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The Place Where We Dwell: Reading and Writing about New York City

Author(s): Juanita But, Sean M Scanlan, Mark Noonan

Edition: 3

Copyright: 2012

Pages: 402

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Many outsiders might view New York City as inscrutable - a place too vast and complex to understand - never mind to live in. But residents of New York know the city as a place that has both limits and great possibilities.  

The Place Where We Dwell: Reading and Writing about New York City encourages the reader to explore the city in all of its complexity. Students taking their first or second composition class might approach writing and critical thinking as overwhelming, much like New York City to the newcomer. The Place Where We Dwell contextualizes critical reading, writing, and thinking, while exploring the city some call home. 

The NEW third edition of The Place Where We Dwell inspires an animated discussion and to sustain conversations through several defined themes such as city life, immigration, urban education, art and design, current issues, and the waterfront. 

The Place Where We Dwell: Reading and Writing about New York City

  • Includes numerous essays that provide and demonstrate details and critical reflection that students could incorporate into their own writing.
  • Examines the rhetorical strategy of comparison and contrast.
  • Provides exemplary models of exposition, analysis, and argumentation and offer a broad context for student response.
  • Offers a sampling of imaginative writing that both expands upon many of the themes found throughout the reader and offers readers imaginative visions of the urban experience.
  • Includes student-friendly pedagogical elements such as chapter introductions, author biographies preceding each selection, pre-reading questions. Discussion questions, writing tasks, a companion website, and more! 

SECTION I: Here is New York  

Chapter 1. New Yorkers and their Neighborhoods  
Colson Whitehead, The Colossus of New York  
Katie Roiphe, Coney Island of the Mind  
E. B. White, Here is New Yorks  
Langston Hughes, Subway Rush Hour  
Ralph Ellison, New York 1936  
Anna Quindlen, Pregnant in New York  
Ian Frazier, Take the F  
Willie Perdomo, Where I’m From  
Frances Chung, Yo Vivo En El Barrio Chino  
Nelson George, Fort Greene Dreams  

Chapter 2. Immigrants and the American Dream  
Emma Lazarus, The New Colossus  
Langston Hughes, Good Morning  
Anzia Yezierska, America and I  
Junot Diaz, The Money  
Claude McKay, The Tropics in New York  
Frances Chung, Riding the Subway Is an Adventure  
Edwidge Danticat, New York Was Our City on the Hill  
Suki Kim, Facing Poverty with a Rich Girl’s Habits  

Chapter 3. Urban Education  
DeWitt Clinton, Free Schools  
Colin Powell, My American Journey  
Bilal Rahmani, Chronicles of a Once Pessimistic College Freshman  
Esmeralda Santiago, When I Was Puerto Rican  
Alfred Lubrano, Bricklayer’s Boy Howard Gardner, Five Minds for the Future  
Claudia Wallace and Sonja Steptoe, How to Bring Our Schools into the 21st Century  

Chapter 4. Urban Art and Design  
José Parlá, Research and Memory  
Joseph Anastasio, My Life in Graffiti  
Berenice Abbott, Photographing the City  
Lewis Wickes Hine, New York at Work  
Dinanda H. Nooney, Domestic Photographs of Brooklyn  
Rem Koolhaas, Prediction  
Donald Reynolds, The Making of an Icon  
Mark Naison, From Doo Wop to Hip Hop: The Bittersweet Odyssey of African-Americans in the South Bronx  

Chapter 5. Current Issues 177 
James Parrott, As Incomes Gap Widens, New York Grows Apart  
Brian Paul, Affordable Housing Policies May Spur Gentrification, Segregation  
Margaret Morton, The Homeless  
Mark Berkey-Gerard, Youth Gangs  
Aarti Shahani, Legalization and De-Legalization  
Courtney Gross, Despite Setbacks, Bloomberg Plan Has Made New York Greener  
Benjamin Shepard, Fighting Police Brutality in Global Brooklyn  

Chapter 6. Exploring the Waterfront  
“Giovanni Verazzano Discovers the Bay”  
Russell Shorto, Henry Hudson: The Pollinator  
Walt Whitman, Mannahatta  
Ernest Poole, The Harbor  
Phillip Lopate, The Brooklyn Bridge  
Jennifer Egan, Reading Lucy  
Gloria Deak, The People, Parks, and Ambience of Brooklyn  

SECTION II: Literary New York  
Fiction 
Herman Melville, Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street  
Stephen Crane, A Dark-Brown Dog  
Edith Wharton, Mrs. Manstey’s View  
O. Henry, The Making of a New Yorker  
John Dos Passos, I. Ferryslip  
Ralph Ellison, Prologue to “Invisible Man”  
Monique Ferrell, Tu Sabes: A Story In Three Parts  
Kiran Desai, The Inheritance of Loss  
Ha Jin, A Good Fall  

Poetry 
Hart Crane, The Bridge  
Ezra Pound, In a Station of the Metro  
Edna ST. Vincent Millay, Recuerdo  
Amy Lowell, The Taxi  
Langston Hughes, Lenox Avenue: Midnight  
Hilda Morley, New York Subway  
Li-Young Lee, The City in Which I Love You  
Harvey Shapiro, Meditation on a Brooklyn Bench  
Abraham Benjamin (2011), Lost Son’s Self-Assessment  
Taiyo Na, Immigrant Mother (Lovely to Me)  
Gang Starr, The Place Where We Dwell  
Meena Alexander, Central Park, Carousel  
George Guida, Life in the New World  
Toni Morrison, The Dead of September 11  

Juanita But

Sean M Scanlan

Mark Noonan

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