Table of Contents


Table of Contents by Subject

Table of Contents by Rhetorical Category

Michel de Montaigne

Of Democritus and Heraclitus

from Of Experience

from Of the Education of Children

Francis Bacon

Of Studies

John Donne

from For Whom this Bell Tolls (Meditation XVII)

Margaret Cavendish

On Social Class & Happiness

On Hearing the Ship Was Drowned

Jonathan Swift

A Modest Proposal

Samuel Johnson

On Becoming Acquainted with Our Real Characters

To Reign Once More in Our Native Country

Mary Wollstonecraft

To M. Tallyrand-Perigord

Charles Lyell

from The Principles of Geology

Harriet Martineau


Henry David Thoreau

Civil Disobedience

George Copway


Charles Darwin

from On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection

George Eliot

from Only Temper

Mark Twain

A River Pilot Looks at the Mississippi

Oscar Wilde

The New Aesthetic

Jane Addams

On Halsted Street

W.E.B. DuBois

A Mild Suggestion

Stephen Leacock

Roughing It in the Bush

Virginia Woolf

Professions for Women

The Death of the Moth

E.B. White

Once More to the Lake

George Orwell

Politics of the English Language Lear, Tolstoy, and the Fool

Lewis Mumford

from The Highway and the City

Stanley Milgram

from Behavioral Study of Obedience

Raymond Williams

Correctness and the English Language

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Letter from Birmingham Jail

Groucho Marx

Dinner with My Celebrated Pen Pal T.S. Eliot

Joan Didion

On Going Home

J. Tuzo Wilson

Did the Atlantic Close and Re- Open?

N. Scott Momaday

The Way to Rainy Mountain

Margaret Laurence

Where the World Began

Roland Barthes

The World of Wrestling

Alden Nowlan

Ladies and Gentlemen, Stompin’ Tom Connors!

Janet Flanner

Pablo Picasso

Mme. Marie Curie

Marvin Harris

Pig Lovers and Pig Haters

Fran Lebowitz

Children: Pro or Con?

Pete Singer

Speciesism and the Equality of Animals

Adrienne Rich

Invisibility in Academe Taking Women Students Seriously

Susan Wolf

Moral Saints

Mike Royko

Another Accolade for Charter Arms Corp

Alice Munro

What Is Real?

Robert Darnton

Workers Revolt: The Great Cat Massacre of the Rue Saint-Severin

Elaine Showalter

Representing Ophelia: Women, Madness, and the Responsibilities of Feminist Criticism

Stephen Jay Gould

Entropic Homogeneity Isn’t Why No One Hits .400 Any More

Ngugi Wa Thiong’o

from Decolonising the Mind

Annie Dillard

Terwilliger Bunts One

W.H. Graham

Four Farms in the Tenth of Reach

Stevie Cameron

Our Daughters, Ourselves

Anatole Broyard

Intoxicated by My Illness

Bharati Mukherjee

A Four-Hundred-Year-Old Woman

Emily Martin

The Egg and the Sperm: How Science Has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles

Dionne Brand

On Poetry

Ursula Franklin

Silence and the Notion of the Commons

Lucy Grealy

Fear Itself

Robert D. Putnam

Bowling Alone: America’s Declining Social Capital

Alice Beck Kehoe

Transcribing Insima, A Blackfoot “Old Lady”

Henry Louis Gates Jr.

The Passing of Anatole Broyard

Malcolm Gladwell

The Sports Taboo

Thomas Hurka

Philosophy, Morality and The English Patient

Judith Rich Harris

Where is the Child’s Environment? A Group Socialization Theory of Development

Adam Gopnik

Saving the Balzar

Philip Gourevitch

from We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families

Gwynne Dyer

How People Power Topples the Tyrant

Larissa Lai

Political Animals and the Body of History

Witold Rybcyznski

One Good Turn: Why the Robertson Screwdriver Is the Biggest Little Invention of the Twentieth Century

Tim Devlin

Does Working for Welfare Work?

Naomi Klein

The Swoosh

Margaret Atwood

First Job

Biographical Notes



Posted on November 2, 2015