Introduction

Definition of Detail and Development

Suggested Sequence

Exercises

Suggested Readings

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Authors & Contributors

Authors on Observing

Pages 56-60 in the PHG present four authors who use techniques of observation in their writing, and they provide great examples. Joseph Nocera, a writer for Esquire, writes about Steve Jobs, co-creator of Apple computers, as an example of "Observing People." Paule Marshall observes a place in an excerpt from Brown Girl, Brownstones, which is contrasted with Wendell Berry's description in The Unsettling of America. Each passage provides a wonderful example of descriptions that evoke mood as well. In "Observing Objects," architecture critic Paul Goldberger's critique compares and contrasts a sugar wafer and a Fig Newton. An excerpt from Paul Guarlanicik's Lost Highway: Journeys and Arrivals of American Musicians describes a performance by Bobby "Blue" Bland as an illustration of "Observing Events."