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A Reader for Writers

John Mauk

Publication Date - 06 December 2013

ISBN: 9780199947225

448 pages
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

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Read. Write. Oxford. What can you say about culture that hasn't already been said?


Read. Write. Oxford.

Culture: A Reader for Writers presents work from a broad spectrum of writers who are grappling with the cultural trends around them. Some defend the status quo, some wonder what to make of new gadgets, some embrace uncertainty, and others celebrate inevitable shifts that will resonate for years to come. Whether the topic is working conditions, student loans, movie protagonists, or soldiers returning from war, the writers give voice to the discomfort and hope that accompanies change. And more importantly, they show the writhing and wonder that makes culture itself readable. Each chapter takes on a particularly urgent subject of contemporary conversation: work, consumerism, language, social media, identity, entertainment, nature, politics, and war. The photo galleries give shape and imagery to the subjects discussed in the readings.

Developed for the freshman composition course, Culture: A Reader for Writers includes an interdisciplinary mix of public, academic, and scientific reading selections, providing students with the rhetorical knowledge and compositional skills required to participate effectively in academic and public conversations about culture and change.

Culture: A Reader for Writers is part of a series of brief single-topic readers from Oxford University Press designed for today's college writing courses. Each reader in this series approaches a topic of contemporary conversation from multiple perspectives.

About the Author(s)

John Mauk teaches writing at Miami University of Ohio.

Table of Contents

    1. Work: What We Do
    Amy Reiter, "Why Being a Jerk at Work Pays." Daily Beast
    Elizabeth Dwoskin, "Why Americans Won't Do Dirty Jobs." Bloomberg Businessweek
    Julie Hanus, "White Collared: When Did Our Jobs Turn Into a Joke?" Utne Reader
    Patricia Ann McNair, "I Go On Running." (Academic Writing)
    Jason Storms, "In the Valley of the Shadow of Debt." (Academic Writing)
    Ross Perlin, "Of Apprentices and Interns." Lapham's Quarterly
    Christian Williams, "This, That, and the American Dream." Utne Reader
    Mike Rose, "Blue-Collar Brilliance." American Scholar
    2. Consumerism: How We Spend
    Sara Davis, "Freshly Minted." The Smart Set
    David E. Procter, "The Rural Grocery Crisis." Daily Yonder
    Dan Heath and Chip Heath, "How to Pick the Perfect Brand Name." Fast Company
    Charles Kenny, "Haiti Doesn't Need Your Old T-Shirt." Foreign Policy
    Drew Harwell, "Honey Buns Sweeten Life for Florida Prisoners." St. Petersburg Times
    Sharon Begley and Jean Chatzky, "The New Science Behind Your Spending Addiction." The Daily Beast
    Sharon Angel, "Sorting Out Santa." (Academic Writing)
    Fredrik deBoer, "The Resentment Machine: The Immiseration of the Digital Creative Class." The New Inquiry
    Damien Walter, "Sparks Will Fly." Aeon
    3. Language: What We Mean
    Julie Traves, "The Church of Please and Thank You." This Magazine
    Richard Chin, "The Science of Sarcasm? Yeah, Right." Smithsonian
    Blake Gopnik, "Revolution in a Can." Foreign Policy
    Autumn Whitefield-Madrano, "Thoughts on a Word: Fine." The New Inquiry
    Juliette Kayyem,"Never Say, 'Never Again.'" Foreign Policy
    Robert Lane Greene, "OMG, ETC." More Intelligent Life
    Fleda Brown, "Art and Buddhism: Looking for What's True." (Academic Writing)
    4. Social Media: How We Communicate
    Lucy P. Marcus, "What It Means Today To Be 'Connected.'" Harvard Business Review
    Steven D. Krause, "Living Within Social Networks." (Academic Writing)
    Cynthia Jones, "Lying, Cheating, and Virtual Relationships." Global Virtue Ethics Review
    Michael Erard, "What I Didn't Write About When I Wrote About Quitting Facebook." The Morning News
    Robert Fulford, "How Twitter Saved the Octothorpe." National Post
    Roger Scruton, "Hiding Behind The Screen." The New Atlantis
    James Gleick, "What Defines a Meme?" Smithsonian
    5. Identity: Who We Are
    Sameer Pandya, "The Picture for Men: Superhero or Slacker." Pacific Standard
    Cristina Black, "Bathing Suit Shopping With Annette Kellerman, the Australian Mermaid." The Hairpin
    Doug LaForest, "Undocumented Immigrants." (Academic Writing)
    S. Alan Ray, "Despite the Controversy, We're Glad We Asked." Chronicle of Higher Education
    Eboo Patel, "Is Your Campus Diverse?" Chronicle of Higher Education
    Leila Ahmed, "Reinventing the Veil." FT Magazine
    6. Entertainment: What We Watch, How We Listen
    Laura Bennett, "Fallon and Letterman and the Invisible Late Show Audience." The New Republic
    Richard Lawson and Jen Doll, "Lies Hollywood Told Us: Love and Romance Edition." The Atlantic Wire
    Stefan Babich, "The Fall of the Female Protagonist in Kids' Movies." Persephone
    Amanda Marcotte, "The Shocking Radicalism of 'Brave.'" American Prospect
    Steve Yates, "The Sound of Capitalism." Prospect
    7. Nature: How We Share the Planet
    Jerry Dennis, "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." Excerpt from From a Wooden Canoe
    Stephanie Mills, "Some Words for the Wild." from Tough Little Beauties
    Hugh Pennington, "Bug-Affairs." London Review of Books
    Robert Moor, "Mother Nature's Sons." n+1
    Rob Dunn, "Fly On Wall Sees Things It Wishes It Hadn't." Scientific American
    David P. Barash, "Two Cheers for Nature." Chronicle of Higher Education
    Michael Shellenberger and Ted Norhaus, "Evolve. A Case for Modernization as the Road to Salvation." Orion
    8. Politics: How We Govern
    Jeremy Brecher, "The 99 Percent Organize Themselves." The Nation
    David Korten, "When Bankers Rule the World." Yes Magazine
    Deanna Isaacs, "The Transnational Economy." The Chicago Reader
    Starhawk, "A Pagan's Response to the Affordable Healthcare Act." Dirt Worship
    David R. Dow, "We Stop the Next Aurora Not With Gun Control But With Better Mental Health Treatment." Daily Beast
    Janice Brewer, "Letter from Governor Janice Brewer to President Barack Obama."
    Katelyn Langdale, "The Illogical World of U.S. Immigration." (Academic Writing)
    9. War: How We Fight
    Doug Stanton, "What the Water Dragged In." New York Times
    Benjamin Busch, "Throwing the Last Stone." Daily Beast
    Emily Chertoff, "Occupy Wounded Knee: A 71-Day Siege and a Forgotten Civil Rights Movement." The Atlantic
    Nick Turse, "A Six-Point Plan for Global War." TomDispatch
    Neal Whitman, "'Kinetic' Connections." Visual Thesaurus
    Chris Hedges, "War Is Betrayal." Boston Review
    Tom Malinowski, Sarah Holewinski, and Tammy Schultz, "Post-Conflict Potter." Foreign Policy
    Appendix: Researching and Writing About Culture

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