Prelude Understanding How We Read and Write Today. Looking at the History of Words and Images. A Guided Tour of Beyond Words. 1. Paying Attention: Reading Texts Reading Texts. What do you see? What is it about? To what does it relate? How is it composed? What details matter? 2. Getting Attention: Composing Texts. Composing Texts. What's it to you? What do you want to say about it? Who will listen? What do you need to know? How will you do it? How well does it work? 3. Picturing Ourselves: Writing to Express Identities. Introduction Reading Portraits What do you see? Painting: Van Gogh, Self-Portrait. Memoir: N. Scott Momaday, from The Way to Rainy Mountain. What is it about? Photos: Average American Family. Edward Steichen, "Greta Garbo". Walker Evans, "Hale County Alabama". Harry Benson, Jubilant Clay 81 To what does it relate? Paintings: Albrecht Durer, self-portraits . Dorothea Lange, Drought Refugees from Oklahoma How is it composed? Photo: Dorothea Lange, "Migrant Mother". Poem: Billy Collins, "Embrace". What details matter?Magazine cover: Wired, The New Face of the Silicon Age. Photo: Man Ray, Black and White American Icons. Photos: Edward S. Curtis, White Duck and A Navaho. Gertrude KÄsebier, "Zitkala-Sa". Fiction: Sherman Alexie, "IRuszkiewicz, John is the author of 'Beyond Words Reading and Writing in a Visual Age', published 2005 under ISBN 9780321276018 and ISBN 0321276019.