Read “Once More to the Lake” by E. B. White, pp. 97-100, and “Androgynous Man” by Noel Perrin, pp. 243-244. Select one of the pieces to write about.
Both of these stories involve trips or vacations, time spent away from the author’s everyday environment. Both deal with memory and growing up.
Take a look at how the author uses sentences to give details of the vacation or the trip. Are the sentences long, short, poetic, matter of fact?
Then write about whether you think the author is successful in creating an interesting or moving piece about memory. What makes the writing successful for you?
Select a favorite sentence from the piece and include it, like this:
“I read all the interesting articles in a couple of magazines I had, and then I went back and read all the dull stuff.”
Why is it a favorite for you? What was your reaction when you read it, and how did the author evoke that reaction?