on My Day Off, My Sister Phones Desperate for a Babysitter"
Debra Kang Dean, "Taproot"
Joy Harjo, "The Place of Origins"
Fenton Johnson, "The Limitless Heart"
Barbara Kingsolver, "Letter to My Mother"
Joyce Carol Oates, Tone Clusters
Milcha Sanchez-Scott, The Cuban Swimmer
Families: Additional Activities for Writing and Discussion
Interchapter on Notebooks and Journals (II)
"The Stories of How We Lived": Joy Harjo
Lynch, excerpts from "Sixty-Four Caprices for a Long-Distance Swimmer: Notes on Swimming 100 Miles"
Henry David Thoreau, "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For"
Thomas Moore, "The Sacred Arts of Life"
Michael Dorris, "Life Stories"
Linda Hogan, "Waking Up the Rake"
Barbara Kingsolver, "The One-Eyed Monster, and Why I Don't Let Him In"
Henrik Ibsen, The Master Builder
Work and the Quality of Life: Additional Activities for Writing and Discussion
Coda: Literature, So What?
Although originally set out to be a novel, “The Swimmer” has grown to become a widely recognized and analyzed short story, one which both readers and literary critics alike admire....