Assigned Readings

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I ) Finding a situation and extracting a plot.

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Natalie Angier - Chaparoning Proteins




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Ursula K. Leguin



Ursula K. Leguin - Those Who Walk Away From Omelas



















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Michael Thomas circa 1990




Michael Thomas - "Wealth Enough"











I know this is not on the list, but give it a listen. You'll hear Diana Nyad, a former olympic swimmer, an athelete who owns many world records. She produces a sports commentary radio program "The Score" that airs in Los Angeles and is syndicated elsewhere. Here, she uncovers a situation that is rich in its implications and completely unanticipated:

Diana Nyad
Diana Nyad



Diana Nyad - Gambler's Empathy

Or this one has almost as much going for it:


Diana Nyad - Fidrych

2) Mastery of Description, setting, and "place"


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Ed Abbey













Francesca Lia Block
Francesca Lia Block











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Frank McCourt












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Denise Chavez