle
prods or r
Time to Outlaw Cigarettes?
If a Martian were somehow to land in the United States, and the Martian could read English,
and the Martian happened to pick up copies of America's most popular magazines, the Martian
could be excused for coming to a
INTRODUCTORY NOTE: Richard Rodriguez is a prolific Mexican-American
author of books, essays, and articles. Stuff aired on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
on April 27, 1998.
I come often to this huge building to do much of my shopping. It's called Costc
Introductory Note: Paule Marshall is a novelist who was born in
Brooklyn in 1929, the daughter of immigrants from Barbados, West
Indies. In her essay "The Poets in the Kitchen," excerpted here, she
attributes her appreciation of language to long-ago conve
INTRODUCTORY NOTE: Born in 1912, May Sarton published her first book in 1937.
She is best known as a poet; she has also published an autobiographical journal. She wrote
the following essay about her life in Maine in 1974.
The Rewards of Living a Solitary
George Orwell (1903-1950), English novelist and essayist,
wrote the following piece (here edited) in 1945.
Some months ago I cut out of a shiny magazine some paragraphs written by a female
journalist and describing the pleasure resort of th
M. Scott Peck, a psychiatrist, writes extensively on mental
health. The following passage appears in The Road Less Traveled (1978).
Problems and Pain
Life is difficult.
This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths.* It is a great truth because once w
INTRODUCTORY NOTE: Bill McKibben is a prolific writer, professor, and
environmentalist who has published widely in publications such as the
New Yorker, New York Times, Harpers, Atlantic Monthly, and Outside. He
lives in New York with his wife and daughter
Introductory Note: Pericles, who lived from 495 to 429 B.C., was an Athenian statesman,
general, and orator. His funeral oration, excerpted here, was delivered to commemorate the first
Athenians killed in what became a long war with Sparta, a rival city.
INTRODUCTORY NOTE: The following passage is adapted from an essay
originally published by Steven Muller in 1978.
OUR YOUTH SHOULD SERVE
Too many young men andwomen now leave secondary school without a well-developed
sense of purpose. If they go right to w
Professor Dr. Vienna
11 May 2016
How Processed Foods Make Contributions To Human Lives
Many people assume that health problem nowadays has became a serious one, and
people all suffer from health problem. Since h
Zhaohui Li (Leeblanc)
Dr. Olga Vienna
SDCC 4 2D Discover draft
25 April 2016
Misconceptions about processed foods
Obesity has troubled people for years because it threatens peoples lives because the rate
of death of obesities is nearly two time
Professor Dr. Vienna
17 May 2016
Been Controlled By Foods
The way that how people acquire foods has changed greatly in the last 50 years than
in previous 10000. People who lived in the past eat foods which they gre
Professor Dr. Vienna
19 May 2016
First of all, I want to say thank you to my professor, Dr. Vienna. Thanks to her
explanations and instructions, those are the things that contributes to my progress. Even
Leeblanc (Zhaohui Li)
There is study like Murrays article of Are Too Many People Going To College? sheds
lights on the disadvantage of liberal education with different perspective, which previous studies
had not addressed (Murray